Good morning Monday! How are we all on this fine first week of September? This year has gone so fast! The older I get the faster time seems to go. Not to alarm anyone, but I am going to Mexico tomorrow!!! That’s right the painful countdown you lot have endured for the last six weeks is finally coming to an end and it’s coming to an end, not with a health or fitness related post… but with a foodie post. *Hooray!*
This is a public service announcement to my Sunderland and North East readers (also anyone that’s up North next week too!), Sunderland Restaurant Week is back! And it starts on Saturday the 9th Septemeber, running until Sunday the 17th. Thank me later. This will be the cities third Restaurant Week as part of Eat Drink Sunderland. Some of our greatest and well-known restaurants will be showcasing their unique cuisine, offering bargains including special two and three-course menus for £10 or £15. The week will also see cafes having their chance to wow, with a £5 daytime offer, so keep an eye out and check online which companies are involved!
I was thrilled to be invited by Eat Drink Sunderland, to another Safari Restaurant Hop with a few other North East bloggers! I went along at the beginning of the year to a similar event and it was brilliant, you can read that review here. Just to quickly explain what a safari restaurant hop is to any new readers, it’s basically where you go to different restaurants for each course! This time we started at The Prosecco Bar for arrival drinks and appetisers, then starters at Asiana Fusion Restaurant, main meal at Tipi by Port of Call and lastly desserts at Serendipity Tea and Trinkets!
So, lets The Prosseco Bar, a bar I’ve been desperate to try since it first opened up in Sunderland City Centre but never had the chance to! I knew it would be spectacular since I’ve been to their sister restaurant The Funky Indian which is amazing, so I had high expectations and it didn’t disappoint. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco obvs, which was absolutely gorgeous! We were sampling a new rose prosecco the bar were trying, 10 from me. The bar itself is very dark, but that’s what you kind of expect when you’re in a bar, therefore, it sets the mood and atmosphere just right. I’ll definitely be going back with the other half as it’s almost a little romantic. We then a had few appetizers which were onion bhaji’s with spiced salted chips. Super yummy, and they went down lovely with my fizz.
After half an hour or so, we headed to Asiana for our starters! It’s a short walk away on the other end of the city. I love Asiana, it’s very popular in Sunderland and I’d say it’s one business in the city that’s managed to survive by staying on top of their game. I’ve never heard a bad review of the place. The decor is very luxurious, you definitely get the feel of ‘fine dining’ when you arrive. We got seated and were given a sharing platter which was divided for up to 4 people. It was a mix of Japanese and Chinese delicacies, there were duck rolls, spring rolls, chicken satays, seaweed, prawns, and it was absolutely divine. It was very filling so I had to really hold back on eating a lot since we did still have two courses to eat. My favourite from the platter was the chicken satay with peanut butter sauce which was very moist and tastes so fresh. The peanut butter sauce was something else, nothing liked I’d ever tasted before, beautiful.
Then it was time for our mains, Station Taxi’s so kindly transported us back up to the south end of the city centre to Port of Call. Another hotspot in Sunderland, it’s certainly my hotspot and my go-to place in the town. I go for drinks, food and a catch-up with friends! The atmosphere is always buzzing, no matter whether the place is full or not. Last week saw the opening of their Tipi’s, which no doubt will make the place even more popular. We were greeted with a cocktail and a smile by staff in the tipi’s, then we received our mountain main, of a selection of meats. There was so much to try, which was great because I tried things I wouldn’t have necessarily tried normally, like mac and cheese. My favourite was the Southern Fried chicken burger and not to mention the flat breads, there was a real mix of things to suit everyone’s taste buds. I loved the tipi’s, there was such a warm cosy feel in the air that was very relaxing as we filled our stomachs.
And finally, another short taxi journey to Serendipity Tea and Trinkets for dessert! Another place I’ve always longed to go, but never found a moment to go. I’d heard great things about the place so I was hoping those were true, and they were! Serendipity is probably the cutest coffee shop I’ve ever been to, the decor is very Alice in Wonderland, shabby chic and bright. There was a selection of desserts available including, cake, cheesecake, blondies, rocky roads, but of course I went for the brownies. Just look at them, they were soft, gooey and warm. The recipe for perfection. I have such a sweet tooth, so the brownie and a cuppa definitely won the best place we visited for me. I’ll be back in a hurry!
I had a fantastic evening at the Safari hop and really do think this idea for an event is genius! I loved trying out the different menus and see what’s available this week for us Mackems!
Have you been to a restaurant week before?