Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Roaring Success? I'm Afraid It's Not

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Roaring Success? I'm Afraid It's Not

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Byline: GORDON BARR

Tiger Tiger

The Gate Newgate St, Newcastle upon Tyne Tel: (0191) 235 7065

IT'S a bit of a restaurant jungle out there in Newcastle at the moment.

With so many eateries to choose from - and in these days of the credit crunch - it really is a survival of the fittest.

Within that jungle remains one of the big cats, Tiger Tiger, and it has relaunched its restaurant, The Grill. Four of us ventured there midweek to check out its a la carte menu.

It didn't get off to a great start as when we approached the dining room doors, we were met by a distinct aroma from the men's toilet - the doors were fully open and you could see in. For first impressions it wasn't very pleasant.

Once inside the dining area, the lighting was subdued, the tables were not cramped or overcrowded, and this created a nice ambience.

We did notice the table next to us had scratches and marks on it, while some of the veneer was peeling away - not acceptable if you are trying to 're-launch'.

We had no complaints about restaurant manager Sarah Jane, though, who was lovely.

Two of us had the mushrooms in a peppercorn sauce on toasted ciabatta (pounds 4.50), which was topped with melted blue cheese and served with wild rocket.

This proved tasty and had a kick and a very nice aftertaste. The duck spring rolls - shredded Peking duck with Chinese vegetables in a crisp filo pastry - served with aromatic plum sauce (pounds 4.95) were light and delicious, but the tiger prawns sauteed in garlic, white wine and parsley butter (pounds 5.95), were a bit dry, while the bread order took ages to arrive.

I chose The Grill signature dish for my main meal. The sirloin steak and half a Canadian lobster (pounds 17.95) was indeed wonderful. The steak was one of the leanest and tastiest I have had in years and it was perfectly cooked.

Garlic butter was drizzled over the top and it came with chunky chips and mixed salad. …

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