Gone in 60 seconds - the Sheffield food collaboration which sold out instantly

Rahul Amin at Ashoka on Ecclesall Road
Rahul Amin at Ashoka on Ecclesall Road

A food collaboration organised by Sheffield’s oldest Indian restaurant and its newest cocktail bar sold out ‘in 60 seconds’ this week.

Staff at Ashoka of Ecclesall Road, which has been open for 50 years, teamed up with those at Public, the cool bar that opened in a former public toilet under Sheffield Town Hall earlier this year, on the evenings to take place on July 25 and 26.

Public Interior Shots

Public Interior Shots

Tickets were limited to just under 50 for the nine course tasting menu, and sold out as soon as they went on sale.

“We didn’t expect that”, said Rahul Amin, owner of Ashoka.

“The Thursday night sold out in 60 seconds and the Wednesday in about 12 minutes.”

The guests who snapped up tickets to the event at Public will feast on Indian food that turns the concept of the cuisine being all about curry on its head.

Brown crab dressed in lime pickle mayonnaise with crab and coconut bisque is just one of the dishes on the menu, which is based on a mixture of Rahul’s family recipes and widening the public understanding of Indian food with more modern creations.

He added: “Curry is great, we all love it and it has been in Britain for years.

“But people are more interested in food these days and its nice to think about flavours that haven’t traditionally been used together - when why shouldn’t they?

“I think doing this at Public has allowed us to be a little bit playful and it’s allowed them to do food with an injection of spices and Indian flavour.

“They’ve come up with some amazing drinks for the night.”

Those who weren’t quick enough to snap up the £50 tickets - the Telegraph team included - may be wondering about whether a repeat of the evening is on the cards.

“We thought should we add another night, but decided to keep it to two and we may do it again in the future.”

Fingers crossed.