There are plenty of places to pick up a kebab in the city centre of Newcastle – the Bigg Market would challenge anywhere in the world for density – but often the quality isn’t what it could be. The Turkish kebab is a different beast altogether from the mystery meat that can often constitute its similarly-monikered cousins, and at Red Mezze on Leazes Park Road, they do some of the best around. Their skewered meats are a speciality, as are the mezzes, unsurprisingly. There are Turkish classics like kofte, boregi and more, as well as moussaka, kleftiko and halloumi from their near neighbours over the Aegean.
Aiming to revoke the spirit of family meals in his native Turkey, when friends and family would enjoy home-cooked food under the sun and the celebration would go on until after dark, Red Mezze is an authentic Turkish restaurant found on Leazes Park Road in the city centre. Newcastle may feel a million miles from the Mediterranean coast, but at Red Mezze you can experience a taste of it for yourself with its array of mouthwatering Turkish delights, and no matter if you’re a meat lover or vegetarian, you’re sure to find something on the menu to suit you.
In true Turkish style, begin your meal at Newcastle’s Red Mezze with some bite-size mezze like the sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage), icli kofte (mince meat with mint, dill, pine kernels and parsley covered with cracked wheat then fried) or deep-fried calamari, before moving on to the main event. From chargrilled meats to fresh fish dishes and other favourites like moussaka and creamy chicken, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Take a trip out to Red Mezze in the city centre– conveniently located right by St James’ Park and Eldon Square shopping centre – and enjoy some of their Anatolian eats. Just remember to reserve your table ahead of time.
Food was absolutely gorgeous and service was excellent as always, we had a table of 8 and the waiter looking after us made sure everyone was happy, looking forward to going back :)
Great restaurant with authentic cuisine and friendly staff. No burgers, chips or steak on this menu which was refreshing. Restaurant is out of the way of main shopping area of Newcastle so attracts a more discerning cliental.
Once again had a lovely meal at Red Mezze. The 3 course early bird menu is great value for money and has a great choice. This menu doesn’t compromise on the portion sizes like some restaurants. All the dishes were extremely tasty.
This is one of my favourite restaurants in Newcastle. I have been here many times and the service is outstanding. The staff are super friendly (although you might get a wrong impression at first due to the work overload that they have), while the food is just delicious! Also, very good value for money. Highly recommended!
Twice in 1 week, what else can I say but FAB! Service was excellent, food was hot and tasty. Efes beer is light and very drinkable. Staff are all over it and the Baklava is too die for. I had the Adana Kebab and my boss had the chicken Iskender superb. Really guys go and you will not be disappointed. Looking forward to visiting Red Mezze next time back in Newcastle on business.
The food cannot be faulted but on a day when Newcastle were at home the service was poor. They missed simple things like bread, cutlery and the opportunity to sell more drinks. Will be a while before we pay another visit. Although we booked the table for 1.30 we were not shown to the table until 1.55. Generally had to rush our meal for 3.pm kick off. Good result for Newcastle United but poor performance by Red Mezze.
Have eaten at Red Mezze before and this was a similar experience. Booked online in case it was busy with local events taking place and promptly shown to table. Drinks sorted first, easy ordering and great food. ate 2 courses, starter and mains, and with drinks, the bill was a reasonable £30. Well worth a visit.
Went for 1/2 term lunch with mam and daughter. My mam had the filo parcels for starter, unfortunately the menu didn't state they contained melted cheese as part of the filling, which she hates so that was really disappointing. I had the mitti kofte which was ok. For mains my daughter and I had the chicken kebabs which were deliciously spiced, and my mam had the fish guvec, which was also delicious, with the turkish bread. All in all we would definitely go back but please review the menu to state cheese where it's present! Also, there was a store room behind where we were sitting, every time someone entered, which seemed to be every 5 minutes, there was an icy blast and it took ages to warm up again.
This restaurant was awesome! There was a buzz as soon as we entered and the waiter who looked after us had instant charm and personality. The food was tasty, light and well cooked. We really enjoyed the experience overall and would definitely return and recommend Red Mezze to other people.
Absolutely fantastic meal! The food was incredible.. so full of flavour and the staff were extremely friendly! Our favourite was the prawn starter.. absolutely incredible mix of ingredients! 100% would recommend a Red Mezze meal to anyone. My girlfriend and I went together, but equally works perfectly for larger groups!