Go here for sociable dining with spice, smiles and sophistication. A long-standing favourite for many in Newcastle – there’s a real buzz about the place. Couples, parties, families and friends gather in a cosy, candlelit space for Punjabi cuisine in the hands of Bob Arora’s talented team.
A recent midnight blue makeover means Sachins’ interior is oh-so on trend. Blue is having a bit of a moment in the interior world. Ocean deep hues and luxurious indigo tones make up the main design, with fresh new orange artwork on the walls and splashes of colour throughout. It’s a cool, contemporary and inviting space – perfect for socialising with friends over a hearty curry or two.
The bar area is great for a few pre-dinner drinks. Perfect for a bar stool perch and a glass of fizz. Once seated in the restaurant, we opt for a sweet and spicy Malbec – the perfect winter warmer with hints of black pepper and red fruit – with a smooth and harmonious finish. An extensive wine, beer and spirit list is also available, and the smiley staff are always happy to recommend a tipple to help bring out the best taste when it comes to the food.
Whether you’re settling in for an intimate supper with a loved one, or a full-blown feast with friends – the menu is filled with curries, pickles, platters and authentic flavours to make any meal as memorable as it is mouthwatering. The a la carte menu offers all of your Punjabi favourites from butter chicken and lamb pasanda, to samosas, chicken tikka and lamb kebab – but there’s plenty of opportunity to try something new, with varying levels of spice to please all palates. The set menu is great for sharing, with options for two, three and four. Gather the gang and go all out with everything from poppadoms and pickles, to salmon tikka three ways.
What we ate
Wine, spice and all things nice. It’s a cool, crisp Thursday eve and so a hearty combination of creamy and spicy food is what we’re looking for. And we’re in the right place! We kick things off with a pile of poppadoms – dunked in the sweet and spicy flavours of the pickle tray. It goes down a treat as we get to know the menu. To start, it’s a combo of Chilli Chingri (£10.95) and Kala Mirch Kofta (£11.95). The sizzling king prawns are marinated with chilli and garlic and served on a bed of chargrilled onions. Meaty seafood with a spicy kick. The lamb kofta is cooked in a cracked pepper sauce, with a touch of cream for cooling. Next up, in true Luxe style, it has to be the Shearer Special (£10.95) – a palette-pleasing Punjab dish with a bit of yoghurt and tomato sauce thrown in for the faint-hearted. The perfect creamy dish with a touch of spice to warm us up. Our dinner date goes for the Chingri Kashmiri (£12.95) – king prawns tossed in a slow-cooked tomato and onion sauce. This rustic Kashmiri dish is authentic and full of flavour – with a friendly kick to it. Basmati rice (£2.95) brings the feast together and a crisp garlic nan (£2.95) soaks up the last of the sauce. A mouthwatering mango and coconut sorbet seals the deal – the perfect palate cleanser after a perfect Pubjabi feast at Newcastle’s finest Indian restaurant.