I’m staying in Newcastle for work a lot at the moment and last night we stayed at Motel One. For £59 a night, it is fantastic!
It’s tucked away on a side street (with no parking) and opposite is a gorgeous Catalan Restaurant, Kaltur.
We were starving, so after ordering a bottle of Cava, we barely looked at the menu before ordering one of each of the tapas dishes, along with the Kaltur Ibericos board. After taking our order, the waitress came back saying the chef was concerned that we may have ordered too much food. Oh how we laughed! I can eat a lot, but the two guys I was with are animals! We would have cleared anything they put in front of us!
The food came out as soon as it was cooked, all fresh, beautifully presented (the photos don’t do the food justice, I had to snap quickly before it got demolished!)
First out was the Ibericos board, a selection of cured meats, bread sticks and roasted red peppers. Oh my goodness, this was amazing. The selection of meat was vast and super tasty. I wasn’t keen on the white chorizo, but everything else was a pleasure!
Then came the grilled vegetables in romesco sauce. Yellow courgette, asparagus and peppers accompanied by a nut and a red pepper sauce. I’ve never had this particular sauce and I would love the recipe!
The garlic prawns were beautiful. Perfectly cooked and seasoned brilliantly!
Black pudding…. I’ve always steered well clear as the thought turns my stomach! I decided that as the rest of the food was so good I would try this. Not my cup of tea to be honest but no where near as bad as I thought it would be. My bosses absolutely loved the flavour.
So much for ordering too much, we actually ordered more patatas bravas, aubergine and tuna! (Technically we didn’t need it, we just couldn’t get enough of the amazing food)
We finished with a G&T each and relaxed for a few minutes. The place filled up quickly and the appreciative noises reverberated around the small restaurant. This beautiful restaurant was a complete surprise, and I genuinely can’t wait to head back. I am totally shocked that this was opening night and there was not one thing I could fault. One of my favourite restaurants this year! I can see this place being a huge success! Congratulations guys!