Sheffield is a city I definitely want to explore more. I've visited on a handful of occasions and there's a buzz about it that really attracts me. The problem I've had in recent years is that every time I think about going to Sheffield, I end up in Meadowhall shopping centre instead. I don't know how this happens but it just does. Anyway, last week my husband and I decided we were craving some Asian food, so we ventured into the city in the evening to try a Japanese restaurant called Sumo San.
I loved the décor of this place - it's very chic in an understated sort of way. The vibe was friendly and relaxed, with lots of people coming in and out all the time, some to grab a takeaway, others lingering over several courses for hours. It's the sort of place where you can go all dressed up or just drop in after a day of shopping and feel equally at home, which I love. We were a little early for our table, so we sat at the bar and ordered a cocktail each. We both chose the non-alcoholic Tokyo Sunrise, made from grenadine and a mixture of fruit juices. It tasted every bit as amazing as it looked.
After a little while, we were shown to our table, and it was time to get down to the serious business of choosing our food.
Important decisions must be fuelled by wine. Obviously.
The menu was extensive, so we enlisted the help of the staff to make recommendations for us, which they were very happy to do. They really could not have been kinder, and the friendly welcome they gave us definitely enhanced our dining experience.
We started with a huge selection of sushi to share between the two of us. This was wonderful and beautifully fresh, and we loved it both on its own and with the wasabi and soy sauce provided. My favourites were the salmon and the tuna - I know that's boring, but what can I say, they tasted amazing and you can't beat the classics! There's also something lovely about picking at lots of different little things from a shared dish. I have always loved this way of eating, and sushi, of course, lends itself perfectly to this.
After we'd worked our way through this lovely lot, we decided to choose a main dish each. I went for Beef Cha Han, an egg fried rice with shredded beef, green peppers, onions and carrots.
Mike chose Sumo San fried noodles, with scallops, prawns, salmon, squid tubes and tobiko (flying fish roe in case you didn't know - I didn't!)
Both these dishes were very tasty. The beef had a beautiful charcoal flavour and I would have liked more of it and perhaps a little less rice. (There was a LOT of rice!) While we did thoroughly enjoy everything we had to eat, the highlight for both of us was definitely the sushi. Another time, I think we might order just one rice or noodle dish between us, and experiment a little more with the different kinds of sushi, sashimi, grilled skewers, etc., as these seemed to be the real specialities on the menu. All in all I think it's fairly safe to say we will be going back!
I wore the dress and heels that I featured in my March Favourites post, with a black coat and bag from Zara. I prefer to get outfit pictures "in situ" where I can, but I didn't manage it this time, so I hope you'll forgive the spectacularly dull background. Welcome to my hall, everyone!
Who else is a fan of Japanese food? Bonus points to anyone who's dined at Sumo San!