Barrio Comida, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Barrio Comida, Newcastle upon Tyne

Mexican Restaurant - Address: Wesley Square, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DE

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Review of "Barrio Comida, Newcastle upon Tyne"

published 18/03/2017 | danielalong
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Pro Great food and quirky decor
Cons Toilets
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"Tacos on the quayside"

After a leisurely stroll along Newcastle quayside market, we decided to stop off here for something to eat.


Situated on the quayside, this is in a container which had previously housed an excellent fish eatery in Tynemouth. When I say container, it's actually a couple of shipping containers, so whilst not the prettiest space, it is quirky with the corrugated sides and windows along the sides.

It is close to the millennium Bridge with a great view of the bridges, and set back slightly from the river, and although there was no outside seating when we were there, there is plenty of space and I can see this happening in the summer.


Very unfussy is how it can be described with a laid back vibe. There is a floor to ceiling menu board and as far as I can gather, when food is no longer available then it is merely rubbed off the board. There are high eating tables attached to the walls and all around the windows and guests sit on high metal stools complete with a cushion for comfort. The order and bar area is as unfussy as the rest of the place, situated opposite the door and with an Open kitchen complete with charcoal fired oven.


The food menu is displayed on a board and on the tables there is a drinks menu featuring alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. There is a lot of tequila on offer but also some quite fancy looking non alcoholic drinks.

Cups of tea and coffee can also be purchased which is good because anyone not wanting food can have a drink and sit and watch the world go by.

Food wise on offer are snacks tacos and salsas. The snacks are quite interesting and include oysters, and corn chips and there is a good selection of salsas at £1 a shot. We went straight for the tacos. I had the Carne Asada which Steak Cooked over Charcoal, Salsa Negra, Grilled Spring Onion, Crema, Onion & Cilantro costing £3.25. This had a great taste very fresh with a nice crunch and bit of zest. My friend had the Mole, wood roast chicken, pink onions and poblano sauce, and which was deemed delicious, with a smoky taste.

There are usually four or five flavours on offer and one usually seems to be vegetarian, so something for most palates.

The tacos themselves are cooked to order and to get the order to the right table guests are given a small picture on a stand.

The portions are quite small, but for us just the right amount for a lunch. They are served on paper plates with plastic cups being the order of the day.


Great tasting food from a chef with a Michelin star background. I like the feel of this place with the open kitchen and the back to the 80s music for me was a Bonus! The toilets are outside kind of porta loos so this was my only downside but for a tasty meal, and a sit in the sunshine, I can put up with this.

Recommended for anyone visiting Newcastle.

Thanks for reading

Daniela xx

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Product Information : Barrio Comida, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Mexican Restaurant - Address: Wesley Square, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DE

Product Details

Address: Wesley Square, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DE

Country: England

Continent: Europe

Type: Mexican Restaurant

City: Newcastle upon Tyne


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