On Wednesday evening, we went to see Ye Vagabonds at Sage Gateshead (who were incredible and I will definitely be hitting them up when I go to Dublin in April) but we wanted a meal nearby beforehand to make more of an evening of it. I had spoken to Chloe from @newgirlintoon when I booked the tickets and asked if she could recommend anywhere with a good early bird menu nearby for us to have dinner at beforehand and one of the places she mentioned was Six Baltic so I checked out the menu online and then made a booking!
They have a gorgeous, expensive looking interior without being too formal or making you feel underdressed, and as expected, the views were lovely! We had a table on the opposite side to the room to the Tyne so I’d definitely recommend requesting a riverside table when you book, but we were still able to appreciate the views as the room is fairly narrow.
To start, my mum had the smoked salmon and cauliflower risotto with capers, dill and brown butter and she loved it, she ate it so quickly that I didn’t manage to pinch any off her plate so it must have been good!
I had the roast Jerusalem artichokes with pear purée, cashew blue salad and red wine dressing, it reminded me a lot of a Waldorf salad. It’s something I wouldn’t normally go for, it was okay but I personally wouldn’t have it again.
For her main course, mum had the steamed sea bass which came with prawn and basil mousse and on a bed of squid ink tagliatelle in fish cream, it was so beautifully plated and I managed to have a bit so can confirm it was delicious.
I had the butternut squash & sage ravioli with smoked brown butter and confit garlic and it was easily my favourite course of the evening, I’d definitely like to try making something like it at home but there’s a good chance I won’t be able to do it justice!
For dessert, mum had the salted dark chocolate mousse with pistachios, raspberries and cinder toffee. She said that she liked the mousse itself but felt like there was a bit too much going on topping-wise, which I completely disagree with! I ended up eating half of her dessert because it was so delicious! The perfect mixture of different textures and flavours to compliment each other, and a pretty big portion too.
I played it safe and chose the vanilla mascarpone pavlova with cherry compote and sour cherry sorbet which was good but nothing special. It definitely paled in comparison to mum’s mousse and was a bit lacking in flavour but it tasted how a normal pavlova should.
All in all, I’d definitely go back to Six and as it’s on the rooftop of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, would like to make a bit more of an afternoon/evening of it. You could easily have a browse around the shows until it closes at 6pm then head up the elevator to make the most of the early bird dinner offer.
It’s £20 for 2 courses or £25 for 3 but there are quite a few dishes which you need to pay a supplement for (this is clearly marked on the menu so no surprises when the bill arrives). Your booking has to be for before 7pm and you have your table for an hour and 30 minutes, we ended up staying a bit longer but didn’t feel rushed at any point! I’d definitely go back but would make a couple of different menu choices next time.