A diner has customers queuing up for its latest dish of the day – goat curry.
Family-run Borneo Bistro in Sunderland’s Hylton Road specialises in international cuisine – including Thai, Filipino and Malaysian.
Owner Kevin Smith believes he is one of the few restaurants in the North East where people can sample Caribbean favourites goat curry, jerk chicken and Filipino dish goat kaldereta.
Kevin and wife Remy, who is from Borneo, were inspired after eating traditional food on a trip to Antigua at Christmas.
He managed to source goat meat through a reputable supplier and showcased the three new dishes to friends and regulars, after sending out a flurry of text and Facebook messages.
The first servings disappeared in 27 minutes and earned a place on the bistro’s menu.
Kevin said: “It has been tremendous. We are looking at our busiest day in four-and-a-half years of being open.
“I know we are always a busy place, but we can’t rest on our laurels.
“You have to keep re-inventing yourself all the time, so we are going to keep adding more dishes.”
He was delighted with the response from customers.
“Only about 10 per cent of people had been to the Caribbean and tried goat and they were very excited.
“But a lot of other people just said they had to try it. Sunderland people are so adventurous; they will try anything, all ages, from young to old, because it is the excitement of something new in Sunderland.”
Since June, Borneo Bistro has regularly held the top spot in Tyne and Wear on review site Tripadvisor.
Kevin says people travel from across the North East and beyond to sample the food, cooked by two Filipino chefs.
“We have people of all nationalities in here sitting and talking to each other. It’s brilliant.”