Friday, 30 October 2015

Eating in the North East - Shijo

Did you know that in Japan, slurping noodles is a sign of the food being delicious and rice is present at every meal? Honestly, the knowledge I pass on is truly something, you’re welcome my friends, you are welcome.

If you’ve been keeping up with my latest food posts (and if you haven’t, I mean, that’s really rude but whatever) you’ll know that I have been maybe a tad bit obsessed with Japanese food.

Well, can you just imagine my excitement when I found a new Japanese food spot in the heart of Newcastle city centre. A brand new place to devour a Salmon Teriyaki dish, win!

Before I go any further:

If you’re looking for luxury dining, this isn’t the place for you.

If you’re looking for a comfortable seating area, this isn’t the place for you.

But, if you are looking for great quality Japanese food that’s quick, convenient and fairly cheap, this is basically your dream lunch time location.

Shijo, which is located in the Haymarket Metro building, is a Japanese Asian street food cafe which serves both hot and cold dishes. Having only opened at the start of the summer, it seems to have already gotten itself quite a reputation, and when my friend suggested that I try it, I definitely didn't need asking twice.

There is a pretty big lunch time rush with queues out of the door, which is a great sign for a new business however this did affect the wait for our food. My friend received her order within a few moments however I waited around 10 minutes for mine which is perhaps not great if I'd have been at work. The staff were lovely, and apologised profusely for the delay and for me, it wouldn't be something that would put me off going again.

Especially when I'd tasted the food.

I had chosen to try the Salmon Teriyaki (of course) and I can honestly say it was the same, if not better quality than what I have previously eaten in restaurants. Served in a round, burgundy dish, the freshly cooked salmon was laid on a bed of sticky rice, with steamed vegetables on the side. The quality and the quantity of the meal was really great, especially when it was a fraction of what you would pay in other places, at just £5.50.

Whether you fancy something a little lighter such as sushi or soup, or are feeling pretty ravenous and are fancying a curry or teriyaki dish, Shijo is a little hidden gem in Newcastle city centre which will definitely not disappoint you!

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  1. This looks BEYOND delicious! I've never had teriyaki salmon, I need to try it now :] And their logo is super cute haha.


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