Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lebanese Lounge Delights Senses; WAFI LOUNGE48 Clayton Street West Newcastle GPS: NE1 1EX Www.wafi-Lounge.Co.UK BY SIMON DUKE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lebanese Lounge Delights Senses; WAFI LOUNGE48 Clayton Street West Newcastle GPS: NE1 1EX Www.wafi-Lounge.Co.UK BY SIMON DUKE

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Byline: SIMON DUKE

ANYONE who drank on Newcastle's gay scene in the early Noughties will have most definitely paid at least one visit to Eclipse, but now its pool tables, drink deals and dance music have been replaced by sumptuous decor, Lebanese cuisine and a new shisha bar and restaurant in the shape of Wafi Lounge.

The Clayton Street haunt had a complete overhaul to take on its new identity and from its fresh and modern but, at the same time, inviting look to the absolutely top-drawer food, Wafi Lounge makes a great impression.

Four of us headed there on a chilly night in the Toon for some pre-concert sustenance before heading to the nearby Metro Radio Arena to see Paloma Faith, and while her show was tinged with a sense of disappointment due to the absence of some of her hits, there was nothing to find fault with in our meal.

TO START Wafi Lounge's menu is eclectic and plentiful, so it was little surprise it took us a while to settle on what to have for our respective appetizers.

In the end I went for Labneh, a blend of Lebanese cream cheese, mint and cucumber, while the others plumped for Hommos Shawarma Chicken (pure chickpeas, sesame paste, lemon juice topped with sliced chicken), Hommos Beirutty (chickpea puree with hot green chilli, parsley, sesame paste and lemon juice) and Warak Inab (vine leaves stuffed with rice, tomato, onion, parsley and spices).

All four starters were presented well; proved to be very tasty and with the most expensive of them still only costing PS5.20, they definitely didn't break the bank.

And with an assortment of bread brought to the table to enjoy them with, we were certainly satisfied customers as we awaited our mains.

ON TO THE MAINS Once again, with so many different options staring back at you from the menu, this was a tough call. …

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