Looking around, I drank in the view that always gladdens my heart in a restaurant. One that I rarely, if ever, see in the UK. No, not plates of steaming food coming out to tables. Nor bottles and carafes and glasses of various liquids heading likewise. What I love is the sight of the people … Continue reading Portuguese Algarve From Top to Bottom Part 2: A Trip in the TARDIS to Visit Food from Out of this World
Just a note: An accident with my camera meant I lost all the photos I took of our meal at Peppercorn. Many thanks to Martin Dawes for stepping in and loaning me his. Amid all the doom and gloom surrounding the High Street, really good independent restaurants being forced to close and big restaurant chains … Continue reading Review: Peppercorn Restaurant Abbeydale Road, Sheffield
"Aaaay Yes! Of course I'll have a glass with you!!" No, not Lemmy on a normal end of night caper but Nelson, our waiter at Restaurante Dom Dinis, just outside Albufeira on the Portuguese Algarve. But more of him later. Why were we there? Well, what to do when you go to visit a brother … Continue reading Portuguese Algarve…From Top to Bottom. Review: Restaurante Dom Dinis
Now I like to think I'm upfront and straightforward in my views when it comes to food and drink, especially with regard to the "Artisan" or "Craft" food "Revolution". So when I got an invite to go for a pizza and a beer with a group of friends to celebrate one of their birthdays at … Continue reading Review: Craft and Dough – (Is it)Craft(y)? Maybe. (Will I need)Dough? Oh Yes!
My birthday! Lemmy buying me lunch! How much better can it get? Well, trying to find somewhere my friend and erstwhile critic Martin Dawes hasn't beaten me to makes it a slightly more tricky proposal. But the wife wanted to take me out to the country so we settled on The Angel at Holmesfield on … Continue reading Review: “Newsflash! Angel of the North now near Sheffield”
As the second, large macieira (Portuguese brandy) slipped effortlessly down, I really did think I was back in the Algarve on a balmy summer's night. And why not? After all, we were here at Na Pedra, Sheffield's very own Portuguese restaurant, in the trendy antiques quarter. With us, my brother who now spends most of … Continue reading Review: Na Pedra, Sheffield – Like a Night in Sao Raphael
"Are you regular?" our jovial waitress politely enquired of me. "Yes thanks" replied I. "It's all down to the prune juice you know!" Next thing I felt was the wince of pain as Lemmy grabbed the flesh of the inside of my thigh under the table and nipped...HARD. It's her subtle, loving way of telling … Continue reading Review: Magpie Cafe – The Basillica Beckons
And with that title, welcome to The Golden Taste Restaurant, just off the main run of eateries in Sheffield's London Road area. As I peered into the window of the little, unassuming Chinese restaurant, I was reminded of Pinhead, the quintessential character in Clive Barker's 80s horror movie "Hellraiser" and his quote (in a slightly … Continue reading Review: Golden Taste – We’re Afraid of Food with Chillis In…the Hunanese Are Afraid of Food WITHOUT Chilli In!
Recently I was faced with a dilemma. What would you do if the doyen of food reviewing in Sheffield asked if you'd like to accompany him on an Italian wine tasting with food thrown in, all for free? Only problem is, there's no room for the wife to come along. Do you............ Politely refuse and … Continue reading Review – Veeno: At Last! A Little Bit of Italy Comes to Sheffield
If there's anything certain in this life, besides the proverbial death and taxes, it's that the old saying "what goes around comes around" is invariably true. A few short months ago I was bemoaning the dearth of quality, traditional Asian eateries in Sheffield (Ruby, Ruby, Ruby & Apna Style Sheffield) when suddenly, before you can chuck some … Continue reading Review:Cafe Indus, London Road