It’s been a little while since I reviewed Graze Inn. The Eccy Road restaurant, part of the Brewkitchen family, has been open since 2012. As well as their best-selling rotisserie chicken, Graze Inn offers a wide range of choice, including steaks, burgers, pizzas, salads and some impressive-sounding grazing boards with loads of treats to nibble on. I’d peeked at the menu before we went and I knew it was going to be difficult to choose!
We took a taxi over to Eccy Road from our S8 abode. When we got to Graze Inn, we were greeted with a smile and shown to our table. It was pretty busy, being a Friday night, with a real mix of clientele: couples, families, groups of girlfriends, the post-work crowd… this universal appeal is one of the things I really like about Graze Inn and always makes for a great atmosphere. And that’s just the restaurant side! There’s also a thriving bar, Cowshed, which makes up the other half of the venue.
My favourite aperitif (/my favourite drink for almost any time!) is a G&T; Graze Inn have such a great selection of gins! I settled in with a William Chase Seville orange gin, while my wife also followed the fruity theme with a rhubarb gin. We enjoyed these with a little pot of complimentary spiced popcorn while we perused the food menu:
We’d decided to share mains- a great way to sample more of the menu without over-ordering. We plumped for the Baja fish tacos, which were available as a starter or a main, and the tandoori chicken and chorizo kebab.
The fish tacos were wonderful, with some nice, strong flavours that packed a punch, and in a very decent portion size:
The menu promised crunch and texture, both of which the tacos delivered on. We both really liked having salmon served in this way, too.
I was a bit sad to give the tacos up once I’d eaten my half, even though the kebab that was waiting for me looked great! It had elicited many “yummy” noises from my wife, so I knew I was onto a winner. I was glad she’d gone first, as it meant I didn’t have the faff of trying to dismantle the “hanging” kebab thing; I know this is a really popular way of serving kebabs, but it really stresses out a klutz like me. That aside, it tasted amazing:
There was plenty of chicken and chorizo here, it was huge; maybe this is a benefit of the hanging thing- restaurants have to make sure the kebab looks nice and full? The flatbread with it was perfect and the fries were great, too. Everything had loads of flavour and the dish just hung together really nicely (sorry, couldn’t resist).
We had studied the menu ahead of our visit – tell me I’m not the only one who does this?- and had already discussed that, if we had space, we’d share a chocolate fondue for dessert. It was perfect!
We had ours with chargrilled pineapple, strawberries and hazelnut biscotti:
I was amazed to not drop loads of the melted chocolate down my front. This was a dreamy dessert and a perfect end to a meal for two. It felt like a really decadent treat.
And then it was back out into the night. We caught a cab into town for a nightcap (at Public, now my favourite late-night cocktail joint in Sheffield) and then rolled home, still content and full from our dinner.
Not long after our visit, Graze Inn launched a great sounding new menu – which means we’ll simply have to go back soon!
Thanks to Graze Inn for having us along as their guests; while our meal was complimentary, all views in this blog post are my own.