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Backwaters - CLOSED

4-7 St. Thomas Street, Sunderland SR1 1NW, England
+44 191 565 1100
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible6%
10 Jul 2014
22 Jun 2012
“A Hidden Gem”
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Indian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
4-7 St. Thomas Street, Sunderland SR1 1NW, England
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1 - 10 of 75 reviews

Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

Not the cheapest place!but you can tell by the flavours !the chefs k ow what they are doing! Imaculatley clean . Food presentaion excellent ! Warm and welcoming !

1  Thank Angela M
Reviewed 22 June 2012

Tucked away on a side street you'd probably miss this basement restaurant but you should make the effort to find it. It's most definitely a Keralan restaurant and not at all 'Indian'. The food is fresh and light and none of those gloopy sauces with...More

4  Thank Barry S
Reviewed 21 June 2012

As good as Kerala Cuisine can get. Fresh ingredients, great service and good food. Comparable to the real deal in India

3  Thank vindoc2000
Reviewed 19 June 2012

the southern indian food was nice but different to nnormal indian resteraunts. The cost is quite high although you can get high discounts from websites such as groupon

3  Thank ell e
Reviewed 10 June 2012

We read the reviews posted earlier and decided to take a chance. The food is realy realy good BUT not curry house fare. It is as authentic South Indian as you will get in the area . We have been to 'Rasa' in Newcastle several...More

2  Thank Sadold2
Reviewed 22 May 2012

One of the best restaurants in Sunderland. We initially tried this hidden gem on a Groupon voucher and were amazed by how delicious it was. The food is to die for and the staff are lovely, they even explained our starters to us and the...More

1  Thank Chelsea W
Reviewed 6 May 2012

We visited Backwaters on a quiet Tuesday evening when there were another three tables occupied. The restaurant is basement level accessed down stairs from an uninspiring entrance. Whilst the waiting area and bar area were bright and welcoming, a quick glance around the table areas...More

2  Thank Ermintrude73
Reviewed 1 May 2012

We visited this restaurant with another couple, and I must say we had a wonderful time there. Being a South Indian and having tried other South Indian restaurants in and around Newcastle, Backwaters is authentic and did remind us of ‘home’. Anyone wishing to try...More

4  Thank VSAT1
Reviewed 29 April 2012

We had a Groupon voucher and booked on -line as per instructions. No problems at all. We originally booked for 6pm as we had tickets for a show at the Empire Theatre, however this was cancelled. Only downside to the evening was that the service...More

3  Thank Carol&Gerard
Reviewed 28 April 2012 via mobile

We've been here a couple of times and would recommend to to anyone wanting to try something wanting to try something a little different. The staff were friendly and recommended dishes to us, if your not a fan of spicy food though I would ask...More

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$24 - US$40
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4-7 St. Thomas Street, Sunderland SR1 1NW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Tyne and Wear  >  Sunderland
  • Phone Number: +44 191 565 1100
  • E-mail
A dining experience can be cherished most if the ambience is realistic, service is impeccable and above all the ingredients used in food are fresh and handpicked.Our cuisine is based on the regions of South India and particular focus given to Kerala. The region Kerala is located at the southern tip of India and through the centuries past, many have travelled to Kerala for the richness in spices produced over here.Kerala is identified as one of the 50 must see destinations of the world by the national geographical traveller and we the people from backwaters are here to celebrate this honour with our aromatic authentic signature cuisine.Our unique style in presentation of food is well appreciated by most of our diners and many praises to the pictures displayed in our walls taken by a well-known ecologist makes this experience of dining in Backwaters truly special. The restaurant offers a wide range of starters like fish croquettes and Tiger prawns marinated in southern Indian spices and pan fried; served with coconut sauce and spicy kokum (kokum is native fruit to the western coastal regions of southern India).Our main course includes 3 kinds of platters (seafood, meat and vegetable) and apart from these one of our chicken based dishes called ‘kozhi varutharachy curry ‘is a mouth-watering hot and spicy chicken prepared with roasted coconut and grinded with handpicked spices which make it a distinctly flavoured dish and is served with steamed basmati rice.The perfect way to end a memorable evening at the Restaurant is chef’s recommendation of dessert called Backwaters halwa which consists of two kinds of pudding made of semolina and alphonso mango, served with a scoop of ice cream.
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