Over the past year or so, there have been a number of great new restaurants opening across Sunderland city centre and if you’re like me and still haven’t got round to trying a lot of them, then Restaurant Week is your perfect opportunity!
Organised by Sunderland BID, Sunderland Restaurant Week takes place from the 8th to the 16th September and sees over 30 restaurants and cafes take part, with dining deals on offer for as little as £5pp.
I was lucky enough to be invited along to a ‘Safari Supper’ – an event which sees a bunch of North East bloggers get together and sample food from different restaurants taking part!
We were split into groups and went on a bit of a walking tour for each course, and I was lucky enough to be starting the evening off at 808 Bar and Kitchen.
Residing on the corner of St Thomas Street, 808 opened its doors around a month ago and is owned by the lads responsible for club night Haze, and Port Independent clothing store. This is actually my second visit to the restaurant and I was so excited to be back ready to try more of their menu.
As soon as you walk inside, you’re blown away by the interior. Turquoise booths, marble tables and beautiful pink blossom trees – it’s just stunning! I feel like I also need to mention how amazing (and pink) the ladies loos are – serving total Barbie house realness! *insert heart eyes emoji*
But anyway, onto the food!
As this was our first restaurant of the evening, we were given a range of starters to try including calamari, nachos, spicy garlic pepper prawns, ribs and halloumi fries to name a few.
I found each dish I tried delicious, but if I had to pick favourites…it would definitely be the salt and pepper calamari and the halloumi fries!
We were also treat to some sliders from the extensive burger menu, which I must say are brilliantly named! Kim Jong-Bun? GENIUS.
A favourite of the table was definitely their Chinese themed burger, Enter The Dragon. A salt and pepper chilli chicken burger covered in curry sauce and even served with a spring roll and prawn cracker!
It’s honestly an absolute joy to see somewhere like 808 in Sunderland, and I can’t wait to make it my regular spot whether it be for food, or just a bev.
Our next stop was The Pickle on Vine Place for main course. Another restaurant with lovely interior, including an awesome Lemur wallpaper…
We were welcomed by the lovely staff who had opened that night especially for us to sample their food, and boy did we get some food to sample!
They filled our table with towering burgers, sharing platters and sides and I don’t think my eyes have ever opened so wide. One burger that definitely caught my attention was The Morning After, which is essentially an all day breakfast in burger form – black pudding and hash brown included!
Speaking of hash browns, the standout dish for myself, and most of my table, here was the bacon and halloumi hash brown bites. Yep, you heard me… bite sized hash browns, bits of crispy halloumi and bacon in a bowl, with spicy paprika mayo. DIVINE!
Our final stop was The Looking Glass, a wonderful Alice in Wonderland themed bistro on Athenaeum Street.
It’s beautifully decorated with lots of lovely trinkets around, and I really did feel like I was in Alice’s world! There’s certainly nowhere else like this in Sunderland. The Looking Glass have a huge selection of teas, cakes and other foods, and it was the perfect place to end our evening…I was ready for a cuppa!
I decided to go for a delicious Strawberry and Mint tea and a slab of Rocky Road to go with it, which was lovely.
I had an absolutely wonderful evening trying all three places, and would definitely recommend that you try them out!
To find out which restaurants are taking part in Sunderland Restaurant Week, click here.
If you’re heading out over the week, don’t forget to share your pics on social using the hashtag #EatDrinkSunderland!