Fuego – Fenwicks, Newcastle

Fuego Fenwicks Newcastle

The all new glitzy glam Fenwicks Food Hall is a right posh affair. Boasting 3 restaurants, a cafe, a wine bar and a coffee bar, the new look layout is a playground for foodies so after spending a hell of a lot more than I intended to in there, we made our way to Fuego. An Italian focusing on pizzas and small plates.

Stepping in to the contemporary space, you are offered a choice of split level seating, from the bar, to a dining area and the oh so Instagram-able marble high tables. Scrubbed floors, exposed bricks and burnished metal tables made you part of the identity of Fuego, rather than sitting in the corner of a department store. The staff were impeccably helpful and personably which made the dining experience that so much nicer.

Fuego Fenwicks Newcastle

The menu is split simply in to sections from nibbles to charcuterie and cheeses to salads and small plates. The pizzas are the main attraction, the star on the play bill. All the dishes were very reasonably priced. Our waitress explained we could order a “starter and main” or go for the small plate casual option and order a few dishes each as and when.

Opting for everything to arrive at once, my lovely dining companion and I went for a pizza each and some nibbles. While filling, the pizza’s werent on the large size and I think an evening meal, an extra plate of tastiness was definitely called for.

Fuego Fenwicks Newcastle

The San Daniele Pizza (£11) was crisp and light and topped with proscuitto, rocket and parmesan shavings. None of the toppings had been scrimped on, the ham was certainly abundant. Rocket was a bit unwieldy when picking a slice up, definitely a knife and fork job.

Fuego Fenwicks Newcastle

The Ricotta Pizza (£10) looked very plain and simple but the effortless combination of the fresh tomato base and the crisp ultra thin base worked well with the rich and creamy cheese. A lighter alternative to the usual layering of mozzarella.

Fuego Fenwicks Newcastle

As a tasty little addition, we split a portion of Padron Peppers (£2), a generous serving and perfect for sharing or grazing on over wine. Bit vinegary and needed extra salt but still very tasty. The Calarmari with Chilli and Aioli (£5) light crisp batter perfectly covered the slender squid and the fresh chillis really give it a kick up the backside which gets the thumbs up from me. The dish was rather cold when it arrived but as it was a nibble, it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Fuego Fenwicks Newcastle

Fuego Fenwicks Newcastle

As my companion had never had Churro’s before, an order of Churro’s and Chocolate Sauce (£5) was ordered to complete our visit. The crispy donut sticks and the gooey hot chocolate sauce? I don’t think words can describe how well received this was!

Fuego Fenwicks Newcastle

Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable visit to Fuego, with attentive staff and great food at a reasonable price. I am so pleased more non high end restaurants will offer you water for the table without the pressure of buying a £4 bottle. Sometimes a girl just wants a glass of cold tap water and not be made to feel like a tramp for not buying a drink.

There are also no dedicated toilet facilities for the Food Hall restaurants like Fuego which is a MAJOR pain to have to trek up or downstairs and across the shop floor if you need to go. I can see this being a pain on a Saturday afternoon!

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