From grey to ole - Cafe Andaluz review

An insight into tapas-heaven in the centre of Newcastle!

Rachael McCreanor
5th December 2022
Image credit Instagram @cafe.andaluz
Picture the scene – my mum has come up to visit her favourite (and only) daughter for the weekend, we’ve spent the entire day trekking around Newcastle in the cold and we are starving. Enter Café Andaluz – a Spanish tapas restaurant in the centre of Newcastle claiming to transport you ‘from grey to ole.’ What better place to take my mum as recompense for dragging her around every single shop in town?  

As someone probably very famous and clever once said - ‘you eat with your eyes first’, and my eyes were ravenous. The restaurant itself is beautiful, colourful tiles line the walls and glass lanterns shine soft yellow light onto the little tables. As we took our seats, I was feeling very much ‘ole.’ You might (quite reasonably) think that it was just the exceptional company that made this dining experience so great, but, whilst it definitely helped, you could literally be sitting opposite an anthropomorphic blob of slime and still manage to have an amazing meal. 

As someone probably very famous and clever once said - ‘you eat with your eyes first’, and my eyes were ravenous.

The menu itself is split into three sections – Vegetarian, Fish, and Meat, suggesting three dishes each. I thought it’d be rude not to try a dish from each section – it was a very good decision.  

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The first dish to arrive was the Chorizo al Vino. As the name suggests, this was a plate of sliced chorizo sauteed in red wine, and it was delicious – just the right balance of salty and sweet and quite possibly the best chorizo I’ve ever tasted.  

Quite possibly the best chorizo I’ve ever tasted.  

The next dish was the Patatas Gratinadas – sliced potato with garlic cream and mozzarella cheese. It was incredible, like a warm, cheesy hug. It felt as if all my comfort foods joined together to form the ultimate creamy, starchy, garlicy conglomeration of happiness – it was genuinely amazing.  

My final dish was the Boquerones en Vinagre (freshly marinated anchovies), acting as a reminder of the generous portion sizes, as what must have been over twenty-five anchovies appeared. I will admit, if you’re not a fan of fishy fish, this may not be the dish for you. But, luckily for me, I love fishy fish, so the salty, lemon-infused pieces were perfect.  

My mum, being very clever, ordered the Patatas Bravas amongst her other dishes, a staple of tapas restaurants and usually the easiest way to tell if a restaurant is as good as it looks. To no one’s surprise, they were lovely. Being sophisticated ladies, we paired all this with a couple of Amaretto cocktails and safe to say, we were thriving.  

With prices averaging at around £7 each, and a recommended three dishes per person, Café Andaluz is not the cheapest of places but if you’re looking for somewhere to take someone special or just for some brilliant food, I would recommend this restaurant in a heartbeat.  

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AUTHOR: Rachael McCreanor
Deputy Editor 23/24, PGR Student studying for an MLitt in English Literature. she/her.

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