Situated on the quayside, Babucho is at one of the finest spots in the hustle and bustle of town. Although the area is already known for cool, lavish restaurants, I can safely say Babucho has to be up there amongst the best in the North East. As soon as you enter the restaurant you can feel its class. A fine setting, lights illuminate its charming darkness. The interior has a festive vibe and the white blossom trees add to the effect. The black and white theme will certainly go down a treat with its Newcastle custom. Most seats were taken which was obviously a good sign, considering it was 6pm on a Sunday night. Matteo, a delightful waiter, took me to my table and handed me the menus. To drink, it was a hard choice. With many on offer, Matteo offered me a taste of a premium New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It was lovely and light and fresh. You could really taste its distinctive pear flavour. On a Sunday, Babucho offers a Rapido menu and the Sunday Roast menu but if you ask they will offer you their gluten free or healthy choice menu. One of the countless positives for Babucho is the fact they are one of very few restaurants that serve Sunday roast up until 10pm. The menus are vast and are full of choice. As it was Sunday and after a look around at others – I went with the Sunday Roast menu. One course is £13.95, two for £17.95 and three for £21.95. From the choice of five starters, I went for the Black Pudding, Apple Sauce, Potato Puree and pancetta. While I was waiting, the smell of the food around me was unbearable, yes I was starving, but wow, I could tell I was in for a treat. When the starter arrived, it was presented beautifully. If you’re an Instagrammer –you will definitely have to add pics of Babucho’s dishes to your profile. The Black Pudding was the best I’ve ever had. The puree was almost velvety it was so soft. The pancetta added a salty kick and the sweetness of the apple sauce sets the dish alive. Wonderful.
For the main, Matteo’s recommendation was the 28 day grand reserve sirloin of beef with crisp roasties and market vegetables. When the plates were brought to the table, my eyes lit up! I felt like a king at a banquet. Wow. Babucho’s Sunday roasts are huge! But what about the taste? 28 days awaiting you to devour it, the sirloin beef (served pink) was the triumph of the night. I can’t speak high enough of it. The roast potatoes were sublime and so crispy! The carrots were just how I like them, sweet and al dente. Everything was just brilliant! I hear the chef is really proud of the roasts Babucho have on offer. I totally agree.
Next, Matteo, who couldn’t do enough to help on the night, recommended the Affogato – espresso, amaretto and vanilla ice cream. Try it. Feel like you’re in Italy for the very short moments it lasts as you won’t be to put it down once you start. Due to the range of cocktails available, I decided to finish with Man’s Best Friend – a festive special – Copper Dog Whisky, Granny Smith Apple and Pear Liquer. It packed a sweet punch. In fact, the whole experience was a knockout. Babucho offers the best Sunday roast in town available until late, top notch customer service and a wonderful setting to hang out in. So choose Babucho for an experience won’t want to end, you certainly won’t be disappointed.