A Foodie Adventure
As part of the recent Sheffield Food Festival, Exposed (along with a host of other foodie journo/blogger types) were invited on a Foodie Adventure courtesy of the Napoleons group.
The aim? To showcase three superb chefs in three of Sheffield’s most popular entertainment venues – and hopefully raise a bit of cash for charity whilst we were at it. Intrigued? Read on, dear reader…
First stop, Napoleon’s Casino Owlerton – and we’re warmly greeted with a drinks reception and some creative nibbles (deep friend black pudding/brie, chorizo and homemade chutney).
It’s a beautiful venue with an old school vibe and an intimate dining area overlooking the gaming floor. Once seated, there’s a choice of starters, so I opt for the classic prawn cocktail – whilst my glamorous dining assistant chose the delicately spiced Thai fish goujons with a sweet chilli dip. A delicious beginning to proceedings – made all the tastier by the roulette session that followed. With £10 of complimentary chips to hand, we waste no time in racking up a not-too-shabby £100 for Sheffield’s food banks which help city families in need. Time for the main event…
A hop, skip and a jump later and we’re at Owlerton Stadium’s Panorama Restaurant – and it’s packed. It’s no surprise. This place has garnered a cracking rep for quality food and a vibrant night out. Mains ordered, it’s time for a flutter on the dogs, with the friendly staff on hand to guide us through the process. With the money racking up (the tried and tested ‘silly dog name’ process of betting was serving us well) we tuck into mains of super tender shank of lamb (slowly braised with redcurrants, garlic, red wine and mint jus) and the striking paupiettes of pork – tasty towers stuffed with leeks, apricots, apple and scrummy scrumpy sauce. It’s inventive stuff – and we leave with full bellies, smiling faces plus £47.50 in the kitty. We’ll certainly be making another night of it here in the not too distant…
It’s a short taxi jaunt to Napoleons Casino Ecclesall Road to finish – where further complimentary drinks greet us as we settle down for dessert. For my partner, it’s the chocolate & orange pot with tuille biscuit & clotted cream (which was heavenly). For myself, the only way to end a feast – a selection of cheese (mature cheddar, Stilton & Brie) with crackers, fruit chutney, celery & grapes. Fun over? No siree – it’s to the bar for a cocktail masterclass.
What a night.
All three of these venues surpass themselves when it comes to both food and entertainment. Each one offers the complete package – but to experience them all in one evening is very special. Be sure to check out one or all at your earliest convenience. Head to www.napoleons-casinos.co.uk & www.owlertongreyhoundracingstadium.co.uk for more.