A POPULAR Newcastle restaurant is bringing the taste of the Far East to the North East with three new autumn menus.

Fusion dishes, tapas and traditional Asian cuisine are among the offerings on the new lunch, evening and drinks menus at Fat Buddha, at 55 Degrees North.

Diners opting for starters can choose from dishes such as grilled pork belly skewers, duck samosas, lobster tapas and Shanghai chicken dumplings.

Those looking for something more substantial have an extensive mains menu to choose from, including special Malaysian curry, tofu stir-fry, Edo beef and nasi goreng, a Balinese dish of fried rice with prawns, pork and chicken satay.

To drink, the restaurant offers a selection of red, white and rosé wine, Champagne or cocktails, including The Buddha, flavoured mojitos and Pink Royale, an eastern take on the Bellini with lychee, lemon juice, prosecco and kwai feh liqueur.

And those with dietary requirements are also catered for, with a separate menu available for those following vegan or gluten free diets.

Gary Hutchinson of Chrysalis Leisure, which owns the Fat Buddha, is looking forward to diners trying the new menus.

“A lot of hard work and effort has gone into creating new and exciting dishes for visitors heading to the restaurant in autumn,” said Gary.

“Many of the popular dishes are still on the menu, but we hope that diners will feel inspired to try something new and maybe even find a new favourite dish.”

Those dining at Fat Buddha can also enjoy 15 per cent off drinks at Antler, the alpine-themed bar situated downstairs, before or after their meal.

For more information or to book a table, visit www.fatbuddhancl.com or call 0191 261 1066.