Food Review: Bocelli 1831
The latest addition to the Milestone Group’s increasingly impressive collection of places to dine and drink in Sheffield, Bocelli 1831 – named after a Tuscan wine brand made by the family of famous opera singer Andrea Bocelli – certainly wins points for nailing that classy prosecco bar ambience. Soft lighting, exposed brickwork and quiet jazz greet us as we settle at our tucked away table in the corner. After being greeted politely by manager Filip, he filled up two glasses of Fior D’Aracancio – a rare sparkling wine with a slightly citrusy aftertaste. Instantly arriving into ‘relaxed mode’, we turned our attentions to the menu.
We were struggling what to pick from the varied offering, so in keeping with the small plates philosophy at Bocelli – perfect if you also want to explore and match flavours from the drinks list too – we decided on sharing six plates to get a better feel for the menu (and try a few more wines). Starting off, we had the beetroot cured salmon, pink grapefruit gel and compressed cucumber; the sweetness of grapefruit cutting nicely across the saltiness of the fish. A strong vegan/vegetarian was also presented with a tasty charred tomato and basil gel served on a sourdough crisp, making for two light, fresh dishes to whet the appetites.
But in honesty, as two big carnivores, we were more excited when the next two dishes arrived: panko lamb breast and crispy pig cheeks. The former was delightfully tender, served with saffron yoghurt, spinach, pomegranate seeds, and seasoned with sumac to add a bit of tang to the meatiness. The pig cheeks were indeed crispy, but with succulent pork packed inside, laid on a bed of wholegrain mustard and with a bit of tart pickled apple on top. Both were superb.
The savoury experience continued (not that we were complaining) with four large beef and chorizo meatballs smothered in thick tomato and basil sauce – comfort food at its finest. Joining it was pan-fried cod loin with cauliflower, crispy prosciutto, raisins and roasted cauliflower puree, a slightly lighter taste which was very welcome following a couple of very rich dishes.
Stuffed we were, but we managed to see of a sticky brownie covered with chocolate sauce and freeze dried raspberry powder. Faultless.
Far more than a prosecco bar, Bocelli is also worth a visit if you are looking for some casual fine-dining on Ecclesall Road. With the food, service and drinks list all so impressive, you might just end up staying the whole night.
359-361 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8PF
bocelli1831.co.uk // 0114 266 3311