People in South Tyneside will be given food for thought with the launch of an inaugural restaurant week later this year.
The council-backed event will encourage food-lovers to go out of their comfort zone and try new and exciting dishes between October 3 and 10.
Eateries across the borough are backing the initiative, which will also involve a host of discount customer offers.
And it’s hoped the week prove to be a tourism boost and attract visitors from across the region.
To help promote the forthcoming food-fest, Coun Alan Kerr, the deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, popped along to Indian restaurant Rahuni in Ocean Road, South Shields.
Owner Kowsar Choudhury is offering six unique new dishes to delight all palettes. Among the food on the menu will be samosas stuffed with sardines and spices, a traditional fish curry which is popular in Bangladesh, and a unique twist on the popular chicken korma.
Mr Choudhury said: “We hope that by offering something different, diners will have the opportunity to try more elements of Indian cuisine and to expand their tastebuds beyond what is usually available.”
Chicken korma-loving Coun Kerr was impressed.
He said: “My father was in the merchant navy during the war and he used to make these really strong curries. They were always much too much for me and I tend to go for milder dishes, but it’s always good to try something new.”
For more information and a full list of those taking part in South Tyneside Restaurant Week 2015, visit www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk,