We went to Flatbread today. Basically Flatbread is a cafe in Newcastle that is themed around, you guessed it, flatbread! The dishes that you order come in bowls with no knife or fork (just a serving spoon) and the idea is that you just eat them with your fingers and/or the bread.
The dishes themselves come from around the world but are all dishes that are suited to the theme of being eaten with flatbread. Familiar favourites such as Hummus are there, along with other dips (both hot and cold) and curry-style dishes too - they even do soups though I'm not sure how you eat those! Dishes are in sections of £3, £5 and £7 and you can pick as many from each section as you want. Those in the £3 section are all cold dips.
- A dip made of smoked aubergine, garlic and tomato
- Another dip made of chopped red cabbage, beetroot and blue cheese
- A curry of chestnut, pumpkin and sweet potato
We washed it all down with a freshly pressed juice of Apple, Celery, Cucumber, Orange Juice & Spirulina (yes, blue/green algae, though I'm not certain it's the same stuff that makes lakes unsafe to swim in!). It's the green glass at the back of the picture above and whilst unusual it was not as disgusting as it may sound, thanks mainly to the other ingredients!
Desert (below) was a tasty treat. Forget cheeseboard, here they do chocolate board! A bit of a misnomer since it comes in a bowl and not on a board, but I forgive them. Hight quality hand-made chocolate comes in shards, along with some white chocolate coated fruit slices and a bowl of creme fraiche and fruit puree to dip it in. It was totally delicious to me, a chocoholic, and totally delicious but very sickly to wife, who doesn't quite have my chocability. Oh, we also had spiced banana and rum cake too, so perhaps that helps explain the feeling of sickness!
Desert was washed down by a lovely cup of coffee, served in a cup with no handles that you have to lift to your mouth (using the very clever insulated section) with two hands. It all feels very "nomadic".
Service was brisk, efficient and friendly and wait times were minimal. Because of the menu and the dining style it's the kind of place where you can just decide to add another dish as you are eating, if you feel up to it, until such point as you have eaten your fill. Four dishes, two breads and two deserts between us was more than enough for us.
They also do lunch time specials which looked good value at £5 for a wrap and a soup, and a "Bedou Feast" which is a £7, a £5 and a £3 dish, along with a bread, for £15. This really just saves you the price of the bread (£1.75).
Flatbread is on High Bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne, which is the first right turning off Northumberland Street (the main shopping street) as you walk past the fire station towards the Tyne Bridge. You can't miss it.
Flatbread 10/10, a superb dining experience.