Looking for a light bite or delicious dinner? etc’s Cara Houchen says you should try one of Yarm’s hidden gems
The aptly named Hide Bar and Grill is easily missed by the untrained eye.
Set back from Yarm High Street this lovely eatery can be found tucked away at the end of a snicket, which provides a haven for shops such as Elfin designer children’s wear and luxury shoe shop Buckles and Bows.
Once inside this open-plan restaurant you can choose to relax in cosy booths or on bar stools. I visited with my friend, Adelle, and we decided a comfy booth was perfect for a girlie catch up.
Our waitress was on hand immediately to offer us menus and ask for our drinks order, as I was driving and Adelle is pregnant it was J20s all round, but Hide has an extensive wine list and cocktail menu to choose from.
The atmosphere in Hide is so relaxed, we felt in no hurry to pick what we wanted and the staff were more than happy to let us take our time.
I decided to give the cod and salmon fishcakes a try (£5.95). I have had these in other restaurants and sometimes they can be dry or lacking in fish but these tasty morsels were spot on. They had plenty of salmon in them and the moist texture was perfect.
Adelle plumped for the aromatic duck pancakes with plum and hoi sin sauce (£7.25). She is notoriously picky but she ate everything on her plate and said it was delicious – compliments to the chef!
After a breather and another round of drinks our mains arrived. I had chosen to continue with the fish theme and I had the tuna steak (£12.95).
It came with fries, tzatziki and a rocket salad, it was a good-size portion and I had asked for it pink, which it was. It was tasty and cooked just right so that every bite melted in my mouth.
As I tucked into my fish dish Adelle made her way through the enormous Spanish chicken pizza (£7.95) she had ordered. Topped with tomato, mozzarella, chorizo, roast peppers, salsa, sour cream, and smoked paprika this pizza was a real treat for the taste buds.
Hide offers cuisine from all over the world, so whether you love Italian or Thai your tastes are catered for. It also has an extensive tapas menu which is available from 12pm. It includes Spanish classics such as almonds fried in olive oil with paprika and sea salt, and char grilled king prawns on the shell with garlic butter.
There is also a range of paella and unlike a lot of restaurants you can have an individual portion, so you don’t have to persuade your dining partner to share.
This restaurant may be hidden, but once you’ve sampled the tasty menu it won’t be forgotten.
Hide Bar and Grill, Fairfax Court Arcade, Yarm High Street. Visit www.hidebar.com or call 01642 355558