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Panache Balti House – Warwick

We like curry, you like curry, the whole nation likes curry – now please visit Panache Balti House in Warwick – you will not be disappointed!


Panache is quite a simple place with a small number of seats, some interesting wall art work describing the history of Warwick, and most importantly, some of the finest curry I have ever eaten! I can not stress this last point enough.

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I went for the Special mixed Biryani (£10.75) which was a delicious cocktail of chicken, lamb, prawns, king prawns, mushrooms & pan fried omelette – amazing! The Biryani sauce was tremendous, nicely spiced, not bland like they can be, and very much a brilliant curry sauce in its own right!.


Mr Gourmand asked the waiter for his recommendation which was the Naga lamb tikka (£9.50) Cooked with aromatic flavoured spicy hot (ghost naga) from Bangladesh & India with a blend of fresh herbs & spices. This meal was hot, almost addictively hot, with a perfect mix of spices and succulent lamb – a very, very good recommendation!


Mr Gourmand chose the Keema fried rice (£2.75) to accompany his main course, and it went together perfectly!


As we hadn’t been here before we naturally ordered far too much which included a Garlic naan (£2.50) and;


a Vegetable paratha (£3.00), delicious, but far too much….so we took it home for laters…yum!!

Panache is excellent and you can bring your own beer or wine, please try this place, and if this is the benchmark to curry houses in Warwick I really can’t wait to try another one!

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Aramee – North Shields

Aramee was found by chance during a visit to North Shields to watch a band play at the Magnesia Bank (Maggie Bank) pub.  Rather than take the car to North Shields we decided to get the metro, go for some food then head to the pub.  Aramee is a five minute walk from the North Shields metro right in the heart of the town centre.

The restaurant is open Tuesday – Sunday 6.00pm – 11.00pm  and serves Bangladeshi and Indian food.

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Puccini – Newcastle upon Tyne

Puccini is a quirky little Italian Restaurant found just off the Bigg Market in Newcastle’s city centre, no matter if you dine on a lunch time or evening, the restaurant is always full which speaks for itself.

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Jesmond Brasserie – Newcastle upon Tyne


The Jesmond Brasserie can be found within the 15 room Jesmond Hotel on Osborne Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Brasserie has a very intimate setting which can seat around 45 diners.  The Brasserie has rather confusing opening hours meaning that walk-ins are unlikely, other restaurants on Osborne road are open from lunch time 7 days a week while the brasserie  is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, doesn’t open until 5pm Wednesday – Friday and only serves lunch on a Saturday (from 2) and Sunday (from 12).

The early evening menu is available between 5-7pm the A la carte menu is available between 7-10pm and Saturday lunch is served between 2-5pm, Sunday lunch is served between 12-6pm confused?  I was!

On first impression the restaurant was clean and welcoming and looked like it had a lot of money spent on it.  The tables were beautifully decorated with linen napkins.

While we viewed the menu we were given freshly baked rolls with butter which were delicious and still warm.

The early evening menu consisted of a choice of 4 starters, 6 main courses and 4 desserts.  There was a good choice of meat, fish and vegetarian meals to choose from.

Mr Gourmand started with the Ham Hock Terrine (£2.95) which was served with homemade peas pudding and toasted brioche, it was beautifully presented on a glass plate with a mixed leaf salad, sundried tomato and balsamic glaze.   I didn’t try this due to it being pork but Mr Gourmand assured me it was delicious.

I started with the Mackerel and potato salad (£2.95) which was a fillet of grilled mackerel on a bed of Lemon infused potato with rocket.  The flavours were delicious together and worked so well.

Mr Gourmands main course was Chicken Breast (£6.50) a pan seared breast of free range chicken served on a bed of creamy mash with green vegetables and a peppercorn sauce.

I chose the Chefs Special (£8.00) which was beef medallions in a red wine jus.  The beef was served on a bed of creamy mashed potato and came with green vegetables.  The beef was unbelievably tender and melted in the mouth, three pieces were far too much as I actually struggled with one as they were so thick.

Being a greedy gourmand I couldn’t leave without trying the Cheese board (£3.50) which came with 4 huge chunks of cheese, a mountain of crackers and home made chutney.  I’m glad I had Mr Gourmand with me on this occasion as there is no was one person could have had this to themselves!  Mr Gourmand likes to have fruit with his cheese and would have preferred a piece of apple or some grapes.

