The Bhaji Shop, Kelham Island

A few weeks ago a pub crawl took us to Kelham Island (as our pub crawls tend to do, to be honest) and, fancying something a bit more interesting than pub grub, we decided to give The Bhaji Shop a go.

Having previously enjoyed a meal when The Bhaji Shop was still in their old Chesterfield Road venue, I’m pleased to report that this Kelham Island visit surpassed all of my expectations.

Holding itself out as a thali shop, the menu is what you’d expect – a bit of this and a bit of that. Indian flavours feature heavily, as does the cafe’s namesake, the bhaji.

You’ll have to forgive me as it’s a while since we visited so my memory of the dishes we had has waned a little. I went for a sweet chilli paneer salad and I remember being particularly impressed with the salad. Packed with flavour and lots of different salad items, it was clear that some thought had gone into it.

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Gav went for a dahl with a masala omelette on the side. We also tried one of the bhajis which actually blew us away and, they alone, would have made the trip worthwhile.

Special mention also needs to be given to the beer menu. It’s mostly cans and bottles and there’s a good range of British (including Yorkshire) and American breweries on there. service was lovely too – very natural and friendly and the staff made Jez feel pretty welcome too. (dogs are allowed on the patio, but not inside)

Sheffield seems to be doing quite well at the little plate way of eating (I also recommend Trippet’s and The Beer Engine) and The Bhaji Shop is another prime example.

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