I visited this café with my two friends last weekend for some lunch and was quite disappointed. My Latte was luke-warm to begin with, so not a great start. The eggs benedict I had ordered was very sub standard as well: firstly, it was served with bacon, rather than traditional ham. Not that I'm not a fan of bacon, but it was quite fatty. Secondly, the Panini it was served on was cold, so upset the balance of the dish. Thirdly and most annoyingly, one of my poached eggs was very undercooked. Now, I'm sorry, but it's not hard to cook a poached egg so clearly the chef in the kitchen needs some extra training. The Hollandaise sauce was ok, but didn't make up for the rest of the dish which was a bit of a disaster really!
I decided to go with a slice of cake for desert so chose a piece of the home-made toffee apple cake from downstairs. It arrived 10 minutes later on a plate, accompanied by a little jug of caramel sauce (nice touch) but I felt ripped off - it was TINY! probably about a couple of centimetres in width by an inch or two long - how the hell can they charge a few quid for that!? To top it off, my friend also found a hair in her lunch which the waitress had made a feeble attempt to pass off as a bit of fluff. Erm, no. It was a hair. You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to work that one out.
Before this place became Xenophilly, it was called 'Taste' and was run by local chef Marco Zerboni. Marco ran Taste as probably the best café in Sheffield, so to see it under such disappointing new ownership is a real shame.
If Xenophilly want to survive on Ecclesall Road, they need to sort out the right ingredients for their dishes, teach the chef how to prepare the food properly, give people value for money when slicing their cake portions, serve their drinks hotter and not make excuses when people find hairs in their food. The Waitresses were very polite and offered to take the cost of my friends lunch off the bill (for the hair), but she's too polite to make a fuss over it.
I rarely write reviews (this is my first time on trip advisor), but felt compelled to do so after such a bad experience at what used to be my favourite place to eat in Sheffield. Bring back Marco.
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