5 reasons to visit Kelham Island’s Graffiti Bar & Kitchen
Ideally situated overlooking the river in the heart of Kelham Island, Graffiti Bar & Kitchen has become a popular venue since opening last summer – perfect for those looking to enjoy some pan-Asian street food bites, chilled cocktails or whiling away a few hours on its tempting suntrap terrace.
The recent addition of the cosy outdoor pod and the launch of an app that makes it incredibly convenient for booking, ordering food and keeping up to date with the latest offers has turned it into one of the area’s most convenient hangout spots. After a visit last month, Team Exposed rounded up five reasons as to why you should swing by next time you’re in the neighbourhood.
#1 – The Pod
Accommodating up to six people for eating and eight for drinks, the newly-added pod offers the chance to secure your own comfy social space with friends while being waited upon by the Graffiti staff. There’s a heater for when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and to really set your own ambience there’s the option of connecting to wireless speakers and picking your own tunes. The pod is super easy to book through the app; simply create an account or reserve as a guest, pop in some details, select a slot and submit the reservation. Simples!
#2 – ‘Appy Days
Speaking of the app, it’s definitely worth downloading before you visit. Available on the Apple Store and Google Play under ‘Graffiti Bar and Kitchen’, the sleek app allows you to do the basics such as booking a table or the outside pod beforehand, ordering food either to your table or to collect as takeaway, and keeping you abreast of the latest food and drink offers and general updates from Graffiti. You’ll also be able to earn one loyalty point for every £1 you spend on takeaway orders, and when you reach 100 points you’ll receive a voucher to use on your next bill.
#3 – Food
It’s superb. Perfect for groups, to start we ordered delicious pork dumplings, tender calamari rings, meaty chicken wings smothered in a coconut and lime sauce, and – a surprise contender for favourite – vegan-friendly tofu satay skewers. For mains we’d recommend the beef brisket pad Thai, a classic dish bursting with sweet, sour and salty flavours. The chicken katsu and crispy courgette katsu were equally well-received, with sticky jasmine rice covered in tasty sauces and healthy portion sizes. Tempted by the dessert menu we opted for the sweet, spicy grilled pineapple with lime and chilli caramel, while the mango sorbet was a simple classic done extremely well.
#4 – Atmosphere
On warm evenings the outdoor terrace has a laidback, social vibe and provides the perfect spot for watching the world drift by. However, take a step inside and the interior is equally as impressive with beautiful floral murals by Sheffield artist Fem Sorcell adorning the walls, hanging plants nicely offsetting the industrial chic furnishings. There’s even a particularly Insta-worthy swing in the corner – perfect for a photo opportunity on your night out.
#5 – Value
For the standard of cocktails served, you’re probably getting the best price in the city with their offer of two for £12 – EVERY DAY. The Happy Hour is equally popular with Stancill Lager and medium house red, rose or white wine all available for £3.20 from 12-7pm on Mondays to Thursdays and on Sundays too. A quick scroll through the app and you can find other deals to help save pennies, including sharing boards, bottle offers and gin Happy Hour.