National Curry Week: where’s the best place to go for an Indian meal in Sunderland?

Where's the best place for a curry? Picture: PA Photo/JupiterImages Corporation.
Where's the best place for a curry? Picture: PA Photo/JupiterImages Corporation.
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National Curry Week is about to start - where will you be eating?

When you’re in the mood for something spicy, where’s your go-to restaurant in the Sunderland area?

National Curry Week will get underway tomorrow (Monday, October 12), with food lovers across the UK enjoying seven delicious days of korma, madras and maybe even a vindaloo.

It would be rude not to get involved.

But if you’re spoilt for choice and you don’t know where to turn - take a look at what members of the TripAdvisor community have to say.

These are their picks for the best Indian restaurants in Sunderland is your favourite on the list?

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The Funky Indian Tapas Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, Tavistock Place, Sunderland

Just making it into the city’s top 10, the Funky Indian has scored more than 80 excellent reviews from its visitors. Tucked away on Tavistock Place, the eatery delivers all of the traditional favourites and a taste of something new too. Cavanaghcouture said: “This is no ordinary Indian restaurant. Oh my, it was wonderful.”

Monsoon Kitchen, North Bridge Street, Sunderland

Just one place behind the Funky Indian, this restaurant on Bridge Street seems to be a favourite with the locals for both eating in and taking your curry home. Reviewer Himaloy H said: “It’s very nice environment inside, food was great and the staff were very helpful.

“If I visit Sunderland again, definitely I would love to come here again.”

Yuvraaj, Douro Terrace, Sunderland

If you fancy a tasty meal with attentive staff and in a comfortable setting, this is the place to go for your curry. TripAdvisor user Lyndbrooke said: “My wife and I must comment on the quality of the food served at this Indian restaurant by friendly, polite efficient staff.

“They continue to serve food at the highest quality. Again the sign of a good restaurant is that it was very busy. We’ll be back.”

Goa Exemplary Indian Cuisine, Queens Parade, Seaburn

Located in Seaburn, this restaurant provides generous portions and traditional cuisine. Pick a little bit of what you fancy for a great night out. Daniel S said: “The food was fantastic and the portion sizes generous.

“The waiters were attentive and the surroundings clean and tasteful. Will definitely be going again, hands down the best in Sunderland!”

Alishaancafe, Station Road, Sunderland

Reviewer Judith N spoke about this eatery last month and praised the service, staff and (most importantly) the meal. Her review said: “We’ve eaten here every time we’re over and have never had a bad meal.”

Spice Raja, High Street, Easington Lane, Houghton-le-Spring

A “little gem” hiddden away in Houghton-le-Spring, Spice Raja only has seven reviews so far. But they’re all excellent. The most recent read: “It has an exciting menu with amazing chefs’ specials.

“Our food was fabulous and excellent value. We could not understand why it was empty, especially on a Friday.

“The waiter said they had been busy with takeaway orders. Give it a try and eat in, if you are curry lovers you will not be disappointed.”

Motiraj, Church Lane, Sunderland

If you want to keep it simple with great food and great service, Motiraj is the place for you. Visit the restaurant on Church Lane, Sunderland.

Spice Empire, Church Lane, Sunderland

With one satisifed customer going as far to say that Spice Empire is the “best Indian ever” – it seems well worth a visit. 142Tracey said: “Excellent choices and definitely has the ‘edge’ over other local Indian restaurants in the area.

“Personalised service offering whatever and however you like your curry! Friendly service and reasonably priced.”

Saffron Indian take out, Fulwell Road, Sunderland

With high praise for its chicken tikka balti and its takeaway service, this is definitely the place to order your curry from. Snuggle up on the sofa at home and fill your boots with aromatic and exciting flavours.

Shagorika, Queens Parade, Sunderland

If you’re fancying a trip to Seaburn, Shagorika will fit the bill. TripAdvisor contributor Lauralovesgrub said the restaurant offers a “beautiful taste of Indian cuisine”.