REVIEW: Malmaison, Newcastle Quayside

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Claiming to be “the biggest Sunday lunch in town” is a bold statement.

But it’s no empty boast on the part of Malmaison – as the top button on my jeans can testify.

Swanky hotels aren’t usually associated with belly-busting eat-all-you-can buffets.

However, this isn’t just any buffet. Forget questionable-looking curries and deep-fried concoctions, this spread boasts serrano ham carved in front of you, salads, pates, terrines, soup, as well as a chef’s station, where he’ll whip up omelettes, waffles and pancakes to your liking.

The aforementioned are all unlimited as part of the £19.95 a head Sunday offer.

On top of that, you can choose a meal from the brunch and main menus as well as a pudding.

It’s top value for Sunday afternoon grazing, in the Mal’s trendy, low-lit restaurant.

After picking my way through the buffet, I chose eggs benedict from the brunch section. For those after something heartier, the mains section has a good selection of burgers, Sunday roast and the like.

I chose the eggs benedict with smoked salmon and I got lashings of the stuff. Hollandaise sauce is notoriously tricky to get right, but this version was just the right consistency – creamy, but not sickeningly so.

It was, however, the blooming brilliant Bloody Marys which stole the show.

You have to pay for these on top of your meal offer (£9), but with six different types to choose from, all made at your table on a special Bloody Mary travelling trolley, we couldn’t resist.

As they’re made to your requirements, you can choose how much Tabasco and horseradish, and mine certainly blew away the Sunday cobwebs.

In fact, it was the best Bloody Mary I’ve had.

Katy Wheeler