Saturday, 17 April 2010

Noodle Inn

Last night I went to see Seth Lakeman at plug. I'd never heard of him but my friend asked me to go with him and he's into him so I tagged along, turned out to be really good actually and afterwards we went to noodle inn on London road for some supper.

I wasn't planning on blogging this place at all as I was pretty tired and didn't think it would be that good to be honest but it was very very good!
We got there at about 10 o clock and it was pretty full but they found us a table and we sat and ordered food.
They are famous for their noodles here as the name suggests with the names and descriptions of the different noodles on a sign on the wall, its decoration is very modern with a large fish tank and a wide screen tv showing a Chinese programme. the tiny kitchen door keeps swinging open as the waiting staff run back and forth and theres only 3 chefs in there with a few ducks hanging by the ceiling for company.

I don't want noodles tonight though so I opt for honey ribs and crab and sweet corn soup whilst my friend chooses schezuan beef, salt and pepper king prawns and some egg fried rice.

I pick up a rib and place it in my mouth. my guest does the same and our faces are both of extreme pleasure because these are simply delicious, a crispy outside with soft tasty pork inside all coated in a thick honey sauce.

The prawns are also tasty and very fresh with a light crispy coating and a generous helping of chillis sprinkled on top.

The beef is ok, very tomato-ey with not much depth.
My soup is bland until I add some soy sauce then its delicious with little chunks of prawn and crab and sweetcorn.

We finish out food and I go to wash my hands in the toilet and am totally stunned! This is the coolest toilet I have ever seen! Its huge, theres mirrors on two walls that are as big as the wall. The paint is black and theres a led flashing light of hello kitty on the ceiling, a wide screen tv on the other wall and then a Chinese toilet like the one in that episode of the simpsons with all the little buttons etc.

I sit down and try the buttons, they don't work and I'm slightly disappointed but still amazed by this super cool lavatory.
I go back and join my friend.
Theres a scoop of free ice cream waiting for me which makes me even happier and we ask for the bill.
It comes to £20.60!!!!

This amazes me, very cheap and I leave very happy.
Best Chinese food in Sheffield, great end to a great night for me! Oh and I didn't take any photos of the food but here are some of the amazing bathroom! - Sorry for poor quality, taken using my phone.

The ceiling

the toilet buttons

distressed looking lady on the tv


Free ice cream!


More photos!

the view from the outside

Lovely honey ribs!

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Heeley City Farm Cafe

To celebrate this wonderful weather we've been having in Sheffield recently I decided to go to heeley city farm with my mum, sister and best friend.

It was lovely and sunny and we saw many different animals including a peacock, goats, chickens and pigs.

After all this stroking goats and staring at the sleeping pigs waiting for them to do something other than be asleep we decide its time for lunch and stroll on into their newish cafe on site.

Theres a variety of extremely reasonably priced foods, all vegetarian and vegan such as sandwiches, flans, potatoes, soup, salads etc.
I order a baked potato with cheese and three salads, an organic cola and an innocent smoothie for my sister. It comes to an astonishing £4.25.

My friend orders an onion tart with salad. It arrives and its delicious, the salads are very fresh tasting, the rocket being grown on farm and the beetroot with sunflower seeds particularly delicious and the cous cous is not too clumpy or dry, perfectly cooked.

My sister eyes up my potato and decides to spend her pocket money and order one with beans. It's only £1.50 and is a decent sized spud with lots of nice looking beans and a salad garnish, great value for money and she says its very yummy.

For afters I order a piece of apple cake which is absolutely gorgeous, so moist and tender with cinnamon, which I usually detest but in this case I found to be very tasty and complimented the apple beautifully.

This place is very cheap and does tasty food.
They also sell herbs and fresh eggs from the chickens, so if you are ever in the area between 9:15 and 4 (the opening hours) be sure to pop by!
They also sell herbs and fresh eggs from the chickens

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

The Blue Moon Cafe

Ah the blue moon cafe, it was my favourite place to eat a few years ago when I was a vegan/vegetarian.
I remember it as being very good so decided to give it another visit.

