There’s no denying that Six – sitting at the top of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on Gateshead’s quayside – boasts one of the most spectacular locations of any restaurant in the region.
I had been to the lofty eatery a few times previously but not for a few years, so I was keen to see if the restaurant had changed when I visited last month.
As the lift doors opened at floor six, I could see that the restaurant was still the same aesthetically. The main dining area offers a monochromatic décor – purposely minimal to make the most of the panoramic views – which is book-ended by the well-stocked bar and a substantial open kitchen.
There has, however, been a recent change to the menu, which now offers a range of small and larger plates (essentially starters and mains), snacks and cold cuts, and a six-course tasting menu served with four glasses of matching wine.
At lunchtimes and early evenings, Six offers a small and a large plate for £20 or, for £5 more, you can add a dessert.
Pleasingly, while most restaurants only provide their discounted rates on weekdays, Six offers its lunch menu from Tuesdays through to Saturdays, until 7pm. This means that visitors can enjoy a leisurely trip to the gallery on a Saturday, followed by some good value fine dining afterwards.
My two colleagues and I sampled the three-course lunch offering, with a selection of four small plates, four large plates and four desserts to choose from.
Stand-out dishes included my wonderfully earthy Jerusalem artichokes with walnut and brown butter starter and my colleague’s moist and flavoursome chicken with mushroom and cranberry. My chocolate brownie with coconut and peanut mousse looked more like a decadent delice than a brownie, but I’m not complaining as it tasted amazing.
But the highlight of the dining at Six is undoubtedly the vistas of Newcastle’s metropolitan sprawl on show from the East facing floor-to-ceiling windows. Almost inevitably, the food takes second place to this – I even noticed that most of the diners moved their chairs in order to make the most of the views.
So if you’re looking for a dining experience that’s guaranteed a ‘wow factor’ – Six is the magic number.
On the menu:
Jerusalem artichokes with walnut and brown butter
Purple broccoli with smoke hollandaise and quinoa
Taramasalata with squid ink crackers
Nocellera del belice olives
Rosemary bread with seaweed butter
Squash ravioli with chestnuts and maple vinegar
Yeasted chicken breast with mushrooms and cranberry
Venison, spiced black pudding and burnt orange
Chocolate brownie, coconut and peanut mousse
Sticky toffee pudding and butterscotch sauce
Bergamot cheesecake, Rhubarb and Caramac