Friday at last. I can’t believe October is nearly over, what a month it’s been! Hope you’re all ready for Halloween celebrations and are up to ghostly goings-on this weekend, I certainly am! Anyway, let’s rewind back two weeks ago when I was lucky enough to be fine dining at Newcastle’s legendary Six, BALTIC’s stunning rooftop restaurant. Six is located on the sixth floor, obviously, top floor of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and is known for its breathtaking panoramic views of the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside and beyond, as well as its well renowned modern British cuisine.
As you can imagine, going to the Six is kind of a big deal, I was so excited since I’ve never been before and decided to bring my Aunt along with me. The table was booked for 6:45 pm, so we left with plenty of time to find the car park. Parking in Newcastle is a nightmare if you didn’t already know but conveniently BALTIC have their own carpark, located next door to the building, which is very reasonably priced too. Walking into the centre shows off the ground views of Newcastle’s famous Quayside, which at night is light up creating a lovely winter, cosy atmosphere. We headed in and took the lift straight up to the sixth floor.
As soon as you arrive in the restaurant, you’re aware of the scenery since there are no walls it’s all windows… amazing, for those of you who are afraid of heights, don’t worry, you feel really safe and secure. The restaurant is quite dark at night, the lighting is dim setting the abience of the place. I suppose it has to be, to really appreciate the views. The staff at Six are so lovely, we were greeted very politely and shown to our table. The decor and interior is very futuristic, modern and chic. Exactly what I imagined since it’s located in an art centre. Our table was right in the middle of the dining space, we got the Newcastle Quayside view facing. The millennium bridge is even more beautiful from the angle you see at Six than up close. Truly stunning.
The restaurant has designed its menus around sustainable and locally sourced produce, supporting local businesses and small artisan producers. Which is always lovely to hear and you know you’re getting the best stuff then! The chefs design delicious dishes inspired by the best ingredients of the season since menus change monthly. We went for the Early Evening menu, which is available Tuesday-Saturday 5:30 – 6.45, with two courses for £21 or three courses for £24.50. Considering it’s an Early Evening menu, there’s a great range of dishes to suit everyone. Whilst deciding what I fancied, I grabbed a mocktail since I was designated driver and went for the Very Berry combo, and my aunt went for a glass of Rose.
After much deliberation, I went for the Mussel, Leek and Bacon Chowder and my aunt went for the Beetroot Tartare, Chicory and Orange Salad. My chowder (soup) was delicious, very creamy, the muscles weren’t overpowering either and worked really well with the bacon. The Beetroot Tarte was different, a unique taste as my aunt described it but really nice. Portion size wise, they were just right. It’s a pet hate of mine when you get a starter that’s the same size as a main.
For mains, Plaice Goujons, Mushy Peas, Warm Tartar Sauce with Buttered New Potatoes and she went for the Smoked Confit Belly Pork, Fondant Potato, Pumpkin Puree, Red Wine Jus. The Plaice Goujons were a tastier version of fish and chips to sum it up, they were scrumptious. I’m not that keen on mushy peas but these were divine and the potatoes were cooked to perfection. The Belly Pork… well just look at the photo. Wow, the meat was very juicy and marinated very well, the potato with puree was a gorgeous combination. Each ingredient complimented each other. Again portion sizes were just right, I didn’t feel overly full or bloated which meant I could squeeze a dessert in. Winning. For pudding, I decided on the Milk Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Sauce because salted caramel is my favourite taste in the world…ever. My aunt went for the Bergamot Posset, Coconut Granita both were extremely light and cleaned our palettes.
We had a fantastic evening at Six, the food was five star and the views plus atmosphere may make this my favourite restaurant in Newcastle. If you’re in Newcastle soon, you need to go here.