Khai Khai


Step into the world of Khai Khai, where the magic of heritage Indian comfort food comes alive through the art of fire and smoke. Situated just a stone’s throw from Newcastle’s bustling Quayside on the picturesque Queen Street, Khai Khai transports you to another place and time.

The menu pays homage to India’s rich culinary history. You will discover a selection which boasts a melting pot of regional food traditions, with dishes tracing their roots back to their authentic origins. No effort is spared in the pursuit of genuine flavours.

The secret to Khai Khai’s enchanting cuisine lies in its cooking techniques. Utilising natural flames from hot stones, coals, wood fires, and the revolutionary Josper oven, the talented chefs masterfully harness the art of smoke play. With each dish infused with the perfect amount of smokiness, the food on offer is nothing short of legendary.

Savour succulent kebabs, grilled fish seared over glowing coals, and a variety of biryani recipes cooked dum style. Past popular favourites include murgh tikka, adraki bhuna lamb, and the must-try signature tandoori broccoli. The team at Khai Khai is also passionate about sustainability, sourcing local, seasonal, and organic produce whenever possible. Vegan and plant-based dishes feature heavily across the menu, offering something for everyone.

Khai Khai’s commitment to authenticity and quality has not gone unnoticed. Since opening its doors in December 2020, the restaurant has bagged the Best in the North East prize at the British Curry Awards twice, as well as the UK’s Best Innovative Restaurant Concept. They have also even welcomed the likes of Harrison Ford and earned a spot in the MICHELIN guide 2022.

As you walk in, the restaurant’s extraordinary interior captures your attention. An archetypal Victorian building transformed into a chic dining space, Khai Khai juxtaposes brushed steel furnishings and atmospheric lighting with preserved period features. The modern yet cozy ambiance complements the tantalising aromas wafting from the kitchen.

To complete the experience, indulge in one of Khai Khai’s expertly crafted cocktails, many of which are designed to complement the smokiness of the dishes. Try the rose-tinted martini, Tyne breeze, or the fire brick sour, inspired by Newcastle’s brick-making heritage. And don’t forget to save room for dessert – the Josper grilled pineapple with wildflower honey, star anise, and coconut ice cream is out of this world.

Khai Khai’s mission is to provide a relaxed, inviting, and memorable dining experience. Their warm and genuine Indian hospitality will make you feel right at home as you revel in punchy, spicy, smoky, and nurturing flavours that speak to the soul. So, when you’re seeking a taste of Indian culinary magic in Newcastle, remember that Khai Khai is the place where the fire comes alive.