Newcastle’s Best Bites

Felicity is eating out in Newcastle. She heads to the Merewether Surfhouse overlooking Merewether Beach, award winning chef Lesley Taylor is taking her love of French cooking and modernising it with all the astounding flavours that the produce of the Newcastle coast and countryside provides. There’s fresh scallops with escargot, and a venison tartare served with chocolate “soil”, horseradish granita, beetroot and raspberry. It’s quite simply, a taste explosion. Lesley’s king prawn tortellini has all the flavours of the sea leaping right off the plate, and her salted caramel white chocolate parfait is an exquisite dessert.

Over on Newcastle’s famous Darby Street café strip, a food revolution is continuing! At the Autumn Rooms, Rebecca Fowler and Ben Richardson have combined their love of the hustle and bustle of café cuisine with the elegant flavours of high tea. Downstairs, they’re serving a champagne breakfast with house-made crumpets with Tasmanian honey. There’s also bloody mary tomatoes on toast that are infused in vodka. Another popular dish with the people is the Autumn Rooms’ buttermilk waffles. Upstairs, high tea is served with towering savoury sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Their home-made scones with rose jam and Punjabi tea is so good that you’ll want seconds!