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Spice Empire

Certificate of Excellence
Indian, Asian, Balti, Halal, Bangladeshi
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3 Church Lane, Sunderland SR1 3PT, England
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All good nice starter and main course friendly staff and they have a good meal deal on a week day recommended

Thank spike589715
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Went here on a Thursday night just on an off chance as our intended Indian restaurant was shut. Very good value and nice tasting 4 course special on offer. However, when the final bill arrived it was priced higher than expected due to the price they charge for Soft drinks. Due to this would visit other Indian restaurants where similar... More 

Thank NealyG
Durham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Called about 5pm , resturant was nearly empty , not a good sign but it was early. The waiter was very polite and friendly to 2 customers who couldn't decide what to order.We started with veggie bahgies , 2 each . They were very light and tasty. I'd ordered a veggie Palak , hadn't tried that curry before. It was... More 

1 Thank Lorraineallison
Rhyl, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

My husband and I Went early on a Thursday evening, we were the 1st in but within half an hour it was full, we picked from the special meal menu, .....starter, main, rice,ice cream and coffee, it was by far the best curry flavour was amazing and the chicken was plentiful and tender, the ice cream to finish off was... More 

1 Thank Julie G
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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341 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 530 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

Not realising the fabulous Billy Elliot lasted three hours! It was very late when we entered, expecting to be told they had stopped serving............ But! The welcome was warm and popadoms and pickles were swiftly produced while we perused the menu. The popadoms were good and the pickles were superb, the usual mint and mango sauces were accompanied by two... More 

Workington, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Called in here after the theatre. Had a lovely meal. Pleasant surroundings and friendly staff. Restaurant was busy, but didn't have too long to wait for our meal to be served.

Thank Vicky193
Rowlands Gill
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Second visit here, food tasty, lovely friendly atmosphere. Just walked in off the street and were seated straight away. Were asked if we were going to the theatre so that they could make sure our food came out quickly to give us plenty of time to get over there.Waiter was very knowledgeable and made good recommendations, peshwari naan was gorgeous,... More 

Thank ChriswRowlandsGill
Durham, United Kingdom
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181 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

We booked ahead for a 5pm Saturday table, and I'm glad we did. the restaurant was quiet when we arrived but full by the time we finished our two courses. Conveniently located between the Bridges Car Park and the Empire Theatre on a quaint alley, the restaurant is lovely, with friendly attentive staff, and beautifully presented food. We enjoyed everything... More 

Thank Philip H
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

Called in without a booking, no problem and even asked us if we were going to the theatre to make sure we got away in good time. We just had poppadoms and pickle to start, it was delicious and a nice change from the usual lime pickle. The mains were also gorgeous, very tasty and nice moist chicken. The peshwari... More 

2 Thank IrishlassLynn
Durham, England, United Kingdom
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194 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

Do not normally have indians, visiting the theatre we decided to try somewhere different as had always walked past and it looked nice. Food was excellent, loads of flavours. Enjoyed the choice of pickles that came with the poppadoms

Thank Laura D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Indian, Asian, Balti, Halal, Bangladeshi
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Church Lane, Sunderland SR1 3PT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Tyne and Wear  >  Sunderland
  • Phone Number: 0191-565-7750
used to be the old Amalfi

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?