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Sunderland Safari Supper ..

This event was to help promote the launch of Sunderland Restaurant Week and I couldn't think of a better way to get people excited for discounted meals throughout Sunderland. Sunderland Restaurant Week is running from the 24th September to the 2nd October, and during this time you'll be able to dine out in Sunderland for £5, £10 or £15 depending which venue you choose. The event included visiting 5 different restaurants to try out the different food on offer, we had a mixture of Italian, Indian, Burgers & Cake. In each restaurant we had a different course, which I felt was a great way of trying new things.

Our 5 courses went abit like this:


First Course: Cafe Purple
Cafe purple was our meeting point for the evening, here we were presented with lots of different cocktails to taste along with the most spectacular cheeseboard I've ever seen. The cheese was accompanied with crackers, olives, grapes and some dips, honestly I could have sat and ate it all night. Cocktails wise, we got to try pretty much every cocktail on the menu, and I must say my favourite had to be the Paradise Mojito, it was really fruity and refreshing. The bar tended also made a Sour cherry cola bottle cocktail which wasn't on the menu, but was to die for, it tasted exactly like the cherry cola bottle sweets.


Second Course: Port of Call
Here we were presented with even more cocktails, due to driving I wasn't able to taste many of them at all, however the little sips I did have tended to be a lot stronger that I like. I love a cocktail that hides the harshness of alcohol, I find it much more enjoyable. We were then served some mini canapés and mussels. The mussels were served in a creamy garlic and onion sauce and a spicy tomato sauce. These were accompanied but some very miniature beef burgers, prawn blinis and some other canapés. Unfortunately nobody talked us through what we were eating so I stayed clear of ones that didn't look very appealing. I tried the mini burgers and a couple of the fish canapés. 







Third Course: Prosecco lounge & The Funky Indian 
On first entering we were presented with a rather nice glass of prosecco, not to sweet and not too dry. We were shown around the prosecco lounge, which had a very modern feel to it, and the owner explained how he had opened the lounge as something different. Especially as it's such a different environment to the Funky Indian downstairs. 
When taken downstairs to the Funky Indian I was quite shocked at how bright and colourful the room was. After a couple of minutes to chat, the waiter came over and explained to us the menu. This menu wasn't that of your normal Indian restaurant, this restaurant served Indian tapas styles dishes. Their menu has on it 46 different dishes inspired from all parts of India, which is why beef is also on the menu. From the menu you can choose to have 3/4 dishes per person for a tapas style meal or you can choose an item with a plate next to it and this can be served as a main meal. I loved this take on an Indian restaurant and each item we tried was so tasty. My favourite item had to be the sweet & sour fried cauliflower. 

"Celebrate life, eat, drink and be merry."



Fourth Course: Angelo's
This is the home of the world bests pasta dish for the second year running. Stozzapreti Con Salsiccia e Friarlielli consists of homemade pasta with speciality homemade sausage, friarielli, cream of provolone cheese topped with crispy sundries tomato bread. And it is beautiful I can see why it is award winning. Along with this we tried a couple of other dishes including stuffed chicken wrapped in prosciutto, a tomato, mozzarella pizza and a couple of different beef dishes. The staff here were really pleasant and I think that makes the place feel nice and homely. 


Fifth Course: Sweet Tooth Delivery
So after four previous courses, there wasn't a chance I could manage a fifth course. So I decided to take my dessert home with me, along with a piece for my other half as it would be unfair to eat cake without him. The choice of cakes in Sweet tooth delivery all looked devine, and it really was a tough decision. I decided on the Skittles rainbow cake, not only because I thought it would taste lovely but also because it looked very instagrammable. And that's how us bloggers think. For Sean I picked up the Reeses peanut butter stack cake, which he said was fab, and that was the day after I had picked them up. While I was in Sweet tooth delivery I decided to try one of their iced lemonades and went for the passionfruit flavoured one, I have never tasted anything as scrummy. I will definitely be going back for another one soon.

All in all this was a fantastic event and it really gave me a feel for what Sunderland had to offer during Restaurant Week. Thank you to Bernice from Sorted PR for organising the evening.

Where are you thinking of heading to over Restaurant Week?

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