Sunderland Restaurant Week returns 17-25 September. There’s everything from pizza to pasta, Indian street food dishes and some coffee and cake deals to enjoy. If you’re a regular Hello Freckles reader you’ll know I often get invited along for a preview which centres around showcasing some of the places taking part. This time was no exception and I headed along after work for some tasty dishes.
Participating venues have deals available for £5/£10/£15 where you can sample their menu while saving a few pennies too. Check the latest list of participating restaurants and bars on the Sunderland Bid website. I’ll share some of my top recommendations below.
The latest arrival to Sunderland is the award winning My Delhi. You may recognise this from Newcastle (and I went along for this meal) and I’m pleased to say the Sunderland restaurant is just as welcoming and such a lovely spot. Located down by the Winter Gardens, it serves up Delhilicious authentic Indian street food.
My Delhi isn’t your typical Indian restaurant, instead you can enjoy dishes from the busy streets of Delhi, we sampled Cauliflower Manchurian, Paneer Tikka, Samosa Chaat, Onion Bhajis, Amritsari Fish, Tikka Chicken and Chilli Chicken.
Chef and co-owner Guarav talked us through the inspiration for the menu and had such an enthusiasm for his home of Delhi. I couldn’t fault the dishes and will certainly be considering returning for the £15 offer of three street plates. The second offer is maybe more along the lines of what you’d expect – a street plate, roadside stall dish and rice. Get your voucher for My Delhi and view the menu here.
The Engine Room
Over by Sunderland Empire you’ll find The Engine Room. This bar and restaurant is located in the old fire station, dating back to the early 1900s. Here you can enjoy two courses or three small plates for £15.
If you’re asking me, I’d suggest going for two courses, maybe a burger followed by a dessert. Get your voucher for The Engine Room and view the menu here.
Our last stop on the evening for coffee and cake was Grinder Coffee at Hills Art Centre. You can also find Grinder on Durham Road with the unmissable yellow exterior.
Hills Art Centre is home to a range of businesses and the Grinder Coffee area is really light and inviting. The place you’d want to sit and enjoy a cappuccino and a traybake. Here you can do just that and have regular coffee and brownie/traybake for £5. For £10 you can have a sandwich, regular coffee and a brownie/traybake/cake. Get your voucher for Grinder Coffee here.
I had a decaf mocha with coconut milk alongside a slice of the apple and cinnamon cake. Both delicious. I also highly rate the carrot cake!
Lucky Cat Boba for your bubble tea and waffles! I visited here in March.
Stack Seaburn has a host of offers. #PoshStreetFood catching my eye and maybe, just maybe I’ll actually have my first visit to Stack Seaburn (yes, I know… still haven’t been) Acropolis are there too serving up gyros.
Feel free to search ‘Sunderland Restaurant Week’ on Hello Freckles and check out my previous posts for some other suggestions.
Are you booked up for Sunderland Restaurant Week?
I was invited to experience My Delhi, The Engine Room and Grinder Coffee and received complimentary food and drink. All opinions are my own.