Review: The Summer House
Exposed checks out new out of town restaurant, The Summer House.
Before even entering The Summer House we saw a staff member come out to gather some ingredients from their own miniature herb garden, so I knew already we were in for a treat. After being greeted warmly, we were taken to our table and given the chance to peruse over the delectably impressive menu.
Cocktails were definitely in order for this occasion; two huge glasses of elderflower frosts graced our table which were refreshing, crisp and dangerously drinkable.
I opted for the baked thermador crab pot as a starter which was served with salad and crusty bread to spread the pate-esque creation on; it was flakey and wonderfully potent. Whilst waiting for our next course to arrive, we admired the décor of the venue; which I would describe as botanical chic. The room was filled with luscious plants, exposed wooden beams and brassy tones. It’s minimalistic, elegant, tasteful and homely – all at the same time!
My crispy monkfish arrived along with my friend’s pan roasted wild seabass and both were immaculately presented – time to tuck in! The monkfish was cooked perfectly with a soft and sumptuous centre and the batter surrounding it was notably light and crispy. It was served with thick hand cut chips, seasonal salad, lemon crème fraiche and chilli jam, which was flavoursome and complemented the fish well. The seabass was also cooked very well, the vegetables were tender and it was perfectly seasoned.
The cake cabinet provided dessert inspiration and we were completely spoilt for choice. I was swayed by the lovely looking coconut cake, whose textures of desiccated coconut, coconut cream and jam worked stunningly. It was served with raspberries and just the right amount of fresh cream which soaked into the sponge – a real tropical treat. As a digestif, my friend went for a simple yet delicious espresso martini which wasn’t bitter or overly sweet and had a healthy amount of froth on top.
By the end of the meal, it was clear that what the menu may lack in quantity, they clearly make up for in quality. The Summer House is certainly worth a meander out of the city down to the south side of Abbeydale Road.
289 Abbeydale Rd S, Sheffield S17 3LB
Tel: 0114 236 1679 www.thesummerhousesheffield.com
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 8.30am-11.30pm, Sunday 9am-11pm