Last weekend, my boyfriend took me to a restaurant in Sheffield that he’s mentioned to me many times before. After hearing so many good things about Thyme Cafe I was pretty excited to finally visit and see what all the fuss was about and I was definitely not disappointed in the slightest.
Arriving just after 7pm on a Friday evening obviously meant this place was going to have a few people in and luckily we got there just in time to bag a decent table before it got really packed. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you instantly feel at ease and not rushed through your ordering or eating which is always a plus for any restaurant in my opinion. After ordering drinks, I went for a lovely glass of white wine which was perfect yet slightly on the expensive side, we turned to the huge chalkboards which adorn the wall to check out the current menu to pick what we were going to be eating.
The menu changes quite frequently which is due to the fresh produce they use so things vary depending on what is in season and what is stocked locally or not. We settled on the bread and dips, which was the perfect size starter to share taking away that little bit of appetite without overfacing you before your main has even arrived. The bread was lovely and fresh with a mix of brown and white bread, which was perfect as I prefer brown so there was something for us both. The bread came with a chilli oil which surprisingly wasn’t as hot or spicy as I thought it would be, just the right amount of heat and a delicious homemade houmous that was chunky and garlicy and just absolutely lovely.
After starters came our mains which we both throughly enjoyed as the cleared plates and happy smiles on our faces showed. My boyfriend opted for the ham hock hash with creamed leeks and peas, black pudding and crispy poached egg which I’m pretty sure was one of his favourite meals ever from how excited he was about it. He was happy with his food and so was I with mine, I went for the carrot and coriander falafel burger with spiced red onion & feta, served with fries and courgette tzatziki. It was absolutely beautiful, the patty itself was perfectly spiced, not dry and just wonderful to eat. The onions and feta really worked well with it adding sweetness and saltiness to the burger while the brioche bun held everything together in a perfect parcel. The fries were really nice, not the best ones I’ve ever eaten as they were a little greasy for me but lovely nontheless and the courgette tzatziki which I thought I’d hate, I actually really loved the fresh taste of it.
After all that we were too full for dessert even though the dessert menu was very tempting with some mouthwatering delights on offer but I’ll be sure to be back again some time soon for yet another meal and this time a dessert too. Not only was the food utterly wonderful and the restaurant itself just great from atmosphere and staff friendliness but also the food was very well priced with the starter being £3.50 for a genorous sharing portion and the mains being £10 for the burger and £14 for the ham hock.
Reasonable prices, fresh ingredients, wonderful flavours and a lovely place is a great recipe for success and a good night/meal to be had. There is no wonder that there is so many wonderful words being said about Thyme because it is definitely a place to visit for food in Sheffield.