Last week, the wife and I went to check out what’s new at Thyme Café. Though it didn’t seem all that long ago since we last ate there, it turns out it’s actually been 2.5 years! Time sure does fly (or should that be thyme? Sorry.) Thyme Café has been a staple of neighbourhood casual dining in Sheffield for 15 years now, having been founded in 2003 in the same location.
It was a cold and drizzly night so we were glad to get parked nearby and go get cosy in Thyme Café. It was busy and lively, which was pleasing to see midweek. We perused the menus, which are written up on huge chalkboards on the walls, and made some decisions.
I’d chosen the pan-fried salmon fillet (£18) with sautéed new potatoes, olives, cherry tomatoes, green beans and salsa verde. It was beautiful: a huge portion of both fish and veg, with the salmon perfectly-cooked and the flavour of the salsa verde spot on:
I was really impressed with this and how super-fresh everything was.
Sam had the tiger prawn and squid spaghetti (£14), which was a complete flavour party thanks to the chilli oil, lemon, garlic, coriander and parmesan:
This was another very generous portion of really fresh ingredients. And there were plenty of prawns and squid in there, which I was pleased with as it meant I got to try a good amount of both! The dish was packed with flavour and, again, needed no seasoning.
We also shared a side of green veg to make sure we were having plenty of vegetables, which is a requirement of our current eating plan/just really sensible anyways:
The veg were crunchy in the right places and really fresh, not surprising as they only come from a supplier in Eckington; in fact, loads of Thyme Café’s produce is local to Sheffield or Derbyshire – including their meat, veg, beers and their Sheffield-roasted coffee beans from Smith St coffee roasters.
For pudding, we both ordered the dark chocolate chip cookies (£2.50) and I indulged by adding a scoop of ice cream to mine:
And- great news!- Thyme Café now take bookings. When I last reviewed Thyme, things were a little different: they still had a no-booking policy in place, which always seems to split opinion among people I know (and business owners). They now take bookings on a limited basis, so that there is still scope for walk-ins to get a table. Worth knowing though if you are dead set on eating at Thyme on a particular day/time. There were still a number of walk-ins while we were there and they all just about managed to get a table – reservations or not, Thyme remains hugely popular.
With amazing food and service, plus great offers like kids eat free or their Just in Thyme menu, it’s no surprise. The latter is a daily-changing menu where you can get 1 course for £11, 2 for £14 or 3 courses for £17, including a drink; crazy good value, I know! Just in Thyme is available 11am-3pm and 5pm-9:30pm Monday-Friday. Kids under the age of 8 can eat for free at Thyme Café Monday-Friday from 12-3pm and 5-7pm; there’s one free kids meal per adult main ordered.
We will definitely be heading back soon. Like, actually soon, not 2.5 years soon. I’m looking forward to checking out their garden dining area, too- once the weather finally warms up!
Many thanks to Thyme Café for having us along as their guests. Though they invited us along for a meal, the views expressed in this post are all my own.