|Average olives - small and oily|
The Kitchen touts itself as a restaurant that serves simple, classic food, served in a relaxed and informal style. First impressions do support that: the restaurant is small, friendly and vibrant and rather than the usual black on black combo, the staff sport green polo shirts (which are not too dissimilar from those the McDonalds supervisors used to wear).
The food, on the whole, is good. A special starter of dressed crab and game chips was tasty, but at £9 I’d expect it to be so. I plumped for the Kitchen smoked fish platter which was excellent and for £7 (conversely) a true bargain. It came complete with smoked salmon, prawns, trout, mackerel, and herring with some lovely little pickled sides.
|Crab and game chips|
There were a few hiccups along the way – mains 5 minutes (at most) after the starters were not too welcome, but the staff took it all on board. Indeed, simply because I’d raised issues with the pork, they offered complimentary deserts and coffee. The service was the true highlight: the staff were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and clearly passionate about the food.
While not perfect, the Kitchen certainly showed me that there is more to Sheffield than heavy industry, snooker, and comedy male strippers.