It’s been a while since I attended the Safari Supper ahead of Sunderland Restaurant Week and there have been some new restaurants pop up since the last one that I have been excited to try.
Sunderland Restaurant Week is in partnership with Sunderland BID and occurs twice a year. It is always very popular with a week of places that offer food that gives its customer’s special prices and offers.
The Sunderland Safari event allows us influencers to go along with Sunderland BID to explore some of the highlights that will be available on Restaurant week from as little as £5 offers.
We all met for drinks at TTonic bar and restaurant. The space inside is much bigger then I thought and I always walked past this place until now. It has gorgeous green leather seating areas and a mega floral instagramable ceiling too. We were offered cocktails from their new Spring 2020 menu. A choice of Cucumber Gimblet or I can’t BEE-lieve it. I opted for the latter. With a mix of manuka honey and Linonchello, they have based their drinks upon the ingredients aimed to boost health benefits. This is seen throughout its new menu too! With Vegan options, they have new meat-free American burgers, beetroot and cheese wraps and others too.
From here we were split into 2 groups and headed to different places for starters and mains. A short walk over the other side of town we arrived at Grosvenor Casino in the heart of the entertainment hub of the city. Opposite the cinema and next to the bowling alley, a casino, as well as a place to eat is a great choice.
The casino has a huge selection of food to choose from with a lounge menu and kitchen bites menu. We tried the kitchen bites which are normally £5 each. My fave bites were the halloumi and chorizo skewers and the crispy pork bites with Korean dipping sauce. If you’re a fan of prawns then you have a selection of dishes to choose from too. All were a good size to share if you wanted too.
It was tough not to stuff my face with all of the kitchen bites but I had to leave room for our main meals at Victor’s back across town. This is one place I have been location-wise however it has since changed hands and I has had a refurb.
The menu has so many different choices to suit your cravings. From comfort foods to pizza and salads. We tried the lasagna and I wanted more and more it was really good! Again we tried prawns and they were in a beautiful tomato sauce I didn’t really want to share!
The pizzas were so fresh and looked beautiful. Although I don’t eat pizza all of the girls seem to enjoy it. Another big hit was the meat-free meatballs. I didn’t try these either but again the girls loved them! My fave dish was the minute steak salad. Look how fresh it is!
There is a list of places to choose from however we headed to Paticake Patisserie on Thornhill Crescent. They make all of their cakes at home. They are absolutely fabulous cakes and take 3 days to make! Also, the interior is so welcoming and I just LOVE the groovy wallpaper. They are happy for people to come and sit for hours chatting or doing work. They have a relaxed atmosphere with a huge choice of drinks to keep you going. Staff are super friendly here and we had background music of abba to sing along to once the sugar hit!
I went for a white chocolate cheesecake and the white chocolate was perfect, sometimes I can’t always taste it in sweet things. There are lots to choose from for dietary requirements too from gluten-free to vegan. This rainbow cake looked amazing too!
Sunderland Restaurant Week: Support Local Businesses
Finally, all of the places on the list for Restaurant Week are local businesses. It is important to touch upon that because Sunderland is an area that local people come together to support independent businesses and they work extremely hard. If you visit just one place this restaurant week you are helping those businesses survive!