Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Funky Indian Tapas, Sunderland...

Hello lovelies!

Today's post is all about a visit to one of Sunderland's newest establishments, The Funky Indian.  I visited the restaurant for the first time a few Sundays ago.  There was no special occasion to mark, simply a chance for a girlie get together with my lovely Mama L and some of our dear friends!

The Funky Indian is located in a 'blink and you'd miss it' sort of area of Sunderland in Tavistock Place.  Don't let its exterior put you off though, it really is a hidden gem.  Take a step inside and you are transported to another world; a little piece of India right in the heart of Sunderland.  I wasn't planning on blogging the night we visited so only had my phone for photography so apologies for the darkness of some of the photos!

Mama L and I were the first to arrive, and were shown to the little drinks/waiting area at the back of the restaurant.  Amazing decor and a real street art kind of feel made the evening seem different and special before we had even eaten.

Before long, the rest of our party had arrived so we spent time perusing the menu.  I have to admit I'm not a lover of Indian food usually, but I do love tapas so I was interested to see how everything would work and whether I would even like anything!  I love trying out new cuisine so was keen to give it go!

I started the night in the right way, with a glass of fizz...

 ...then we each chose two tapas dishes each from the menu and a few sides so we could try a little bit of everything.  I was keen to try the spicy patatas bravas with tomato, one of my favourite Mexican tapas dishes.  We went for dishes with prawn, dishes with chicken, cheesy naan bread with dip, chilli dishes (I can't remember the exact names of them all but believe me if you want it, they have it with an Indian twist!).  I was really surprised at the variety and complexity of the menu...and all at a reasonable price.

Sitting down to dine, our food was with us quickly and was absolutely delicious!  It was just like picking from a buffet we ordered so much!  It was the perfect food for nibbling on whilst having a good old girlie gossip!

Now after my glass of Prosecco I moved on to Diet Coke; I'm not much of a drinker to be honest but my lovely ladies would really recommend the wine!  I am however a cake connoisseur, so obviously I had to try something from the dessert menu, just for blogging purposes you understand!!  There wasn't a great deal on the menu that I really wanted to try; the dishes were unusual and mostly served with rose water, or lychees; stuff I'd normally avoid.  However, the chocolate fudge and orange cake sounded like a world beater so I opted for that, and boy was it good!  I'd revisit just for the cake to be honest, it melted in my mouth...unbelievable!

After finishing our food, our bill was presented to us in the most beautiful jewelled box.  I think all in all it cost us around £30 each, a great price for the amount we'd eaten (and for the amount of wine that had been consumed!).  We finished our drinks in the waiting area and although we were the last to leave, we weren't rushed and got the impression that we'd have been welcome to stay all night.

So to the verdict, would I recommend the Funky Indian?  Definitely.  It's a place for something unique and different, with prices that won't break the bank.  It's definitely an experience and if tapas isn't your thing there are other options on the menu that are more filling.  The only real downside was the lack of a cocktail menu, but I'm told that this is something that is currently in development so I'll definitely be back to sample that!

Thanks for a wonderful evening!



  1. Replies
    1. It was a party in my mouth ha! Thanks for stopping by! xx

  2. Oooh! I'm not normally a fan of Indian food but that cake looks yum :-D x

    1. It was so good! I'm not either but I'd really recommend this place to try, it was fab! Thanks for commenting lovely xx


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