Brasserie Black Door is well known by reputation but situated in a rather elusive location just outside of Newcastle city centre. It follows on from the success of its sister fine-dine restaurant, Black Door, but is more informal.
It is a welcome place to hide from the busy city streets and shelter from the rain.
The brasserie, housed in Britain's biggest original art store, is itself an art gallery, so there's plenty of art to take in and comment on. The atmosphere is relaxed with light wooden floors and contemporary furnishings. Even when busy, Brasserie Black Door - which can cater for corporate functions, too - avoids being crowded, with just the right level of background chatter and music.
Executive chef David Kennedy imaginatively uses fresh local produce, including smoked duck, orange and watercress salad with walnut dressing, and blood-orange soup and ginger biscuits.
Clients and journalists soak in the gentle atmosphere, are interested by the art and always impressed by the food. Once you find this hidden gem, you won't forget where to find it again.
Where: Brasserie Black Door, The Biscuit Factory, NE2 1AN
Contact: 0191 2605411
How much: Lunch, two courses, £15