Business lunch: 1910 Steak & Seafood 

3rd October 2018

Alison Cowie visits Whitely Bay’s newest restaurant at the recently transformed Spanish City that combines fine dining with stunning coastal views

Having grown up near Whitley Bay, I’m familiar with the Spanish City – the historic domed building that had slid into disrepair over decades of neglect.

But thanks to the ambitious redevelopment of the seaside town’s promenade area – spearheaded by North Tyneside Council – this iconic seaside building has now been brought back to life.

The all-new Spanish City opened in June this year, amid fevered excitement among the locals.

For its opening weekend, people were invited to look around the revamped building to see how this former space had been reimagined by Kymel.

The all-new Spanish City offers visitors a choice of places to eat and drink – including traditional fish and chips under the exquisite domed ceiling at Trenches and a Champagne Bar offering amazing vistas across Whitley Bay towards St Mary’s Lighthouse.

A versatile function space also benefits from the exquisite coastal views, as does 1910 Steak & Seafood, which my two colleagues and I visited last month.

The first-floor restaurant is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening and at lunchtimes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It aims to offer something more upmarket to other dining options in the venue – with a menu focused on fine seafood and meats.

Be warned, prices are reflective of this luxury positioning, with starters ranging from £9.50 to £14.50 and mains priced from £15.50 to an eye-watering £52. But there is a more reasonable set lunch menu available, priced at two courses for £18.50 or three courses for £20.50.

Inside 1910, the décor is purposefully minimal so that diners’ eyes are drawn to the magnificent coastal views available through floor-to-ceiling windows.

After being greeted by our amenable wait staff, my colleagues and I were presented with the menu comprising seafood and meat selections as well as Lindisfarne oysters and sharing cuts (Cote de Bouef and Chateaubriand among others).

While I opted for the set lunch menu, my colleagues choose a more indulgent path with selections from the main menu.

The stand-out dishes were the beautifully rare Thai beef salad with just the right amount of chilli heat, and the melt-in-the-mouth sirloin steak.

I was, however, not a fan of my risotto, which was rather uninspiring and insipid. Also, chunky triple cooked fries would have been favoured over the French Fries served with the steak.

Offering something new and different for Whitley Bay, I’m sure 1910 Seafood & Steak will attract intrigued diners, but an extra kick of refinement on a few of the dishes may be needed to keep diners returning again and again.

Starters

Rare Thai beef salad, toasted peanuts, red chilli and soy dressing
Part of the three-course £20.50 set menu

Soufflé
Mature cheddar cheese and spinach souffle with a pear and walnut salad
£11.50

Mains

Cod cheeks
Crispy cod cheeks with roasted cauliflower, scraps, hazelnuts and lightly curried mayonnaise
£12.50

Wild mushroom risotto, poached hen’s egg and béarnaise sauce
Part of the three-course £20.50 set menu

Lobster Thermidor
Native Lobster, queenie scallops, tiger prawns, dijon mustard, cognac, Isle of Mull cheddar served with a side of butter Heritage potatoes
£26 (half)

36-day salt aged Sirloin steak served with fries
£24

Desserts

Croissant bread and butter puddling, vanilla ice cream
Part of the three-course £20.50 set menu

Lemon and vanilla cheesecake
£8.25

Chocolate tart
£8.25

1910 Steak & Seafood
www.spanishcity.co.uk/1910-steak-seafood
0191 6917090

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