Lorde has been plagued with ‘the ills’ recently. It was the flu and general case of being ‘run down’ that post-poned the original Lorde show in Newcastle, and once she was finally back on the road, the songstress was hit with a bout of food poisoning during her time in Perth. Newcastle is lucky enough to boast an array of great places to eat, but we thought we’d give Lorde a few hot tips on where to go to avoid any more gastrointestinal mishaps…
One Penny Black, Hunter St Mall Newcastle
Cute, cosy and home of arguably the best coffee in Newcastle, OPB should be high on Lorde’s list of delicious places to fuel up once she hits our hometown. It’s hard to pick a favourite from the breakfast menu, but what better way to beat the icy Winter breeze than with a warm and wholesome vegan-friendly porridge garnished with dainty edible flowers. Adorable.
Paleo Café, Cleary St Hamilton
Nothing says safe-to-consume and good-for-your-insides like the “Eat Clean, Live Clean” mantra of Newcastle’s own Paleo Café. This rapidly growing health movement promotes eating and living the way nature intended, focusing on a more ‘primal’ diet and the elimination of any nasties like refined sugar or preservatives that can cause a lot of gut grief.
Subo, Hunter St Newcastle West
A modern and intelligent, yet friendly fine dining experience that has been awarded Two Hats, and is continually heralded as one of the best dining experiences in NSW. With Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine hitting over one million sales, we’re going to venture a guess that this young star has got a bit of extra hard-earned cashola to splurge on a decadent degustation of mostly local and seasonal fresh produce.
Benjamas Thai, Darby St Cooks Hill
So, what happens if Lorde doesn’t feel like putting her face on or getting out of her onesie? It’s OK, we’ve all been there. Opting for some takeaway Thai to devour in the privacy of her hotel room is totally acceptable, especially when Newcastle has access to some of the greatest Thai food this side of Chiang Mai. Benjamas is a thriving Newcastle favourite, consistent high-quality, and always a-buzz with casual diners and a steady stream of takeaway-collectors most nights of the week.
Rustica, King St (opposite Newcastle Beach)
An amazing view of Newcastle’s stunning coastline with delectable food to match, Rustica brings Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to Newcastle’s East End. Rustica’s share plates are a definite favourite, making this the perfect lazy lunch destination for Lorde and her touring team to celebrate a huge night performing.
Good health and godspeed, Lorde. (And please, try to avoid eating anything funky between now and Saturday!)