Our Top 3 Hotspots in Newcastle to Check Out This Summer

 

Good food is the glue that holds life together. So we’ve got you all sorted this Summer: from the ultimate South American kitchen where you can grab a tasty bite with friends, to a gelato lover’s paradise, and finally to a little Hunter Valley gem to make your Saturday date night extra, extra special. Check out our list of Newcastle’s top 3 hotspots to visit this Summer;

 

Barcito

Beaumont Street

Oh Barcito. You brought us crispy skin duck and for that we are forever grateful. This family run South American kitchen has so much to offer, it’s difficult to narrow down just one highlight. But we can tell you this - if you like your food in the form of barbequed meat accompanied by imported South American wine, Barcito is the place for you. The cocktail menu alone will make you bubble with excitement, and the Medio Congelado dessert of roasted white chocolate, spiced rum pineapple and guava gel can only be described as ¡Por dios! Traditional but exciting, exotic yet familiar, this little gem is quickly shooting its way to the top.

http://www.barcito.com.au

 

Popolo Gelateria

King Street, Newcastle

A slice of Italian paradise has snuck its way into Newcastle, thanks to Popolo Gelateria. You have no idea how happy this makes me. Made with real, fresh ingredients, the constantly changing flavours will have you coming back again and again and again. It’s a solid investment. Even if you’re not an ice cream fan, put Popolo Gelato at the top of your list. With flavour combo’s like Ricotta and Pear, Cherry and White Chocolate, Nutella and hazelnut, and our personal favourite Tiramisu - these little cups of happiness are sure to put a spring in your step. If dairy isn’t your thing, not to worry, there are plenty of vegan options to choose from too. And let’s be honest, there’s always room for a slice of pizza or two across the road at Napoli Centrale. If that’s not love, I don’t know what love is.

http://www.popologelateria.com.au

 

Circa 1876

Hunter Valley

An oldie but a goodie. The best way to describe Circa 1876 is humble, with a hint of decadence. With the warmth of a big old fireplace, the charm of the gorgeous cottage and an organic market garden, it’s hard to not be romanced by it all before you even look at the menu. Of course, every dish is a treat to the eyes, delicate and colourful, with distinctive tastes and surprising textures. Rich flavours and indulgent ingredients make this menu unlike any other - our personal favourite being the jumbo quail entrée with goats cheese and smoked beetroot. To make it worth the drive you can expect not only delicious food, but a complimentary amuse bouche before every course, making this foodie wonderland all the more memorable. And don’t forget to grab yourself some toasted muesli and organic honey to take home and enjoy!

http://www.theconventhuntervalley.com.au/dining/circa-1876

 

Written by Louise Tassone