Food Review: Inox Dine

Level 5, Student’s Union Building, Durham Road, S10 2TG
0114 222 6043

The Place
Situated on top of Sheffield University’s Student Union, Inox Dine offers a blend of modern British cuisine and international flavours in its contemporary restaurant and events space. It’s a spacious venue – light and airy with large windows and sleek, polished surfaces. A silky curtain separates the dining area from the recently refurbished lounge spot, and with lights dimmed and seats overlooking the hustling and bustling of Western Bank outside, the atmosphere was pleasant and relaxed – despite James Blunt making his arrival on the speakers as we sat down. We’ll let them off this once, though.

The Food
We were brought focaccia bread and oils as we scanned the starters menu, eventually settling upon the lamb croquette for myself and the celeriac soup for my partner. The service was attentive and we weren’t waiting long until the first courses arrived. My lamb croquette, which was of surprisingly hefty stature, arrived accompanied by some crispy kale plus sides of soft lentils and chestnuts in a tomato dressing. The tender lamb and soft lentils juxtaposed well with the crunchy saltiness of the kale, and the dressing added a nice tang to a very tasty dish. The celeriac soup was smooth and warming, with tastes of pancetta and chive oil cutting through nicely.

For mains, I went down the traditional route with the shin of beef while my partner opted for the sea bass and artichoke. The beef was served with a healthy dollop or two of mash, a well-seasoned jus, mushroom, onions and greens. The mash was creamy as it should be and the slow-braised meat was tender and juicy – the perfect homely dish for the cold February night it was! My partner was equally impressed with the seabass, salt baked and served with a peppery artichoke purée, watercress and red wine jus – a winning combination of fresh, delicious flavours.

Finishing on a decidedly Yorkshire note, we shared the parkin for dessert. Smothered in sweet apple custard, the classic combination failed to disappoint.

The Verdict
With quality service, sleek settings and the high-standard of dishes on offer, Inox Dine is well worth seeking out for a brilliant value meal.

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