Breakfast, Brunch, Sheffield Cafe Reviews, Sheffield Cafes

Forge Bakehouse (Abbeydale Road)

DATE OF VISIT    Autumn 2015

COMMENTS

Finding ourselves across town, we called in to this corner position bakery / café.

It is a slightly odd arrangement in that there is no access between café and bakery, therefore you need to exit the café side and order in the bakery side, which is also the shop for take-away bread, cakes etc., all of which looked great!

Menus are on the tables – there is limited seating inside, for better weather there is plenty of covered outdoor seating as well. We ordered coffees, and Huevos Rancheros for him (baked eggs with chorizo and extra cheese on top) and baked eggs with slow cooked baked beans for her, also with extra cheese on top.

Coffees arrived after a short wait, piping hot, and with milk on the side. Food arrived very quickly after, and was very nicely presented on a metal tray, in a wide rimmed bowl. What a filler! Both dishes were full to the brim, and again piping hot, accompanied by the bakery’s own home-made bread. A proper brunch. Coffees were more than hot enough to last the whole meal.     

OTHER NOTES    Pay on ordering, the staff were polite and efficient.

VFM  8/10.

APPRECIATION OF CUSTOMER     7/10.

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Urban Deli (City Centre – Campo Lane)

DATE OF VISIT    Summer 2013

COMMENTS

We called in for Saturday breakfast, and found a seat straight away, not overly busy. This is a cavernous place, furnished in a modern almost industrial fashion.

Urban Deli also operates as a deli take away.

We ordered from the menus on the tables. Coffees came after a short while, and food followed not long after. A nice simple range of tasty fresh food, with good coffee to accompany.

Pleasant friendly service.

OTHER NOTES    A welcome cool venue on a hot Summer day, newspapers available to browse. Pay on leaving.

VFM  8/10

APPRECIATION OF CUSTOMER     7/10

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Des Amis (Heeley Retail Park)

DATE OF VISIT    Spring 2014

COMMENTS

Called in for brunch, found a table straight away, and ordered from the menus on the table.  Not overly busy, there are plenty of tables, and usefully an outside menu at the entrance.

The owner was on this visit a bit “lively” and strangely did question my order! Not your bog-standard fry-up menu, this has a Turkish flavour in line with the restaurant’s ethnicity, so sausages for example are not standard “English” type, and all the more tasty as a result!  Coffees were served straight away on order, freshly cooked food arrived after a short wait, and was of excellent quality, and plentiful. Sufficient vegetarian options available.

OTHER NOTES    Background music, order and pay at counter.

VFM  8/10

APPRECIATION OF CUSTOMER     5/10

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Rendezvous (Totley Baslow Road)

DATE OF VISIT    Autumn 2015

COMMENTS

We’d been here many years ago and were keen on this October Saturday to have another look. We found the café fairly busy, but got a seat by the window. Inside was nice and warm, which with the cooler day outside led to a set of misted up windows.  

Printed menus were on each table, and nice and clear instruction to order at the counter (a table visit was also available for the less mobile customer, a nice touch). Place and pay for orders at the counter therefore. We chose the full meat and vegetarian breakfasts, these generously come with tea / coffee and toast, at a very reasonable price.  

Everything arrived at the same time, which makes a refreshing change. The food was freshly cooked, tasty and plentiful, including some really tasty sweet-cured bacon, and a large cheese omelette in the veggie option. The food was also really well presented on the plate, with toast served in a separate basket with small butter dishes on the side.

All the staff were pleasant and efficient.  

OTHER NOTES    plenty of seating, some national newspapers available to browse, and also a selection of local produce for sale.

VFM  9/10.

APPRECIATION OF CUSTOMER     8/10.

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Hidden Gem (Ringinglow)

DATE OF VISIT    Autumn 2015

COMMENTS

On a misty Autumn Saturday we decided to head for Hidden Gem, which had received some good reviews recently in the local press, not least for its’ support for people with learning difficulties.  

Inside was toasty warm (unlike outside!), and we were lucky to find a free table as the place was busy. The café was also nicely decorated and some of the items were available to purchase.

We were offered printed menus, and our order was taken soon after (Full English for him, and an enticing Beetroot Gravlax for her, with coffee.

Coffees arrived promptly with choice of hot or cold milk, and were nice and hot and full flavoured. As mentioned the place was busy, and food arrived after probably 15 minutes or so, meaning coffees were about finished by this time. However it was a worthwhile wait, as the food was beautifully cooked and presented, obviously fresh to order. Nothing out of a packet here, everything was home-made, including some cracking baked beans, and prices reflect this fact.

We paid on leaving, and found all the staff to be pleasant and welcoming.  

OTHER NOTES    plenty of seating, including some outside, on reclaimed timber tables.

VFM  8/10.

APPRECIATION OF CUSTOMER     8/10.

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