Driven by our desire to provide the tastiest, “natural” fast food for everyday living, Canaca aims to inspire and excite the imagination of all food lovers. It’s a new kid on Newcastle’s ever-growing culinary block and yet it’s always packed with students sipping smoothies while working away, locals catching up over coffee, shoppers stopping by for lunch and workers networking over noodles. A cosmopolitan cafe-meets-restaurant, serving up healthy bites for everyone.
Non-fussy and on the minimalistic side of things. The open kitchen adds buzz and vibrancy – you can see your stuff cooking. We like the chunky wooden tables, funky artwork and Scandi-style chairs. A neat spot indeed.
Think good-for-you smoothies, made with fresh fruit, along with tea, coffee, juice and healthy sodas. Nice alternative brew beers, made from alternative grains, rice, millet and quinoa, to try, too.
Eating here means you don’t have to cut any of the major food groups out of your diet. It’s all about eating fresh produce and guilt-free grub that puts the fun back into tucking into a juicy burger, slurping up some noodles and chomping on a hearty breakfast. If you want on-the-go brekkie, you can pick up smoked salmon and egg muffins, avocado and egg breakfast pots, or even chilli cheese and za’atar for a spicy, mid-morning kick. There’s homemade soup on offer, too, and if you’re swinging by for lunch with work pals, you don’t have to select a specific cuisine and go with it – you can get a bit of everything here. Think smoky harissa chicken wraps, Thai green curry, Korean-style chicken wings and Turkish koftas. There’s plenty of vegans to enjoy, too.
What we ate
The concept here is simple – fresh, good-for-the-soul fast food that takes the stress out of at-home lunch and dinner prepping. We stopped by for lunch on an unusually bright February afternoon and there was a real buzz about the place. We kick things off with a Green Reviver (£2.95) and a Sunset (£2.95) smoothie – both packed with punchy flavours and fresh fruit and veg. Feeling healthy and hydrated, we treat ourselves to a carby main course. It’s the Turkish kofta, well-seasoned with a touch of spice, with a yoghurt and sumac wrap (£4.95) for us, while our lunch date opts for the sticky-sweet teriyaki chargrilled chicken burger with a side of zingy wasabi coleslaw (£6.25) – a gluten free option. A side of fluffy Canaca baked chips (£2.35) went down a treat and a home-brewed latte sealed the deal before we left for an afternoon of shopping. Make sure you add this Saville Row spot to your foodie to-do list – we can’t recommend it enough for fast fuss-free, wholesome grub.