Sambuca opened its first restaurant in Jesmond, Newcastle nearly 30 years ago. Sambuca now have a chain of Italian Restaurants throughout the North East, with branches at Ashington, Heaton Park, North Shields, Forest Hall, South Shields, Sunderland, Whitley Bay, Tyne Tunnel, Blyth, Hartlepool and this one in Durham. It’s right next to the Travelodge just off Gilesgate Roundabout, so just 10 mins walk from where we live.
We pride ourselves on providing good service, and good quality food and drink at affordable prices, despite the economical recession we’ve managed to maintain our rock bottom, very modest prices…
Every hour at Sambuca Durham is happy hour! We advise you book in advance to avoid disappointment, however walk-ins are always welcome.
We arrived early on a Friday evening and the place was already bouncing. As usual, we hadn’t booked, but were shown to a table straight away and the waiter took our drinks order. Mrs DFD selected a bottle of pink fizz and off we went! We tend to share more these days when we’re out together, so it was a Garlic Bread with Cheese and Tomato to get us in the Italian Mood. The breads at Sambuca are nice and thin and not stodgy like the deep pan stuff you get elsewhere. It was sizzling hot too, and we singed our fingers a bit getting it on our plates. Considering it was very busy, it only took about 10 mins for the food to arrive. Impressive! Waiters are buzzing around in here, and you can see what’s happening in the kitchen. On most nights they play music when it’s someone’s birthday and the waiters join in with the dancing and frivolities.
For the Main course we chose Basilico pizza, and a side of Buffalo Mozzarella salad. The pizza was really tasty and fresh, once again a thin crust, so not too filling for the two of us (on a weight loss regime). The pink fizz was disappearing very rapidly too, so it wasn’t too long before another bottle of that was needed as well.
Various specials are dotted around the walls on blackboards and we selected our sweets from there : Sticky Toffee Pudding and Orange Sorbet. I should point out these are actually two separate items, not a single one, although it sounds quite a good combination. The toffee pud was nice and light. We were a bit disappointed with the sorbet though in that the frozen orange skin wasn’t full, but we were having too good a time to complain really.
When we left, there was a queue of about 20 people at the bar, waiting for a seat. It’s a popular place Sambuca. Overall, the place has a nice rustic feel, and even though it can get noisy, it’s a warm, friendly noise. The service is excellent and quick, you aren’t left sitting for hours waiting for your food. I know our bill came to 60 quid, but at least £35 of that was Prosecco, the food part was only about £25 between the two of us.
Durham Food and Drink Rating
First Impression : 8, Service : 9, Food : 8, Value : 8
Total cost (for two) : £60.00 (including two bottles of rosé Prosecco).
7 Station Lane
Tel: 0191 384 1010
Monday – Saturday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
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