Raval Luxury Indian Restaurant http://www.ravaluk.com/
It’s thought to be the first time the world’s most famous brown ale – which sees 100 million bottles drunk every year in the UK alone – has been used in Indian cookery.
The restaurant’s chefs devised a special menu to mark the 85th anniversary of the Tyne Bridge this year.
The Asian-fusion dishes contain a variety of local ingredients.
As well as Broon – as it’s known locally – they have also created an Indian dessert featuring Lindisfarne Mead.
Newcastle East MP Nick Brown, along with business and civic leaders, will attend a special evening at the restaurant on Monday to toast the bridge and sample the unique curry creation.
The former regional minister said: “If you ask people what they know about Tyneside, along with football they will say the Tyne Bridge and Newcastle Brown Ale. Raval’s special evening will be a great celebration of the bridge.
“It has come to symbolise Newcastle for everyone in the Northern hemisphere, and for me personally, crossing it is like coming home.”
Raval manager Avi Malik said: “The Tyne Bridge means so much to the people of the North East that we simply could not allow this anniversary to go unnoticed.
“It also means a great deal to Raval’s customers and staff.
“The restaurant is located so close to the bridge that we almost feel part of it.”
Douglas Jordan, chairman of the North East Culinary Trade Association, said: “Raval set itself a big challenge in coming up with an Indian menu that reflects the food of the North East, but the results are superb.”
The evening will also feature an exhibition of paintings by some of the region’s most talented artists.
The bridge’s famous steel arch was completed on February 25, 1928, and it was officially opened on October 10 by King George V.