Hana Hana, Bath Lane, Newcastle

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Over the years this Japanese restaurant seems to have become the eating venue of choice for the region’s footballers.

Though Black Cat and Magpie players may be divided on the pitch, their love of this eaterie unites them and there are scores of their pictures adorning their walls.

It’s easy to see why this place has pleased the palates of the sporting glitterati.

One of the reasons it manages to stand head and shoulders above stiff competition from nearby China Town, is its eight teppanyaki grill stations where diners can sit and watch as their dinner is prepared.

It isn’t just the novelty theatre of gastronomy which will have me returning – it’s the grub.

There’s plenty of tasty-sounding treats on the menu to get you licking your lips with appetisers such as barbecue beef rolls (£6.50) and kaki yaki – fresh oyster and bacon – for £7.50.

There’s also a broad range of sushi and sashimi from which to choose.

It was the set banquets and dinners, however, which caught our eye. Prices range from £18 per person to £39.90 with a choice of vegetarian, meat and fish options.

We went with the String of Pearl option which comes in at £26.90 per person. After a gong was sounded to herald our arrival at our table (they do this for everyone) our chef set about preparing our feast.

First up was a Hokkaido scallop which was beautifully presented in a shell and devoured in no time. Next, you can choose from either a chicken stay or sushi appetiser. I went with the latter and it was fresh and full of flavour.

The main course is whopping and includes tiger prawns, swordfish steak, chicken teriyaki and fillet steak which is cooked before your eyes and served with fried rice and vegetables.

Each was simply delicious and it’s hard to choose a favourite, but the beef nailed it. Tender, oozing with flavour and moreish, it was some of the best beef I’ve tasted.

Inbetween cooking, guests are given the chance to join the chef for an egg flipping competition. I was challenged to wear a chef’s hat and flip an egg from the griddle into it.

I lost – but this eating experience was win win.

Katy Wheeler

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