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Old December 8th, 2009, 12:56 PM   #61
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I've been to Aneesa's a couple of times, and on both occasions a smartly dressed woman was going table to table asking if everything was alright! She introduced herself as 'Aneesa' so she was either the owner or a local nutter having a laugh.....

The food was ok, nowt to write home about but at that price you couldnt complain.
She might be a nutter BUT the place is named after her - its her husband and some other fella that own it. She is more like the 'host' of the place, which is quite a nice touch i think
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Old December 8th, 2009, 12:58 PM   #62
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I have not been to Red Mezze yet - think i need to make a visit sometime soon.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 02:22 PM   #63
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Yeah, good point about the service at Zizzi actually. We have had some absolute mares there. If it's even slightly busy, they just can't cope. Food's still nice though
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Old December 8th, 2009, 05:06 PM   #64
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I dont mind leisurely service (ie. 20-25mins for your main), one thing that makes eating less fun out here in Van is the fact you get your food so fast. You order and within 10 mins you are eating. THen they bring the bill when clearing plates! So its very in an out, its because they rely on tips.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 11:36 AM   #65
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Went to Due Dieci the other day - its the Italian place in Kingston Park Stadium. I really liked it - food and service was good
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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:07 AM   #66
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Little Saigon on the Bigg Market - excellent place. Delicious food, very reasonable prices.
When did this open? When I was there in '07 I didn't see this restaurant.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:37 AM   #67
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When did this open? When I was there in '07 I didn't see this restaurant.
It used to be Simply Greek, I think the time frame you mention is right for the change over. 2008 I think it happened.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 10:33 PM   #68
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I heard from someone who heard from somethat that Akbar's wont be opening in Newcastle after all - something about a lease problem. I hope its just bullshit
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Old December 21st, 2009, 10:34 PM   #69
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I heard from someone who heard from somethat that Akbar's wont be opening in Newcastle after all - something about a lease problem. I hope its just bullshit
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 12:05 AM   #70
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If they are having a problem with the lease, surely they could try somewhere else in the city centre, if they really are that interested in opening in Newcastle? Eldon Square South would seem like a good call to me, opposite the Gate.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 12:07 AM   #71
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has there been any work at the site they'd originally chosen? it was due to open next month.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 01:45 PM   #72
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My favourite restaurant in Newcastle is definitely Cafe Zonzo (not really a cafe, although you can just go there for brunch or a coffee), tucked away in a corner of Sandyford. Best Italian food in the city if you ask me and reasonably priced for the quality too. Great place to take a date/girlfriend/wife too!

http://www.caffez.co.uk/open.html

Failing that, Pani's on High Bridge St is great for a really tasty, quick, cheap lunch - their lasagne is beautiful!
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 02:35 PM   #73
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Been to Panis twice, and both times was thoroughly dissapointed. Some people love the place, but it was crap both times I went. I have often sat across the way in Bacchus thinking how funny it would be if I could just rotate the 'a' in Panis 180 degrees....
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 02:50 PM   #74
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Surely worth a try one night? I'd sure they'd love their new sign...
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Old December 24th, 2009, 10:35 AM   #75
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Sadly it was true - Akbar's wont be opening in Newcastle, the reason given was due to company restructure
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Old December 25th, 2009, 03:40 PM   #76
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Sadly it was true - Akbar's wont be opening in Newcastle, the reason given was due to company restructure
Am absolutely gutted about that to be honest... Had been promising to take this hot girl that loves Akbars there when it opened... Gutted
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Old December 26th, 2009, 06:29 AM   #77
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Sadly it was true - Akbar's wont be opening in Newcastle, the reason given was due to company restructure

What - seriously? Where does it state this?

Surely they must be struggling financially. What I don't get is why have one in Middlesbrough and not in Newcastle, doesn't make sense.

They should have conqoured the 'big' cities first then the little towns.

GRR @ Akbars and for this i'm boycotting your other restaurants.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 12:07 PM   #78
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I emailed Akbar's several days ago to try and get clarification from the horse's gob, but not had a reply so far.

Work on the unit they were due to occupy did grind to a halt a few months ago, but I heard this was mainly due to a planning issue regarding the installation of mandatory ventilation for the site, which is mixed use commercial/residential.

Newcastle is still mentioned as a future location on the Akbar's website, but all those impressive renders of the interior design we were teased with have been removed.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 09:17 PM   #79
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Terrible news about Akbars.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 09:52 PM   #80
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I emailed Akbar's several days ago to try and get clarification from the horse's gob, but not had a reply so far.

Work on the unit they were due to occupy did grind to a halt a few months ago, but I heard this was mainly due to a planning issue regarding the installation of mandatory ventilation for the site, which is mixed use commercial/residential.

Newcastle is still mentioned as a future location on the Akbar's website, but all those impressive renders of the interior design we were teased with have been removed.
I mate of mine sent an e-mail a little while back - he got a response which confirms the sad news

This is what the e-mail from the owner said

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Thank you for your e mail. Akbar’s are no longer pursuing the opening of Newcastle restaurant, due to company restructure.



I apologise for the disappointing news.



Kind Regards

Shabir Hussain
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