Its a beautiful building with loads of light shining through. Theres art on the walls and about 1 million little flyers and postcards on the noticeboard varying from 'have you seen my cat?' to advertisements for yoga classes and also one asking anyone if they know who killed their mother which I find kind of strange but fascinating to read through some of them.

It smells quite a bit of patchouli but I suspect thats from the vast majority of the diners being hippies. I walk in a bit more and smell delicious food. I'm getting hungry!

I look at the menu and it has dishes such as pea soup (gluten free and vegan), aubergine and chickpea bake (vegan) cauliflower, cheese and brown rice bake, hommity pie, a couple of quiches and something with sweet potato.

It all looks and smells delicious. I choose the cauliflower dish and ask for some salads to accompany it aswell as a hot chocolate and a orangey chocolatey slice thing.

It tastes good! It is seasoned well although quite heavy on the cumin but luckily for me I love cumin! The salads -cous cous, rice and peas, lettuce and tomato- are all good, the rice and cous cous also being heavy on the cumin but it doesn't distract too much from any of the other flavours.
Its a good meal. I feel full but not bloated.

I sip some of the hot chocolate and taste some of the chocolate slice. Its very very sweet. I think because its vegan they have compensated for the lack of tasty dairyness by adding bucketloads of sugar. I can't manage it all but I'm sure someone with a sweet tooth would love it.

Altogether my bill comes to just under £10 which isn't too bad, I'll go again but there are other places in town that would definately give blue moon a run for its money.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Jabulani review

I met up with my dance group in Jabulani, a new restaurant on London road.
Its African and apparently had been given a good review by the star so I was looking forward to it.
The decor was nice with a beautiful spiral staircase and a few colourful paintings.
Theres no music as the speakers are broken unfortunately.
I have a look at the menu. Theres a variety of dishes including grilled gizzards, cous cous, fufu, marinated cow insides, steamed bean cake and 'designer soup'.
We are the only customers in and theres 9 of us, its a Wednesday night.

The waitress is friendly and answers our questions about the food such as 'what is cassava?' and the chef even brings out one to show us (Its like a yam).
A few dishes on the menu are not available and some of them she even tells us not to order as they are not nice!

After much consideration I opt for fried rice with goat and plantain. We order our food at about 8 o clock and sit chatting for a while.
After about half an hour I'm getting really hungry having not eaten since lunch time, an hour passes and I'm contemplating eating my napkin.
Theres banging and lots of noises coming from the kitchen and the waitress goes in to help the chef out, I'm not sure why they didn't hire another chef as they knew we were coming as we'd booked it.
Finally our food just after 10 o clock!
Everybodys comes at different times, mine comes at about 10:30 and others are waiting even longer, some of the food doesn't arrive at all.

Theres a bowl of ogbono which is blended wild mango kennel seeds with a variety of vegetables for people to try as the person ordered it doesn't like it and I try some and it is very disgusting, slimy and brown with a strong taste of washing up liquid.
The plantain is nice as is the fried rice although it is very greasy. I have five chunks of goat in a oily sauce and I put one of them in my mouth, its very tough, it takes about a minute of chewing til I can swallow it and after all that my mouth aches. Another piece is just gristle and I have to spit it out, pretty embarrassing.
I give up on the rest of the goat and contemplate never eating meat ever again.

I try someones fufu which is cassava dough, its like smash but has the texture of wallpaper paste, it tastes of nothing and feels like glue in my mouth. The steamed bean cake turns out to be surprisingly nice tasting but I just can't eat any more because I'm no longer hungry.

The chef asks if everything is ok and gets mixed replies. He also strangely decides to offer football tickets to us which he had won in some church raffle.
We pay separately and mine was £12.99, I give the waitress £15 and tell her to keep the change. I don't see this place lasting very long at all but at least it was an interesting experience however I will not be eating there again.