Bank Holidays are just the perfect time to eat, drink and be merry. This May Bank Holiday weekend, I visited The Boiler Shop Steamer in Newcastle. It is a food and drink event which brings a variety street food from around the region under one roof. It happens on the first Friday and Saturday of each month in the Boiler Shop, the birthplace of Robert Stephenson’s Rocket. Live music is available in the evening, however, I prefer to go at around lunchtime, when there are less crowds and the event is free (there is a £5 entry charge after 2pm). This weekend featured traders offering tasty dishes from around the globe; Pizzette, offering kick-ass home-made pizza, The Fat Hippo, offering delicious burgers with a variety of creative toppings (like bacon jam), Electric East, offering an eclectic mix of Eastern food, Tokyo Kitchen, offering Japanese food at its best (an out of this world Chicken Katsu curry!), and drink traders such as Wylam Brewery, offering regional beers, and Ouseburn Coffee Co., selling aromatic coffee (and some great looking coffee martinis!). I am sure I have missed some of the traders that were there, the great thing about the event is that are always a variety of traders selling high quality, totally awesome food – a testament to the exciting culinary landscape in Newcastle. But enough about the event, here are the dishes that I tried with my partner in their scintillating glory:
I said it before, I’ll say it again. Awesome pizza. I woke up looking forward to this, it really hit the spot! Although Pizzette offered pizzas with a variety of gourmet toppings, I don’t complicate things with pizza, I often prefer a fresh, simple Margherita.
My partner had an absolutely delicious Chicken Katsu Curry. The crispy breaded chicken was tender and flavourful and the creamy curry sauce had just the right amount of spice and kick.
My partner and I shared an Indonesian Lamb Rendang. Oh my god. The lamb was tender and juicy and the sauce silky and savoury, with just the right amount of richness. The fresh pineapple salsa and coriander balanced the sauce beautifully and was the perfect match for the tender lamb. Incredible. We will be visiting the restaurant soon!
Di Meo’s Ice Cream
OK, so this one was just for me. I am a kid at heart, and couldn’t leave without satisfying my sweet tooth. So I opted for Di Meo’s Nutella Ice Cream on a cone. Decadent, creamy, chocolatey goodness!
I am looking forward to the next Steamer event next month, where I hope to try some more new and exciting dishes. The coffee martinis from Ouseburn Coffee Co. looked delicious, so I will be having one of those on my next visit. This was definitely a cool stopover to begin a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend, although I think a trip to the gym is in order!