Business Lunch: The Alchemist

January 9, 2018

Chloe Holmes visits The Alchemist to try out its lunchtime dining experience

The highly-anticipated Grey’s Quarter in Eldon Square opened in the summer of 2017 and offers city centre shoppers a fantastic array of cuisine, with menus inspired from around the world.

The Alchemist, with venues in Manchester, Leeds and London to name a few, is a welcome addition to Newcastle’s vibrant eating and drinking scene.

With so much buzz around The Alchemist, and many picture-perfect Instagram snaps, my colleagues and I were looking forward to our visit.

The interior is contemporary, with quirky wall décor and atmospheric lighting adding stylish finishing touches. The restaurant area is plentiful in seating, with cosy booths for a relaxing afternoon.

To start, we shared BBQ chicken wings, salt and pepper baby squid and vegetable gyozas with sweet chilli soy. A delicious selection of flavoursome dishes for a grazing lunch.

This was swiftly followed by our main courses and I was impressed with my colourful choice of a well-seasoned and fresh tandoori seabass fillet, accompanied by sautéed vegetables.

My colleague opted for the vegetarian fajitas with ‘Popquorn’. The dish was served with sautéed peppers and onions, warm tortillas, guacamole, sour cream and tomato salsa, and it proved tasty and satisfying.

To finish, we enjoyed cinnamon waffles with vanilla ice cream and a round of espressos.

Our servers were welcoming and efficient with lots of personality, ensuring that our afternoon lunch was an enjoyable experience.

The city centre location makes The Alchemist as a great place to meet over a business lunch.

The Alchemist

On the menu:

Salt & pepper squid with lemon mayo £6.50

BBQ chicken wings £6.25

Vegetable gyozas with sweet chilli soy (v) £5.50

Tandoori seabass fillet with sautéed vegetables £13.50

Popquorn fajitas with sautéed peppers and onions on a hot skillet with warm tortillas, guacamole, sour cream and tomato salsa (v) £12.50

Alchemist ramen with chicken, rice noodles and oriental vegetables £11.50

Cinnamon waffles with vanilla ice cream £5

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