Wind of change at The Med

MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT  Owner Otto Damahi outside the Mediterranean Restaurant, Sharrow Vale Road.
MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT Owner Otto Damahi outside the Mediterranean Restaurant, Sharrow Vale Road.

Restaurateur Otto Damahi has left the Mediterranean in Sharrow Vale Road after more than 15 years, to focus on nearby Otto’s.

The Mediterranean has been taken over by former employees Rachid El Afif (front of house) and Abdilkabir Barka (head chef). They continue to specialise in seafood and Spanish tapas – it was the first restaurant in Sheffield to serve this authentic treat.

Moroccan-born Otto will now concentrate on developing Otto’s, which he opened in 2008 with wife Theresa. He says: “It was too much hard work, having two places. I feel I did a good job with the Med, now it’s time for someone else to have a go.”

STATE-OF-THE-ART CAFE

City-centre café Eten has added to its arts repertoire with a free poetry reading group which it will host on the last Tuesday of each month, 6-8pm.

Other events at the York Street venue, overlooking the Cathedral, range from Shakespeare and book groups to early morning yoga, acoustic music and art exhibitions.

CHAMPIONS’ LEAGUE

Rotherham CAMRA raises the curtain today on its 2015 beer festival, which runs until Saturday at the New York Stadium, home of Rotherham United FC.

The theme for this year’s festival, sponsored by lawyers Wilford Smith, is ‘championship’.

One bar will feature all the winners from the recent Rotherham Real Ale Festival, another will serve local beers. Two more will stock other beers, real cider and fine wine. Entry £5, including live music.

TASTY BARGAIN

London Road restaurant Surf & Turf is serving up a new year gift for diners: with 25 per cent off the food bill until February 13. See www.surf-turf-sheffield.co.uk