Electric East, Waterloo Square, Newcastle

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IF you’re looking for a restaurant with the wow factor, Electric East is your place.

It offers a range of innovative dishes from Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand ... and boy are they good.

The chefs have combined flavours that you’d never think would work, such as tempura king prawns with vindaloo mayo and chilli jam (£6) – which I had to start – and the results are spectacular.

I visited the restaurant with my two musketeers, Cara and Katy, and we were pretty bowled over when we stepped inside.

The Vietnamese furnishings are super cool and really make the place come to life.

There’s brightly-coloured lanterns that hang from the ceiling, artwork such as Tin Tin adorn the walls and in the bar area handcrafted and oddly-shaped wooden chairs and tables add to the quirkiness of the place.

There’s plenty to choose from on the restaurant’s menu and you can either opt for Tapas-style smaller dishes to share or enjoy a larger main course. Feeling hungry, we went for the latter.

While Katy went for the scallops with pork and peanut caramel (£7.50), Cara opted for Singapore pork and crab roll (£5). Both starters got the thumbs up – from all of us – as we couldn’t resist sampling one another’s dishes.

For mains, I chose the chicken massaman curry, a south Thai dish with cinnamon, cloves and cardamom (£15); Cara plumped for the chang mai, a Thai yellow curry with monkfish, scallops and mussels, finished with pineapple and coriander (£17) and Katy for a classic pad Thai (£15). Her dish came with noodles, egg, peanut and chicken.

My curry was rich, spicy and absolutely delicious and judging by the smile on the ladies’ faces, they were happy with their choices too.

Although the dessert menu was very tempting, with delights such as orange and clove crème brulee (£5.50) and winter berry and white chocolate cheesecake (£5.50), we were all so full we had to pass on it.

Even the Vietnamese coffee didn’t get a look in. But it will next time, as we all plan on heading back soon.

Georga Spottiswood