Food Safari 1: Pinna

I’m lucky to be part of a group of foodies from the West End precinct who are on a mission; we’re eating our way around our favourite part of the city and reporting back via this blog. We like to think we are on a food safari, hunting out and uncovering the otherwise uncelebrated cuisine of Newcastle West. Our first stop was dinner at Pinna Restaurant.

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Mmm…meat! Are you with me – or turning away in horror? Committed carnivores and paleo enthusiasts listen up, the foodie place of your dreams is right here in the West End.

Pinna Restaurant is Newcastle’s only stone grill eatery. While there are other choices on the menu, the stone grill meals are the true star. Here’s how it works: an individual super-hot stone is allocated to each diner right at their table, allowing them to barbeque their own piece of meat exactly as they please. Choices include: local beef of various kinds, marinated chicken, lamb and pork.

This extraordinary piece of stone is heated to 400ºC giving the usual caution, ‘Watch out the plate is hot’, a whole new level of urgency. The meat sizzles and hisses and diners are urged to cut thin slices and eat it as it cooks rather than wait for the dish to be cooked through. Pinna’s menu has gluten free choices and up to three vegetarian options (one is a dedicated veggo dish, the others are meat-free variations of their pasta menu), but overall this is a restaurant which takes meat consumption seriously.

Pinna opens early with an impressive choice for breakfast. In particular the buttermilk pancakes with warm salted caramel sauce, banana and fresh cream seemed to be calling out ‘eat me’. Breakfast safaris are on our agenda, so watch this space!

Pinna Restaurant is at street level under the Pinnacle Apartments, 741 Hunter Street, Newcastle. Phone: 4978 7555. Email: Web: The restaurant is BYO. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7.30am – 10.00pm. Stone grill meals are available at lunch and dinner. Catering is available for corporate functions.

Kimberly O’Sullivan

Have you chosen the West End as your home or as the perfect place to run your business? Do you have a West End tale which deserves a wider audience? What inspires and infuriates you about the West End? If you have a story to tell I would love to talk to you! Here’s how to find me:; 0413 250 155.


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