Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Local Heroes: Paradiso

For the next few months, the blogs are going to be a bit haphazard as they will flit from country and country. I've still got about a month and a half backlog of posts about my South American travels of which I'm trying to retrieve photos whilst my camera went on the blink. I thought whilst I was back in Blighty, I would start up a new series of posts about the great little, independent places I discover called Local Heroes. I imagine the majority will revolve around food but hopefully there will be a variety of different places by the end! Anyhoo without further ado, here's my first local hero...

Paradiso has been a staple of ours for quite a while now. As the Twitter blurb says, Paradiso is "One of those restaurants you'll discover by word of mouth rather than by walking past." Lucky we know someone who's in the know because the food is lovely, the Italian cheeky-chappy service is brilliant and to top it all off, it's great food at a good price.

We were blessed the day we went as the sun was actually shining in Newcastle for once and we were able to sit on the outdoor terrace. To start off with, my mam and I decided to go for one of the many cocktails on offer, which was encouraged by the fact that there was an offer for two cocktails for a tenner. I opted for the Espresso Martini whilst my mam in typical shock-value fashion went for the Cocaine Martini (Vodka, Amaretto, Kahlua and Baileys)

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Now for the main event, the food. Like said before, Paradiso offers great food at a good price and their set menu offers some interesting and varied options. As per, it took me a while to decide as I was spoilt for choice but I eventually decided on fishcake with a fennel salad for starter:

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And a delicious Morrocan lamb kofta with homemade humous and coriander flatbread for main.

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Mam chose the homemade tomato and broccoli gnocchi which was incredible.

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Dad decided to go for the mixed fish plate with homemade pesto which again was top-quality.

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There was the option for a third course but even I couldn't squeeze anymore in. The pudding options did look very tempting to say the least! So how much did we have all this for? Two courses on the set menu for lunchtime cost £9.95 which considering the quality of the dishes is a brilliant deal. By the exit, there is this mural which I think sums up the experience at Paradiso.

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Want to taste it for yourself? Paradiso, 1 Market Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Opening Times: Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm 5pm-10:30pm Fri-Sat 11am-10:45pm. Special Set Menu runs Mon-Fri 11:30am-6pm 2 courses £9.95, 3 courses £12.95 Mon-Fri 6pm-10.30 and Sat all day: 2 courses £13.95 3 courses £16.95. For more information, go to their Facebook page or Twitter.

What are your favourite spots in Newcastle?

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