Coffee house Manhattan is revealing its more sultry side by switching identities after dark… As the sun goes down, the Ecclesall Road venue is making the most of its new drinks licence to become a ‘wine bar with coffee’. Owner Di Hoyes (pictured), who took over in 2010, says: “I didn’t want to interfere with the core business, or spoil it for our regular customers, so we wait until evening to transform the place into a bar.”
Alongside a range of upmarket wines (from £4.50 / £16) and bottled beers including Morretti, Di serves a range of toasted bagels, mezze platters and luxury cheeseboards, from £8. One of her most popular lines is ‘hot spirited’ drinks such as Baileys hot chocolate.
Kitchen, acclaimed only 18 month ago as the Good Food Guide’s best value restaurant, has closed. Director Adrian Walsh, who also owns adjoining Food & Fine Wine, confirmed that no bookings were being taken and he was not looking for a new chef.
Kitchen was set up three years ago with respected chef patron John Parsons at the helm. It was a hit with diners and critics alike, but always had its problems.
News of the Good Food Guide award in 2011 came just a week after Walsh relaunched the company having liquidated it with tax debts. He hoped that would prove the necessary springboard, but a year later he parted company with Parsons, leaving the chef’s father, Paul, to run the kitchen until its closure last week.
A ‘pide’ of the action
Broomhill restaurant Lokanta is putting its own stamp on the popular pizza with a range of traditional Turkish flatbreads. The new line, launched last week, will be available on Thursdays only, running alongside the main menu from 5pm.
“Turkey had a historical population in common with the other Mediterranean countries and our food and drink traditions naturally overlap,” says co-owner Ruth Günay.
The Turkish pizza – or pide – is a flat bread stretched into a long boat shape and topped most commonly with lamb or cheese. At Lokanta the dough will be freshly made and baked to order, with a choice of six toppings, three of them vegetarian, from £11.
Third time lucky
Latest to join the kitchen team at Baslow’s new-look Devonshire Arms Inn & Kitchen is chef Terry Washington. And he won’t have any trouble remembering the name of his new workplace… Washington is former head chef of the Devonshire Arms at Pilsley, and before that worked for its sibling, the illustrious Devonshire Arms at Beeley, both part of the Chatsworth Estate.
Starring swanky Frank
Swanky Frank’s American diner welcomes its original namesake next week when Sheffield blues legend Frank White takes to the stage for the latest in a series of Jazz, Swing & Soul nights. The event, on Wednesday, will be accompanied by a range of menu specials, each given a New Orleans twist.
Spice up your night
Diners at the Wortley Arms pub can enjoy a Taste of India tonight (Thursday) with a special four-course meal in the Montagu Rooms. A range of starters will be followed by prawn pakora, five main dishes with breads and rice, followed by rice pudding with cardamom and nuts – bookings £25.