I got a taste of the Quayside's latest Michelin-worthy contender - with its Newcastle views to die for

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Gateshead restaurant SIX has incredible views of Newcastle's Quayside - and top class food to match.

Views for days. Bridges, all the bridges. Look left, right, front and back, it's easy to see why so many foodies LOVE the dining experience SIX at the Baltic provides.

Sat at your table you're not only surrounded with the buzz of the newly refurbished eatery, you've also got wall-to-floor windows offering views into the city skyscape as night lit towers and beautiful bridges of the Tyne flank your dining spot.

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SIX truly is a restaurant is like no other - and that's before we get on to the food.

The views from Newcastle Quayside's SIX restaurant are to die for.The views from Newcastle Quayside's SIX restaurant are to die for.
The views from Newcastle Quayside's SIX restaurant are to die for. | SIX

NewcastleWorld was invited for a special VIP evening, to celebrate the restaurant reopening after it's 15th anniversary with a fresh menu and approach. While a full offering of the food menu was not on offer, canapes gave a hint and a nod to what is in store for diners.

It had been a good five years since this writer has experienced the restaurant experience at the very top of the Baltic, an imposing former mill which guards over the mouth of Millennium Bridge crossing from south to north.

From memory, I loved it. The food was high end A La Carte although it did feel on the pricey side.

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Things have changed a bit now. The venue itself has all the usual qualities - the bar with a viewing gallery to while the evening away with the Tyne Bridge in the peripheral being a must, that amazing glass lift up to the top floor - but now with some added features. The chef's table adds a real classy touch, if you can get a spot!

Full of the great and the good of the restaurant scene, this writer was in unfamiliar surrounds. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my bait, but this isn't my usual habitat. I can adapt, though, and it didn't take me long to be diving into the beer and wine selection, as well as making sure I was amply served with the mini plated offerings doing the rounds.

Everything was top class, which you'd expect from a destination with Michelin ambitions, from the ambience to the service, the food and more.

Three small tasters passed by our table, I was joined by a slightly more discerning diner, who also massively approved. The chicken liver parfait with a fruit twist hit the spot first up, followed soon after by a minted pea tartlet, then a cheesy foam in a pastry cup. All were very different - the pea one was cold, which was a definite unusual assault on the senses - but all gave a perfect flirtation with what the tasting menu, a new land and sea or plant offering, would present.

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I have to say, the little tasters - and the whole feel of the place - has me wanting so much more.

Without fail, it won't be another five years before I take the great glass elevator back up to culinary joy.

What SIX has to offer - menu, prices & more

SIX Rooftop which is situated upon the top floor of Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on Gateshead’s Quayside has re-launched its fine dining restaurant to include new tasting menus (Land & Sea, as well as Plant-Based) and a more casual lounge menu that is designed to graze and share. Its new offering will see the rooftop restaurant execute fine dining in the North East, as it develops its 15-year history into a mouth-watering dining experience overlooking the Tyne from its scenic dining room, Viewing Box, and new Chef’s Table.

Named ‘Taste of SIX', its two new tasting menus are inspired by SIX's ethos to serve elegant dishes crafted from the best seasonal local and British produce. The highlights from their 'Land and Sea' Tasting Menu include: Portland Crab (White Crab, Shellfish Custard, Pickled Turnips, Horseradish, Almond), Dexter Beef (Ribeye, Glazed Cheek, Alliums, Potato, Red Wine Sauce) and Carrot Cake (Spiced Carrot Cake, Mango, Pineapple, Coconut, Coffee Gelato).

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Highlights from their ‘Taste of SIX Plant’ Tasting Menu include: Beetroot (Salt Baked Beetroot, Smoked Walnut Emulsion, Morello Cherry) and Mushroom (BBQ King Oyster, Crispy Portobello, Yeasted Parsnip, Malt Jus) and Dark Chocolate (Cremeux, Sour Cherry Gelato, Crispy Buckwheat).

For a more relaxed dining option, SIX Rooftop is also offering the option for a light snack, small plates, sweet treats from its Lounge Menu, served within the new state-of-the-art bar — a perfect setting to complement dining with a wide range of drinks, including cocktails, wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks.

Highlights from the Lounge Menu include: Gloucester Old Spot Pork Crackling, Bramley Apple (from the snacks menu), Tácnbora Whisky, Cured Trout, Cucumber, Horseradish (from the small plates menu), Glazed Gloucester Old Spot Ham Shank, Apple Chutney, Fried Egg, Watercress Salad (from this week's specials menu), and Sticky Toffee Pudding, Butterscotch Sauce, Vanilla Gelato (from the dessert menu).

The new bar at SIX Rooftop also positions the stunning venue as a cocktail destination, perfectly accompanying the lounge menu. The extensive cocktail list presents an exceptional mix of ingredients from local suppliers, including Ad Gefrin in Northumberland. Highlights from the menu include English Seventy-SIX 12, English Pimms Spritz and Northumbrian Iced Tea, as well as four types of Espresso Martinis (Classic, Hazelnut, Caramel, Tiramisu).

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The tasting menus provided by SIX Rooftop offer one of the region's most competitively priced tasting menus (Lunch £45, Dinner £54), with an optional Wine Flight for an additional £35. The Lounge menu offers most snacks under £7, small plates under £12 and sweet treats under £8.

For those seeking an intimate culinary journey, SIX Rooftop's new Chef's Table accommodates parties of up to four, allowing guests to enjoy the show of culinary magic in the kitchen.

In addition, SIX Rooftop also includes private dining on the fifth floor of Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, giving guests a beautiful, scenic space to host private celebrations and intimate dinner parties, alternatively, the entirety of SIX Rooftop can be hired.

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