Review: O de V, Pipewellgate House, Gateshead

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MY eyes lit up when I heard a new steak house had opened its doors in the region.

A short walk down to the River Tyne was enough to work up a healthy appetite, and by the time we walked through O de V’s doors our mouths were well and truly watering.

Boasting a room with a view that takes in the Tyne’s iconic bridges, this classy joint, which has filled a gaping gap in the region’s market, is a must if you’re after a tasty treat.

Set in former restaurant La Riviera, managing director David Faye, whose past ventures include the hugely successful As You Like It, has well and truly transformed the place.

The white interior gives the place a cool, fresh and spacious feel, and contrasted with the polished wooden floors, the restaurant oozes contemporary chic.

The window seat where we were sitting looked out over the terrace, which will provide a fantastic place to soak up the sun in the summer months.

While it sells itself as a steak house, there’s plenty of other tasty treats on the menu, including chargrilled rare-breed pork chop, butterflied sea bass, cornfed chicken breasts and Thai vegetable curry, making deciding what to go for tricky.

After finally settling on a six inch Asian infusion steak with steak chips and a poivre sauce (£19.50), my other half opted for the 10oz sirloin Moroccan infusion (£19.50) with steak chips.

After a short wait, which gave us time to polish off a glass of wine we ordered from the extensive wine list, our dinner was served, and as well as being a feast for our eyes, it was just as tasty.

The steak was cooked to perfection, and the spicy flavours fused perfectly making my Asian steak one of the best I’ve tasted.

The chips were equally as tasty and were thickly-cut potatoes with a crunchy bite.

And the hot chocolate orange fondant was to die for, rounding off possibly one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time.

While the bill rolled in at £63.19, including a bottle of red wine and a service charge, the option of a three-course dinner for £14.95 between 5pm and 7pm means I’ll definitely be returning.