The Best Places for International Food in Newcastle
If you're a student at Newcastle University, and particularly new to the area, then Newcastle City Centre can be an excitement overload when it comes to high quality, independent and specialist restaurants.
If you're a real foodie then you've probably spent a huge chunk of your budget already trying to narrow down the best restaurants and experience the best tastes of the town. But, to narrow your search (and help you a little with your student loan too), we've narrowed down some of the best International Restaurants in Newcastle.
Zaap is an authentic Thai restaurant located on Newgate Street right near The Gate. It provides you with the true taste of Thailand and transports you straight to the busy streets of Bancock. Perhaps, the best thing about this restaurant is its quirky setting, as you sit amongst glowing signs, colourful automobiles and street sellers as you tuck into the food.
But what about the food? Ask any Asian on campus and they'll probably identify Zaap as the place to go for authentic Thai. The menu is split up into 12 traditional Thai categories including, Dim Sum, Curry, Noodles, Tarm Sung and Desserts.
Their most popular dish is the Pad Thai Bo Ran (which comes in at £8.50) - A great Thai classic: Stir fried rice, noodles, and egg with peanuts, chicken and prawns.
Are you even a Newcastle University student if you haven't been to Zapatista?
This Mexican grill-up has the best burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, tortillas and Tacos you can find in the North East and all are fantastic value for money, coming in at around £4-5 a piece.
The restaurant works a little bit like Subway sandwich shops: you choose your meal, choose your fillings and salad, select your salsa (Zapatista's Zapata hot salsa is a bit of a challenge!) and then choose your extras, as you walk down the queue to the sound of Mexican mariachi music.
The setting at Zapatista is amazing, with vibrant decor, graffitied walls and colourful tables and chairs, and we'd definitely recommend eating in over take-out, unless you want bucket loads salsa down your front...
Rum, reggae and jerk... that's what this place is all about. Turtle Bay transports you to the Island of the Caribbean offering you food, drink and dancing that gives you a real sense of the Island life.
This place is more suitable for "girls night out" than a quick lunch break in between lectures as its a little more pricey and service and eating time is a little longer.
Nevertheless, its worth a visit and the Jerk Chicken Flatbread is sure to go down a treat alongside some Trini Watermelon Chow.
For those of you who can't narrow down your choice of International food, whether it be Thai, Mexican, Carribbean or Indian, then the ZaZa Bazaar round-the-world buffet is the place for you.
"ZaZa's", as it is commonly known by students, does a great £10 all-you-can eat deal at lunchtime with student discount provided with a valid student ID and believe me, you can be in there a while.
Again the atmosphere is astounding, but the food is even better with fresh food counters making Hoisin Duck, Chow Mein, Dosa, Burritos and Tacos. The best thing about Zaza's is that you get the best of all worlds, with good quality, internationally approved dishes from across the globe.
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