Red Mezze, Newcastle
A small, but super popular spot, close to St James’ Park, that treats its loyal list of customers to an outstanding selection of hot and cold mezze treats, traditional mains and BBQ bites, cooked ’til tender over wood and charcoal, soft, pillowy breads stuffed with all sorts, and fresh seafood. Our pick if you like experimenting with new flavours and discovering new favourites. Faves include the ‘sucuk’ (spicy garlic sausage) and the ‘icli kofte’ (fried mince with dill, pine kernels and parsley).
36 Leazes Park Road Newcastle, NE1 4PG; redmezzenewcastle.co.uk
Fez Food, Newcastle Grainger Market
Dive in to deli-style, grab-and-go snacks here, from spicy doner wraps and Turkish meatballs, to traditional breakfasts and even Afternoon Tea, which you can enjoy on-site. Sip on strong Turkish coffee while you people-watch, or take away. Vegan options available.
Grainger Street, Newcastle, NE1 5QQ; facebook.com/fezfoodnewcastle
Akarsu Turkish Restaurant & Grill, Durham
Venture inside this grand, Grade II listed building and discover great-looking dishes that are lighter on the stomach, but heavy on flavour. Stand-outs include homemade hummus, ‘cacik’ yogurt with cucumber, dill and garlic, chargrilled lamb on tortilla bread with double cream, onions and peppers and traditional Turkish rice and milk puddings.
32a Silver Street, Durham, DH1 3RD; akarsu-turkish-restaurant-grill.business.site