The biggest brunch on the scene is at the recently re-launched Chez Mal Brasserie at the Malmaison Hotel. Offering a whopping 4 courses for £19.99, the hotel has brought destination dining to the Quayside. Once only a mainstay with residents, the brunch brings in a whole new clientele looking to fill their plates with foodie perfection without emptying their wallets.
Social dining has really taken off in Newcastle of late and brunch is fast moving up the popularity ranks of places to go and be seen – only here is it acceptable to have a cocktail with your scrambled eggs!
Your senses are bombarded with an ever changing array of fresh soups and freshly baked breads, as well as an incredibly abundant selection of charcuterie, cheese, seafood and salad from the Market Table; You may be fooled in to thinking this is merely an upmarket all you can eat buffet. You’d be wrong.
Praying you haven’t overdone it on the first 2 courses, main dishes are offered from a selection of popular choices such as a full English or the ever stylish Eggs Florentine or if breakfast isn’t what you are hankering for, there’s always the good old classics like a burger, fish & chips or the signature Mal Sunday Roast.
We opted for the Sunday roast. Generous slices of Black Angus beef were presented with a good old Yorkshire pudding, glazed parsnips, carrots, roast potatoes and buttered green beans. There was an abundance of gravy and the obligatory accompanying sauces.
We washed down our delicious roast a Malchemy cocktail each. It was the perfect way take a break from eating and to make a little space ready for dessert! As it was a celebratory visit, the sticky toffee pudding came adorned with a birthday wish. The pudding alone was the perfect present – the thick sticky pecan toffee sauce is most definitely worth a revisit.
Overall, for £19.99 we were thoroughly impressed with both the quality and quantity of food on offer and highly recommend you try it as it is very reasonable compared to other city centre offerings.
Our top tip is to book in advance to secure either a window seat or a cosy booth. Make sure not to go when there is a voucher deal on as it gets BUSY and the replenishment of dishes can be an issue.
* Content will be repeated in Taste Magazine. Photos 1 & 2 courtest of Vicky at Describe the Sky