REVIEW: NeoMed Mediterranean RestaurantPosted by: Ashley Birch
Find out what we made of Fox Valley’s new Mediterranean restaurant
When thinking of the city’s best restaurants, you’d be forgiven for not automatically thinking of North Sheffield’s Fox Valley, but with the arrival of a host of new restaurants, and more on the way, it’s fast becoming worth the journey out to the Sheffield suburb.
Chief among this wave of new foodie venues is Neomed, a Mediterranean restaurant bringing dishes from all coastlines of the Med to Stocksbridge locals.
Opening back in November, the restaurant has become incredibly popular in a short space of time, even surpassing co-owner and chef Alessandro Vergine’s expectations, so we thought we better go along and see what all this fuss is about.
The restaurant is tucked away on Fox Valley Way, on the right hand side as you make your way in to the retail park from the Manchester Road entrance, giving it a relaxed atmosphere, set back from the hustle and bustle of the shopping centre.
We’re greeted on the ground floor entrance by Alessandro, who introduces us to our server Claire. Claire is chatty and friendly and has plenty of knowledge and recommendations when it comes to the menu, and spending plenty of time with us without being overbearing.
Before that though, she takes us upstairs, giving us chance to have a nosey round at the restaurant’s contemporary interior. It’s definitely still got a homely and rustic vibe, but the modern details give it a suitably ‘posh’ feel if you’re after an evening out at a fancy restaurant.
But what about the food itself? Well, I’m vegan, so I was pleasantly surprised by the number of options on offer. The menu even has a vegan section, and I order the the dolmades for starter, followed by Lahmajoun, a type of pizza topped with Mediterranean vegetables, cashew nuts and parsley.
The menu is scattered with Arabic treats and exotic twists like this, as well as the expected pastas, pizzas and Greek and Cypriot classics. My dinner guest orders the GambasS Pil Pil and the Spaghetti Porto Cesareo.
My starter of Greek vine leaves stuffed with rice and herbs is fantastic, but the star of the show here is the Lahmajoun, and more specifically the zaatar dipping sauce that accompanies the dish and is bursting with flavour from oregano, cumin and sumac.
Equally, the prawn starter is met with plenty of satisfactory noises from across the table and the spaghetti, which Alessandro explains comes with a more traditional, drier sauce, is packed with little morsels of the sea. It’s wolfed down with gusto and I think she would have taken a doggy bag home if she could!
As it’s still only lunch time, we were left comfortable full from our trip around this Mediterranean feast, so we leave the dessert menu to one side on this occasion, but if you are feeling indulgent there’s a glass case full of cakes downstairs to suit anyone’s sweet tooth.
As we leave, with bellies full and taste buds rattled, we’re reminded we’re actually in Stocksbridge and haven’t been swept off to some far flung corner of the Med. Who needs sunshine, anyway?
Unit B5, Fox Valley Way,