Discover the cosmopolitan restaurants of Sunderland city centre. Once an important centre for the docks industry, Sunderland has undergone substantial redevelopment and reinvention as a centre for car production in recent years. Sunderland city centre restaurants certainly reflect the changes and modernisation, with a wealth of international dining options in the central area. Alongside familiar national and international chains, there are several Italian restaurants, pan-Asian cafes, Chinese buffet places and Indian tapas spots. Mediterranean cafes offer lunches and evening meals, with family-friendly menus while there are also small bistros offering the chef's menu of the day and set-price evening meals.