The bill came to £33.00 including drinks.

Jesmond Brasserie, 34 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Chinatown Express – Newcastle upon Tyne

Previous Chinatown Express reviews can be found here and here

Set 2 course lunch served from 12.00 noon to 2.00pm (£5.30)

If you’re a regular reader of Madame Gourmand you will know that on my usual visits to the Chinatown express I would normally opt for the more traditional Chinese meals, on this occasion I decided to go for the express two course lunch which consists of a starter or soup and a main meal served with fried or boiled rice.

Mr Gourmand chose crispy duck spring rolls which come simply wrapped on a plate, well filled but no frills with this dish.

I opted for crispy won tons served with a sweet and sour sauce, again a no frills dish.  I don’t usually eat won tons so it was nice to enjoy the hot crispy treats with the sticky sweet sauce.

For his main course Mr Gourmand had King prawns in satay sauce served with boiled rice which was cooked with a variety of vegetables.  The vegetables were crunchy ,sweet and tasty and complemented the large amount of prawns in the dish.

My main course choice was Vegetable chow mein which does not come with rice.  The noodle dishes at the Chinatown express have always been a favourite of mine and this one did not disappoint.  Noodles were soft and rich and the vegetables still retained their crunch.  Needless to say there was not a morsel left in the bowl.

If you’re keeping to a schedule and need something quick and tasty to eat, the Chinatown express is really your best bet!

The Chinatown Express is situated at 63-65 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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The Mogul Raj – Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne

The Mogul Raj Restaurant is a hidden gem of an eatery located on a 1980’s, tired and dreary looking shopping area made up of ever fish and chip shops, hardware stores and charity shops.  We have been visiting the Mogul Raj on and off since 2004 and have experienced excellent takeaway and sit-in meals as happy customers.

On entering the restaurant you would not be mistaken to think you have found yourself in someone’s sitting room as the waiting area does have that homely feel to it.  Once you have been greeted and you request a table and not a takeaway menu you are taken through to the restaurant where the tables are always beautifully laid with crystal wine glasses, flowers and decorative cutlery.  It would seem that the phrase ‘service with a smile’ came about after a visit to the Mogul Raj as the waiters can never be seen without a smile on their faces.

The menu is vast and consists of a good range of starters and main courses from traditional Indian cuisine through to the more impressive chef specials.  After being seated you are immediately asked if you would like pickles and popadoms, which we never refuse.

On this occasion I started with Bhuna prawn on puri (£3.50) which filled the plate, the prawns were beautifully spiced and left a delicious flavour in the mouth.  One thing I love about the Mogul Raj is the lemon squeezer that accompanies certain starters, it’s the attention to detail that sets this place apart from the rest.

Mr Gourmand started with Bhuna Lamb on puri (£3.75) which in his owns words was “absolutely unbelievable”.  It looked and tasted outstanding, full of flavour, and if one gripe was allowed it would be that it was actually too big for a starter! Amazing, I know.

My favourite dish from the Mogul Raj is the Raj Cabbage and Potato Curry (£6.45) which is cooked with cabbage, potatoes, green pepper, onions, green chilli and ghee and is a mouth-watering experience.  I am no vegetarian but this dish could turn me!  The flavours go together in a spectacular way, I can do the dish no favours by describing it the only thing I can suggest you do is go there and try it for yourself.  I’ve never actually seen this dish anywhere else before which I always find strange as it’s so delicious.

Mr Gourmand went for The Mogul Raj Special Chicken Keema as a main course which was beautifully spiced meal and complimented the Raj Cabbage perfectly.

Much to my objection Mr Gourmand was desperate to try the Garlic and Chilli Nan (£2.40) Although it was delicious it was just a little too spicy for me so I left him to finish it off, which even he couldn’t.

The Vegetable Pilao (£2.95) is always a must to accompany any meal, always delicious and never disappoints.

After you finish your meal you are always presented with a lemon scented hot towel, again it’s the little things that make this place so special and after eight mints are given with the bill.


The restaurant offers a Thursday and Sunday special banquet from 6.30pm – 10.00pm where you can have any starter, any main course, plain pilao rice, a side/sundry between two and a dessert for £10.95 per person.

The Mogul Raj, 15 Merton Way, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne

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