This new pizza place in Sheffield delivers on its promise
First impressions were good as we stepped in to Meadowhall’s newest dining experience, Three Joes, on the upper floor of the Oasis.
We had booked and were a little early. No problem, we were welcomed and ushered to a cushioned side booth.
This was perfect for our two-year-old companion Bobby who has just outgrown high chairs, although they were available for tiny diners too.
Saturday lunchtime and it was quiet when we walked in. Ten minutes or so later every table was taken, mostly by young families.
Bobby’s presence was noted and within seconds of being seated, a colouring sheet and crayons arrived.
Along with the trademark sourdough pizzas, (there are 11 on the menu priced £5 to £11.95), there are two macaroni dishes and two salads, plus additional sides, and pizza toppings.
A vegan barbecue pizza is offered, and the Gorgonzola and roasted leeks with tenderstem broccoli and pine nuts sounded interesting, although sadly I couldn’t partake as I have a tree nut allergy.
Half-a-dozen starter options include a sharing platter of meats, olives, houmus and cheese with dough sticks, but bang went the diet as we opted for a baked whole camembert with onion marmalade.
The children’s menu is £4.95 for three courses.
First came carrot and cucumber sticks with hummus. Perfect for Bobby who got chomping on the sticks – perfectly sized for little hands.
Milk shakes are large as standard, but our smiling waiter agreed to fix a small one for Bobby.
His main course, a small Margherita pizza, hit the spot too, and he finished off with chocolate ice cream with sprinkles. He was delighted with the sprinkles. All in all, he ate very well, managing the starter, half his main course and most of the ice cream and he liked the shake.
As my daughter and I had the Camembert to start and our waiter recommended a pizza and a salad to share for mains to lighten the load, so to speak.
That was inspired advice.
Our delectable melted Camembert and tangy marmalade came in a sourdough nest, with gherkin pots and plenty of dipping bread. It was creamy and moreish and we guzzled. Another full pizza would probably have been impossible.
So, we chose a Serrano ham and wild rocket pizza, with a Teriyaki beef noodle salad. I enjoyed both. The pizza topping was tasty and plentiful, the dough base fluffy without a trace of greasiness, and the salad was refreshingly light, dressed with tamari, toasted sesame seeds and olive oil.
Pizza we were unable to finish was boxed for us to take away with no fuss.
Even then, we managed a sweet – purely in the interest of the review, of course. A chocolate brownie with vanilla bean ice cream looked delicious, and was devoured with relish. I had an Eton Mess sundae. The contrast of unsweetened berries with meringue, ice cream and cream was a great finale.
For drinks, we enjoyed a homemade lemonade and an elderflower presse. There are cocktails, craft gins, ciders, wines, and a separate craft beers menu, along with non-alcoholic choices, the milk shakes, and hot drinks.
Three Joes has a modern, rustic type decor with a relaxed ambience that allows escape from the shops .
Until Valentine’s day, pizzas are free from 4pm to 9pm on Wednesday evenings to the first 300 customers.