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Best of both at West 10

Posted by: Chiara Bruno
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Combining a lively bar and a cosy bistro, West 10 offers the something for everyone, writes Chiara Bruno

Set in the chic suburb of Ranmoor, West 10 provides the optimal setting for an excellent evening out, combining an elegant restaurant and bistro upstairs, with a lively wine bar downstairs. My companion and I opted to sit upstairs in the restaurant for our meal, yet both spaces are available to dine in.

 

We started our night with a refreshing glass of chardonnay (£6.50) and a little something to whet our appetite before ordering our meals: a serving of olives, crusty bread (still hot from the oven) and a generous helping of balsamic vinegar and oil dip. We deviated slightly from the menu’s enticing “While you Wait” option, which included all of the above along with a portion of camembert for £10, giving us time to peruse the menu and choose our starters and mains.

 

Now, I’m always one for trying something a little bit different, so when I spotted the pan-seared wood pigeon starter (£8), I knew I just had to have it. The slow cooked pigeon was beautifully tender and was served with a burnt onion purée, complementing the naturally deep and rich flavour of the meat. The blackberries added an extra layer of texture, mixing sweet with sour; an innovative combination.

 

My companion opted for the more traditional ham hock terrine (£7.50), complete with slices of crunchy sourdough, homemade piccalilli, which packed a real punch, and two quail scotch eggs. With beautifully oozy yolks and crispy outer shells, I have to say that these were the best scotch eggs I’ve ever had.

 

After my game starter, I fancied fish for my main and was torn between the classic beer battered fish and chips (£12), and what I eventually chose (after long deliberation!), the pan-roasted hake (£16). The fresh hake was cooked to perfection and served on a bed of crushed, herby potatoes, chorizo, heaps of green beans and a beautiful salsa verde, creating a delicate fusion of flavours.

 

My companion also opted for a fish main by ordering an enormous bowl of mussels (£12). They were cooked in a creamy chorizo, leek and cider sauce, creating a unique taste sensation. The huge pot of crispy fries were an excellent accompaniment.

 

Finally, after we felt we could eat no more, the desserts arrived: a deliciously sweet frangipane and pistachio tart with strawberries (£7) and a panna cotta topped with a fruity citrus gel and berries (£7). Made with Greek yoghurt as opposed to cream, the panna cotta was fresh and light, giving it a welcome twist to the traditional Italian sweet.

 

After our evening of wonderful food, we meandered back downstairs to the bar area, which was still very much full of life. And it was clear to see why; West 10 has an extensive wine and bottled beer list, as well as their contemporary menu offering a range of both modern and classic meals using locally sourced fresh ingredients. I know I’ll definitely be returning, and maybe next time I’ll treat myself to an extra glass of wine.

 

West 10

376 Fulwood Road, Sheffield, S10 3GD

Tel: 0114 230 9190

west10winebar.com

 

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