Bhaji Shop transformed for new late night openingsPosted by: Ashley Birch
The Abbeydale Road deli will now host ‘intimate pop-ups’ in their new micro restaurant
Everyone’s favourite bhaji specialists have revamped the layout of their Abbeydale Road site and launch their new bistro evenings tonight (7 November) from 6pm.
The deli counter has been moved out of the front of the shop to make way for a micro-restaurant that can host up to 12 people in the evenings.
The deli will still be open during the daytime Wednesday to Saturday from 10am, and the counter is still accessible for customers to peruse all the beaut bhaji’s and salads on offer, but the site will then transition into an evening pop-up restaurant Thursday to Saturday from 6pm with a concise menu of three starters, three mains and a couple of desserts.
The Bhaji Shop on Abbeydale Road
Owner Matt Holdsworth said: “It’s basically going to be a really homely kitchen. Really intimate with lovely cooked food. I just really love cooking and making places for people to come and enjoy themselves.”
“The really nice thing about is it we’ll be setting the atmosphere with the music, getting the décor to match the food, putting our personality into the place. I’ve always, always loved making a venue feel like you’re going into a friend’s house.
“I think the service and the atmosphere is just as important as the food and it feels like when you’ve got good people around you, it’s time to start doing the evenings again and hosting someone’s night out.”
Matt formerly owned the Thali Café in Kelham Island, but closed that down to go back to daytime delis, giving him more time to spend with his young family. He now feels the time is right to move back into restaurant service. “We’re doing it because I miss the idea of a restaurant, basically” says Matt: “and I really like plating up the food. It kind of feels like plating up the food is the pinnacle of cooking, so I thought this would be a really nice opportunity to dip my toe in the water again.
“AJ, who I work with, said it would be really nice to get some tables in, and I don’t need to be asked twice to be like, ‘let’s do it’.
To begin with, the menu will focus on fish and veg but there will be nods to the shops former incarnation as a butchers. Matt explains: “Conrad, who used to own the butchers, is giving us a lesson on the smoker and the idea is we want to introduce a smoked fish curry and a smoked potato curry that I think sounds lovely.”
The new restaurant service begins tonight with two services at approximately 6pm and 8pm. Booking is advisable (given how small the venue is!) but walk-ins are welcome. It’s BYOB with corkage at £3 and capped at £6. For more details and bookings, head over to their Facebook page.