We were on Newcastle Quayside on a cold, dark night in the drizzle. Thankfully, we were heading for a meal and one of my favourite types of food. Thai food with its spices and fragrant taste would be the ray of sunshine to give us warmth in this weather. Mantra Thai Restaurant in the Waterside Palace is in a good location, a short walk from the Copthorne Hotel and Tyne Bridge area on the banks of the river Tyne.
Newcastle is full of great restaurants, bars and coffee shops/tea houses now. I do have a few oldies that are firm favourites. I visited the Waterside Palace first when it was a Chinese food restaurant and a good one at that. A few years ago, it changed ownership and was converted into Mantra Thai Dining. The first time I went here afterwards, I knew this would be good. The friendly staff and service is the best from walking in the door. Always greeted with a smile and good hospitality. Then they feed you and it’s fantastic.
They brought prawn crackers over ahead of the starters while we were waiting.
We had decided on a lot of food. I mean a lot as in feeding an army, the five thousand or a pack of wolves. We went for sharing two starters, two mains and an extra (special) dish of soft shell crab. Washed down by some beers of course.
Spring rolls and satay chicken were the starters and both were delicious. The food didn’t take too long to come out but you can tell it’s freshly made. I once waited 45 minutes for spring rolls in China so I was impressed this was fresh and quick.
The menus for lunch, dinner and takeaway include meat and vegetarian options as well as indicating nuts used in dishes. There is no MSG used in their cooking. Just great herbs, spices and mouthwatering ingredients.
So good, we both got the green curry. I really should have tried a different dish knowing that this time I wanted to review and take photos but I really like their green curry. It’s a real burst of flavours and just spicy enough but not too hot for me. They do ask about how hot/spicy you can cope with too. I like that kind of service because what people enjoy can vary massively.
I get invited to do a lot of reviews and I eat out with friends and family a lot but I’m willing to go out on a bit of a limb with this one. You won’t find a better quality, better value thai meal in Newcastle. Mantra is by far the best.
Disclaimer: We went to the restaurant with the intention to pay for the food. I was spotted by a member of staff as a blogger in the region and they gave us our meal for free, despite my protests to pay! Very unexpected. My views are always my own and I will go back to Mantra again.