REVIEW: Angelo’s, West Sunniside, Sunderland

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The promise of happy hour bargain fare lured us to Sunniside mid-week.

I hadn’t visited Angelo’s for a few years and I’d forgotten what it has to offer diners.

But its tasteful interiors, friendly service and quality food soon reminded me what I’d been missing.

Italian restaurants often veer down the path of wine bottles-cum-candelabras and nick-nacks from the old country when it comes to decor, but Angelo’s has its own style.

In keeping with the converted townhouse architecture, the decor is classic with a trendy edge.

Think cast iron fireplaces with contemporary feature wallpaper on the chimney breast.

Despite this being a more sophisticated Italian than most, prices during happy hour are particularly purse-pleasing.

Visit from noon to 2pm, Monday to Saturday, or from 5.30pm to 6.45pm, Monday to Thursday , and you can pick up three courses for £12.95.

The menu doesn’t skimp on choices and there’s plenty to sate your appetite on this offer.

I chose goat’s cheese and caramelised onions served on toast to start.

Some of the red onions were raw, as opposed to caramelised, but the huge round of gooey goat’s cheese soon made up for this.

It was a large portion, one that hadn’t been slimmed down for happy hour, thankfully.

After taking a calorie hit with the cheese, I decided to go healthier with my main – a plain grilled sirloin steak with a grilled mushroom and tomato garnish.

With no rich sauce to hide behind, the steak really had to shine.

And it did. Delicate on the palate, yet still full of flavour, it more than satisfied my rumbling tum.

Katy Wheeler