Restaurant review

The tallest restaurant in the North East: review of 3Sixty from Newcastle to Hadrian’s Tower

3Sixty restaurant on top of Hadrian’s Tower near China Town

Twenty-six floors in Newcastle’s tallest building, the restaurant atop the £27million Hadrian’s Tower, home to expensive city apartments, really makes the most of its skyscraper views sky and is accessible via its own fast elevator that takes you straight to the top of the Toon so you don’t have to jostle with the residents.

As the name suggests, it literally spans 360 degrees of the building with wrap-around windows offering panoramic views across the bright lights of China Town, to the meandering Tyne, the shimmering roof of the Sage and beyond, much like the towering, fancy restaurants that are a Dubai staple – minus the weather.

We visited on a wet and windy Wednesday and were one of the few diners, a great time to visit if you want more of a private dining experience as opposed to the weekends when the place is packed with people eager to get a good shot for Instagram.

The restaurant is on the 26th floor and is accessible by its own elevator in the building

And you can’t blame them for releasing their camera phones. In addition to the views outside, the interiors are also a talking point — all sleek black marble, mood lighting, waterfall walls, and neon signage. There’s no denying that this is a restaurant that aims to take dining to new heights.

As you’d expect from a place like this, where the penthouse apartment below teeters on the million pound mark, the menu isn’t a bargain price, but it’s not the place to go for good food. It’s more of a second-hand place than day-to-day dining, although its neighbors in Hadrian’s Towers enjoy resident benefits and often come for food.

There’s a new seasonal menu of small plates, priced at £8 for crispy salt and pepper squid to £45 for baked king crab leg, sharing boards more reasonably priced from £10 £ for a bread board and nibbles and entrees from £13.50 for vegetable fettuccine to £40 for a 140g Himalayan salt aged ribeye steak.

Although an undeniably boujee place, the menu choices are accessible, nothing too extravagant here, with something for most palates.

Starter burrata served with figs and honey

I really enjoyed my burrata salad, a huge mound of this silkiest mozzarella for £12.50, which was served with a whole fig and a generous drizzle of honey which added a satisfying sweetness to the more subtle undertone of the cheese.

My friend also enjoyed her starter of scallops with trailing mash, crispy bacon and trailing fries, however at two for £12 it could have been served with a plump third shellfish to seal the deal.

For main, we both chose the 140g filet mignon, which cost £32, served with sautéed roasted tomato and half a Portobello mushroom. It’s worth noting that you’ll have to order the other usual steak paraphernalia on top, with sauces starting at £3.50 and chips priced at around £4.50, driving up the bill.

It was a beautifully tender tenderloin, perfectly pink steak that tasted so good it didn’t really need the pepper sauce that came with it.

3Sixty is accessible via its own direct elevator to the top floor

We washed it down with a very full-bodied Chianti, whose cherry notes paired perfectly with the meat. It was a good price for the quality at £26 a bottle and was served at the perfect temperature, a detail so often missed.

As you’d expect from 3Sixty, it’s a decadent drinks menu – and it’s extensive, with prices ranging from £4.90 for a small glass of white wine and £5 for a pint of San Miguel on tap at £350 for those willing to shell out the cash on a three-litre Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Jeroboam.

It really is a great place to watch the sun go down over Tyneside and there is certainly an air of romance in its film noir vibe – however we had to request a lamp for our table so we could see our food properly , which was not the case. That’s no problem for our cheerful waiter.

Definitely worth returning to during the day, even just for a drink from the impressive bar, to take in some of the best urban views in Newcastle, if not the North East.

Filet mignon from the main menu
Views from the restaurant
Wraparound windows offer panoramic views