It takes a lot to drag us from our beloved city and across the water, However when we heard about The Funky Indian Tapas Restaurant in Sunderland, we simply couldn’t resist. Run by local entrepreneur and owner Kam Chera, their concept is simple yet brilliant. The restaurant offers diners a broad choice of small dishes to experiment with as well as providing a relaxing, winding down space to compliment the dining experience.
Funky Indian Tapas Is about celebrating food, culture, style and history of the Asian Subcontinent. If you’re thinking Tapas is only exclusive to Spanish cuisine then think again. The Tapas concept simply means ‘finger food’ designed to share and as an accompaniment with your favourite beverage. However if Tapas isn’t your thing then there is a good selection of A La Carte main courses on the Funky menu.
The venue is at basement level giving the place a more intimate feel which reinforces its charm. You’re greeted with a comfortable and spacious bar which leads into the dining area and then a cosy ‘chill out’ room where patrons can relax and simply enjoy the atmosphere. The dining area is spacious and comfortable with bold coloured walls festooned with Bollywood posters and its ceiling is decorated with flowing fabrics from corner to corner. The ambiance of the place is captivating, creating a feeling like you’re a guest at an Indian celebration.
The menu is as quirky as the venue and features each dish in a coloured circle which depicts meat, fish and vegetarian options. You can select any 3 dishes for £11.95, any 5 for £18.95 or any 7 for £24.95. My dining partner and I opted for the 5 dishes. The uber friendly, accommodating staff recommended we have three of our dishes, a bit of a breather, then the other two. In retrospect, this was a good call!
We initially opted for the chicken tikka, pork vindaloo arepas and the Bombay Frankie rolls with a cheese filling. The dishes arrived beautifully presented on slates and quaint dishes, each one sizable enough to share. Each offering was expertly cooked, fresh and delicious. The spice in each dish was subtle and complementary to the meat or vegetables; not overbearing like the spice laden dishes which so many Indian restaurants serve.
After only three dishes we were starting to feel full, therefore we welcomed the pause between servings. The last two offerings were the delicious Chandi Chowk samosa – a Punjabi vegetable samosa served with spiced chickpeas, Greek yoghurt & salsa and the beef burritos – miniature spiced pulled beef & coconut parcels with mozzarella. Again these were really tasty, imaginative creations that you simply wouldn’t get from a conventional Indian restaurant.
If you want a truly engaging experience that uses all five senses where customers can appreciate the diversity of authentic Indian cuisine at its absolute best; then I highly recommend the celebration of innovation, that is, The Funky Indian Tapas Restaurant.
11 Tavistock Place, Sunderland
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