I think we can all agree that a good cooked Sunday Roast is the ideal way to spend the last day of the weekend. There is nothing quite like a homecooked roast and we all can say our mum’s own are the best. But when it comes to eating out it can be rather difficult to find a restaurant that offers flavoursome meat and veg without breaking the bank.
Within Newcastle city centre, there are so many restaurants and dining chains to eat at. There is the food court in Eldon square, Grey Street long stretch of stunning buildings which are the perfect exterior to fine dining and of course the Newcastle Quayside. Yesterday, my family and I dined at Aveika near the latter location. I had won an Instagram competition where the Asian style restaurant and bar gifted me a Sunday Roast meal for 4 people.
The venue has been open since 2016 however, I had yet to visit. This gave me the perfect opportunity to not only try out their new Sunday lunch menu but also to check out the venue for the first time. Weekdays see authentic Japanese cuisine combined with contemporary twists on flavours. From sushi to katsu curries, Aveika serves up an excellent looking menu. The venue is divided into a separate bar and dining area. Luxurious décor in the style of modern contemporary blacks and brown highlighted by neon signs and delicate pink florals.
We were sat at a lovely table near the large glass windows looking out onto the streets of Newcastle (perfect for people watching which you guys know I love!). The Sunday menu offers not only roast meal options but also some of the classic dishes from the main course a la carte menu. With a two-course for £14 or three-course for £16 offer there was surprisingly a lot of choice. Starter dishes were more of the traditional Asian style appetisers such as sushi and tempura dishes. I went for the Kimuchi Chicken which was presented on two skewers laid on a bed of coriander and Kimuchi which is like a refreshing side of salted vegetables. The marinated chilli chicken was super succulent and amazing in flavour. Other orders included the Tempura Vegetables with a delicious miso mayo and Ebi Katsu. This one was in the form of sushi with ingredients including Panko rolled prawn, Tobiko, beetroot, cream cheese and cucumber. The presentation was superb, and the flavours matched.
Accompanying these stunning starters were a round of cocktails. A special offer on the Aveika classics meant over 10 cocktails were reduced down to £4.95 each! We all took full advantage of this, ordering my personal favourite pornstar martini, a Bramble gin-based drink and a Grey Goose vodka Lychee Martini. The Bramble was a mix of Bombay Sapphire gin, lemon juice, Gomme syrup and black berry liqueur. The Lychee which my brother ordered went down a treat with myself ordering one after tasting this sweet combo of Grey Goose, peach and passion fruit liqueur and grapefruit. Dad being the designated driver opted for one of the mocktails priced at £3.95 each. Pure Passion was his non-liquor liquor of choice with a mixture of tropical fruits shaken amongst vanilla flavourings.
After much anticipation our main courses arrived. Newcastle’s award-winning Asian restaurant had advertised a twist of Japanese to our beloved Sunday roasts. Three options are available on the menu from Teriyaki beef to Miso and Honey leg of lamb and Schichimi Chicken. I had the beef which was flavoured beautifully. Although I couldn’t quite taste the Teriyaki as strong as I expected I was kind of grateful because I was speculative to whether I would enjoy the flavour. Mum said her chicken was again super succulent and really well cooked, whilst my brother and dad agreed that the meat of the lamb was really tender. All three roast options were accompanied by both mash and roast potatoes, carrots, green beans, tenderstem broccoli and miso butter Yorkshire puddings. Mini jugs of gravy were also served. I really appreciated this element because not everyone likes lots of gravy whilst some of us (AKA me) loves lashings of the stuff.
The food was really delicious, and flavours were spectacular. I often find that restaurants offering Sunday roasts lack in flavour or portion size but Aveika really did hit the mark. The staff were also exceptional, waiting on our table with excellent manners and enough but not too much care and attention.
With our stomachs well fed by starters and main courses we contemplated a dessert but who could resist when chocolate tart is on the menu. All four of us selected this dessert over mango cheesecake or ice cream/sorbets. A rich dark chocolate tart on a buttery biscuit base was toned down in sweetness by the bite of fresh strawberries and saltiness of salted caramel ice cream. Another fantastic course by Aveika here which we all polished off the plates leaving our stomachs very full but very happy.
Overall, my whole family enjoyed our Sunday lunch dining at Aveika and would 100% recommend their roast dinner offer. With a really interesting and exciting three course menu, their Sunday roasts are fantastic in flavour. I cannot wait to visit again and try their a la carte menu along with some more of those delicious cocktails. Thank you again to Aveika for hosting the four of us and for naming me winner of your Instagram competition.