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“Excellent even with a Groupon deal”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Spice Empire

Spice Empire
Ranked #44 of 420 Restaurants in Sunderland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: used to be the old Amalfi
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent even with a Groupon deal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

For years we have used an Indian Restaurant in Ocean Road but after seeing a Groupon deal for Spice Empire we thought we would give it a go. We were slightly apprehensive as we had used a voucher at another restaurant a few weeks ago and were treated second class for having a voucher as well as ripped off!!!!
At Spice Empire this was not the case the staff were very friendly giving my husband great advice on his curry selection (he likes it very hot), the food was excellent as was the portion sizes and because of this we will be returning with our daughter as well as using their take-away service.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank cnr08
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Sunderland
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Lovely food in an empty restaurant.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Went there last Wednesday with a living social voucher.
Booked a table for 7pm and found that there were only two other diners in the restaurant at that time. They soon left, leaving us as the sole occupants! Needless to say it was quiet and the ambience a bit lacking.
However, this didn't detract from the quality of the food which was excellent. Service was good, as would be expected considering that we were the only customers there.
Look forward to going again but hope that it might be a bit busier next time!
Give it a try, it's well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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1 Thank KevEastBoldon
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Best curry ever!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

We had a table booked for 7pm. Had. Vouched off living social... Had starters which were very tasty. For the main i had chicken bhuna with special fried rice. So tasty n has to be the best curry i have tasted had keema nann n was lovely. Service was good. Definatly recommend here. Well done spice empire will definatley be back :)

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank nina1roo
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Living social dissapointment.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

We regularly book living social and dealmonster deals and travel about Durham houghton Washington etc yet this seems to be only place that seems to rip us off money wise which is a shame cos foods actually quite nice

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank ffbewick
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sunderlland
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“very slow service but the food was good”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

We booked a table here last Thursday at 6.30, by 7.30 our main course had only just arrived and we had tickets to the empire at 8. Despite ordering from the special Thursday menu we were unable to have either the coffee or ice cream as we had to rush off, but were stull expected to pay full price. Other people who had booked at 6.30 had not even had starters by 7.30 and many started to leave and had not yet eaten anything. We had to constantly ask staff when our food/drinks would be served as we had to be at the empire. I would expect a restaurant so close to the empire would be used to this and would make sure meals are served quickly however everything, even ordering a drink, took an age. Despite this the food was all very nice and I would perhaps visit again if I had no where else to go that night!!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank holiday1005
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