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Ginger Meg's

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published September 7th 2018
Same, Same But Very Different
Newcastle. bar, nightspot, hidden, quirky, romantic, moody, dark, hip
Don't miss the sign (image JW)

A new restaurant and cocktail bar, hidden away just off King Street, Ginger Meg's is a sophisticated but unpretentious destination. The Pan Asian eatery and bar offers handcrafted innovative cocktails and flavours from multiple parts of Asia. Bar patrons are welcome on a walk-in basis but reservations would be recommended for the downstairs restaurant.

Bar, nightlife, Newcastle, cocktail, mystery, romantic
The surprising stairway (image JW)

Take a leap of faith and head down the dark walkway and to discover a world of Asian inspired delights in the upstairs bar. A discreet lift near the doorway provides access to the upper level for those that can't manage stairs and all other areas have flat one level floors. Although a large space, the decor creates a moody intimate feel and is good for groups as well as couples. The bar menu offers a well-priced array of Asian dishes suitable for sharing.

Satay, chicken, dinner, bar, food, Newcastle
Chicken satay sticks (image JW)

The satay chicken skewers were tender and juicy with a lovely charred flavour. The peanut sauce had a nice level of heat and was not overly sweet. The pork buns at $5 each were quite large and the soft light steamed dough was filled with a tasty spicy mince.

Bar, nightlife, Newcastle, decor, mood, art, cocktail, drinks
Atmospheric artwork (image JW)

All the cocktails are priced at $18 and have novel names and flavour combinations, Ginger Buddha and Ha-Long Bay Island Ice Tea were a great twist on the quintessential classics. I really enjoyed the refreshing use of ginger and lemongrass and that the ice tea did not contain cola. Some of the other cocktails contain ingredients such as five spice, chilli, lychee and palm sugar.

Food, Asian, cocktails, dinner, nightlife, bar, Newcastle
Duck spring rolls (image JW)

The duck spring rolls were delicious, the filling was very generous and the duck was shredded rather than minced and served with a complementary plum sauce. The restaurant has an expanded menu with more substantial main dishes and was full of happy patrons when we passed. There is an open window to the kitchen where head chef Jordon (ex-Spice Temple, Chin Chin & Rockpool) plys his trade.

Newcastle, bar, street art, nightlife, cocktails, food, drinks, decor
Street art (image JW)

Travel to Asia on the Hunter by taking a few steps down a dark walkway to drink original cocktails and dine on foods from China, Korea, Bali and Malaysia.

Cocktails, Newcastle, nightlife, moody, romantic, quirky
X marks the spot (image JW)
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Why? Try something new and different
When: Monday to Thursday 5pm to late, Friday to Sunday midday to late
Phone: 02 4068 1888
Where: Down a lane at 212 King Street Newcastle
Cost: Starters $12 - $21, Dumplings $12 - $15 for 4, mains $22 - $28
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