A new restaurant that has opened in the North East to rave reviews has enjoyed its first few days of service. 

The first impressions of Amaze Gourmet Spice, in Whitley Bay, have proven particularly favourable among locals dining in-house and ordering takeaways.

Situated in Cauldwell Lane, Monkseaton, Amaze is the latest venture for multi-award-winning restaurateur Jay Alam.

The Northern Echo: The interior of Amaze restaurantThe interior of Amaze restaurant (Image: AMAZE)

His other restaurant, Turmeric Gold, situated in the heart of Coventry’s medieval quarter, regularly attracts diners from all over the world and has a score of 4.5 from almost 4,000 TripAdvisor reviewers.

Now, 22 years after first opening Turmeric Gold, Jay has set his sights on replicating his success in the North East, where his brother-in-law, Mo Hussain, already runs the equally successful Jashn restaurant in Gateshead.

The Northern Echo: The bar area at AmazeThe bar area at Amaze (Image: AMAZE)

Jay’s ambitious plans are to the advantage of foodies in Whitley Bay looking forward to experiencing a true, authentic Indian dining experience.

Amaze has been purposefully designed by Jay himself to provide guests with the luxury and elegance of Indian palaces.

Among the unique features are the quintessential Maharaja Quarters, which take their inspiration from India’s Maharajas and Maharanis and are perfect for couples looking to indulge as they savour a selection of the finest Indian dishes.

The Northern Echo: Glyn PurnellGlyn Purnell (Image: AMAZE)

With drapes, cushions and low lighting, the Maharaja Quarters offer an intimate setting which doubles up as a perfect retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the main restaurant.

As well as a main menu guests can choose from a five-course, seven course or 10 course menu.

Jay has a vast array of awards to his name.

In 2021, Turmeric Gold was named the Restaurant of the Year when Jay won a regional cook-off competition whose judges included Michelin Star chef Glyn Purnell.

Guests at Amaze will have the opportunity to sample creative dishes such as the Duck Mango Glazed Shashlick with Anorosh - a blend of pineapple, Kashmiri spice, green peppers and mango glaze, or the Malai Drumstick Korma with Puff Bread – a curry-flavoured with roasted ginger, garlic, coriander, mint, coconut and almond.

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The Indian Kulfi and Apple Crumble dessert features cardamon apple crumble with home made Indian ice cream.

Among the locals who have already experienced Amaze are David Croft. He wrote: “Thanks for a tremendous meal or rather eating experience on Sunday night. It’s been a wait coming - but well worth it.”

One diner wrote: “Had a lovely meal last night. Delicious,”  while another added: “Had the most amazing takeaway last night. Excellent quality and brilliant special price. Could soon be our Sunday night regular experience.”