Escobars new location is a little out of the way next Door to Empress Bar on Amen Corner (St Nicholas' Cathedral) This location is much nicer and much more 'target demographic' than the metro centre was.
We went on Saturday, Just around 1pm expecting it to be busy- It was fairly quiet and we were seated instantly. As we had been before we know that the protocol is to start at the salad bar/ buffet THEN they start to cook the meat. Forget your 'supermarket Salad bars' - the dishes at Escobars are fresh and there are flavours I have not very often experienced- and I ALWAYS want more, I cannot stress how hard it is not to overeat. PACE YOURSELF AND TAKE YOUR TIME!!
Alongside the salad bar was five or six hot dishes on the buffet table amongst which were meatballs, Beef Ribs Stew and Chilli (meatballs were REALLY meaty & Very nice!) the beef rib stew- wow- I expect ribs to be mainly bone and not a large amount of meat but this had huge chunks of meat in it and it was so tender, the sauce was amazing- I can't really say much more as I was in the throws of full on food induced gluttony.
As we were about halfway through this first plate the grilled meat started to come out. Garlic steak- tender and pink inside and nicely charred on the outside (and yes there SHOULD be some blood in most properly cooked meat- (I get annoyed when folk moan about food being "raw". Preference is one thing but to slate restaurants for it is another!) As with all grilled meat the outer edges are beautifully crispy and slightly charred and the inside were juicy, pink and melt in the mouth.
I see people complain about small amounts being offered- and NO, they do not bring you a half kilo fillet steak just for you- but you are paying a very reasonable price for good quantities of very nice food.
As I finished the Garlic Steak we were offered Some gammon, I'm not usually a fan of Pork but this just looked too good, it was dripping with juice (not fat!) It looked perfect and I had to get it in my mouth! - It was just perfect, not too salty, not 'rubbery' at all.
At this point I think I reverted to some form of werewolf/ caveman hybrid and was entirely focussed on eating meat - as the grilled whole pineapples came around. They were deliciously caramelised and really nice with the gammon. Grilled Pork with Beer was brought around <again, really good- tender and you could really taste the marinade!>
Sadly now that I have reverted to a human being now I cannot remember any of the intervening dishes but we were then both full to the brim and turning over our "PLEASE STOP" table cards. As we did this the waiter approached the table with an amazing grilled joint of beef- Just as he turned away I changed my mind and had some of that. This beef was smoky, almost buttery and utterly delicious. I had a really well cooked end piece with a little bit of fat (I like that!) and the inner tender parts of the joint were just so pink and juicy that I had a piece of that too!
We couldn't eat any more, we had been there for an hour and you cannot get bored in that place. There were four more styles of meat still due to come to the tables but we had to get back to the cave and let the dog out. We left- very full and VERY happy.
We were so thrilled with the food that for the first time ever we left our shopping behind!- a sly excuse to go back??!!
I apologise if this started to sound like food porn, but this is the best experience I have ever had in Newcastle & in public, with my clothes on!