This compact restaurant, situated next to Dore & Totley railway station in a smart suburb of Sheffield, is one of the better places to eat around this city if you enjoy quality fare.
It is juxtaposed next to an upmarket cycle shop and you could be forgiven you were entering the cycle shop on arrival. Once inside the first thing that will strike you will be the wonderful aroma of a variety of dishes and the rather compact setting. There is a small bar area where folks do not seem to linger, which is probably just as well as space is at a premium, then there is the restaurant itself, which is also quite small with some of the tables being quite close together.
Since our previous visit, which was some time ago now, they appear to have made significant improvements to the decor and especially the lighting, which previously was flat and gave the place the feel of a working men's club. Not so any longer, in fact it is actually very pleasant and they have made the most of the space available.
The food was really very good, from starters right through to desserts/cheeseboard. A small group of us had duck, beef, lamb, seafood and everyone was delighted with the quality of the food and the cooking. I personally had a fillet steak which came exactly as ordered, along with roasted veg and a very tasty peppercorn sauce.
The wine list is also very reasonable - I'd recommend the Malbec for under £20 which was superb value for money - easily as good as some wines that I've had for double that price.
The only thing that let it down was attention to detail, specifically in terms of service. For a start, the table wasn't properly set. We were missing glasses and cutlery. When we asked for another glass, another fork, etc., we learned immediately why they have this problem. The waitress just takes them off the table next-door - and then when the guests for that table arrive they also have the same problem! They served the vegetables, but didn't bring any serving spoons, they served a cheeseboard, but didn't bring any cutlery to cut the cheese or any plates to serve it on. We just sat looking at a slate with several nice cheeses on there, wondering how we were supposed to get started on it? Thinking they'd pop back. But no, it never occurred to them. When we called a waitress over and asked if we could have some plates and a cheese knife she was very pleasant and co-operative, but really, shouldn't it have occurred to them that this was required? I mean, the odd omission is understandable, but this was a constant theme throughout the evening. Maybe they could just train the young waitresses to ask a simple question - "have you got everything you need?" before leaving the table?
We also had a bit of fun with the cocktails before the meal. We ordered some off the specials menu and the barman came and told us they had no such thing - "never heard of it" he said. It was embarrassing to have to ask him for the menu and point it out to him. There were only about half a dozen of these special cocktails on the list, so it shouldn't have been beyond memory. The cocktails were also rather weak in terms of alcohol.
However - putting these rather quirky things aside, I would strongly recommend this place for a good meal if you find yourselves in this city, where restaurants of this standard are few and far between.
It was thoroughly enjoyable and we will definitely be back again soon.
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