Social Sheffield Food Editor, Simon Garlick picks his Top 3 “Eat Social” Recommendations for those eating out in Sheffield, Mon. 5 – Sun. 11 Oct. 2015
1. – The Set Menu @ Oisoi (St. Paul’s Place)
The newly opened Oisoi in St Paul’s Place offers Eastern Cuisine with an emphasis on freshness and authentic quality above all else. All the food is made fresh. In fact much of it is sourced direct from their in-house delicatessen/food market. Chances are you’ve never eaten anything quite like this.
The set menu is five courses for a very reasonable £11.99. It includes a vegetable course, with a choice of stir fried pak choi, Korean kimchi or Asian mixed salad; a soup option (check for the daily choice); and main courses including sweet and sour king prawns (some of the best I’ve ever tried!), beef fried with fine beans, Japanese katsu salmon, kung po chicken and braised juicy tofu amongst others. The mains are accompanied by the fourth course: a choice of Thai or egg rice or noodles. The meal is finished with a bowl of fresh fruits.
As far as decor, Oisoi boasts the latest in contemporary modern dining, with a glass fronted kitchen so you can see the chefs preparing your food. There are also expert staff on hand to guide you through the different options and flavour sensations. The only question I had, “when can we come again?!”
2. – Burritos @ Street Food Chef (Arundel Street)
If you’re looking for a burrito in Sheffield, I’d heartily recommend Street Food Chef, housed unassumingly in a small period red brick towards the bottom end of Arundel Street.
Tightly wrapped in foil, and packed with rice, black beans, salsa and sour cream, Street Food Chef‘s burritos are packed with flavour and include tender, slow cooked pulled pork, chicken in smokey tomato sauce, beef brisket, chicken mole and a vegetarian option of bean chilli with peppers and onions.
A small burrito is £4.50 or if you’ve got a bigger appetite a large is £7.50, with additional toppings such as bacon or cheese at 50p each. Whether you eat in or take away, Street Food Chef is a good bet for quality fast food and friendly service.
3. – Bagels (or toasted sandwiches) @ Steamyard
Steamyard is tucked away at the back of Aberdeen Court, away from the busy pavements of Division Street. It’s already got a well-deserved reputation for the quality of its coffee, not to mention the surroundings: great art and great music. However it is the bagels and toasted sandwiches that earn my recommendation.
The bagels include a choice of pastrami, cheese, saltbeef, gherkin and mustard or applewood smoked cheddar and honey or my personal favourite – rocket, mayo and mustard, cream cheese and gherkin are all lightly toasted. If you’re in the mood for melted cheese, the Cuban Toastie, with gammon, Swiss cheese, gherkins and mustard is a real treat. The toasties change daily, so check the counter for the day’s choice.
They’re all pretty reasonably priced too, with bagels ranging from £2.50 – £3.90 with cheese toasties also £3.90. And sitting just off Division Street, Steamyard is a great afternoon stop-off.
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