Business Lunch: El Paso   

Chloe Holmes visits newly-opened El Paso in Jesmond

El Paso promises a dining experience with culinary influences from around the world.

Formerly the popular Italian eatery, Scalinis, the bar and restaurant on Osborne Road has undergone a transformation, furnished with opulent velvet sofas, glittering chandeliers, an impressive bar and stylish décor.

The restaurant has a laid-back atmosphere, and all of the team we met at El Paso were welcoming and attentive throughout our visit.

The substantial menu includes tacos, tapas, tostados, burritos and fajitas, with a good selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes to choose from too.

In addition, El Paso offers a brunch menu between 10am-2pm every day featuring modern classics, brunch tacos and fresh juices.

While munching on tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, I ordered from the express lunch menu – three individual tostados and a side for £7.90 – while my colleagues chose a selection of vibrant and tasty tapas dishes.

We especially enjoyed my choice of watermelon escabeche with radishes and pea guacamole. The unusual combination really worked and it provided a light and refreshing lunch.
The stand-out tapas dishes included the tempura king prawns with apple salsa, charred pineapple and chilli jam, and the lamb meatballs with feta and almond pesto.

With great service, a vast selection of Latin American inspired dishes and a delicious cocktail menu, I’m sure El Paso will prove a popular new haunt for diners day and night.

On the menu:

Tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole £2.50
Tempura king prawns with apple salsa, charred pineapple and chilli jam £7.50
Latino croquettes with black pudding and chorizo £5.20
El Paso salad £4.20
Sweet potato bravas with gunpowder mayo £3.80
Lamb meatballs with feta and almond pesto £5.80
Churros with passion fruit and natilla chocolate sauce £6.20
Espresso £2.00

Express lunch deal – £7.90
Watermelon escabeche with radishes and pea guacamole
Chipotle rice

El Paso
www.elpasojesmond.co.uk
61 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2AN
@ElPasoJesmond

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