Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Place to While Away the Winter; the Living Room

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Place to While Away the Winter; the Living Room

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12 Grey Street, Newcastle.

Tel: 0191 255 4450 Web: www.thelivingroom.co.uk/location/newcastle Disabled access: Yes THE weather may have been a bit milder than the norm of late, but that hasn't stopped this restaurant launching its warming winter menu.

In fact, The Living Room is hoping you will soon be donning your fur coat, scarves and gloves and fully embracing all that winter has to offer with its new seasonal menu.

Fusspot and I decided to give it a go, having been fans of this restaurant bar since it opened in Newcastle six years ago.

It always has a warming atmosphere, winter menu or not, and such was the case again on this visit.

According to the bosses, with an eye on popular trends in eating out, the menu has been redefined to ensure that The Living Room's culinary offer is up-to-date, inspiring and tempting.

Seasonal ingredients, creative cooking and reasonable prices are core elements and we were out to sample them.

To start with we decided to share some edamame beans with soy, ginger and chilli (pounds 2.95). These come still in their pods and when sucked out the merging of tastes from the soy, ginger and chilli on the pods with the beans themselves is exquisite.

So to the food proper. Callum decided to try the butternut and sage risotto with blue cheese (pounds 4.95 starter/pounds 8.74 main).

Risotto of course can be quite a filling dish, but the starter version was just the right size.

The blue cheese gave it a slight sour and bitter taste, but this only added to the flavour and it proved a big hit.

I opted for the scallops on cauliflower puree with mild curried oil and cauliflower crisps (pounds 8.25). Again, the quantity served up was just ample enough to whet the appetite but leave plenty of room for mains. The scallops were cooked just-so and the puree did not overpower. With the emphasis on the new winter menu, I felt it only fair that I try one of the dishes meant to be warm, hearty and comforting.

So it was I found myself tucking into the pork T-bone with an apple and potato gratin and a sage and onion jus (pounds 14. …

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