It rained yesterday and it never stopped. Just like my hair the weather was dark, damp and seriously lack-lustre.
Luckily we [ Sue and I ] were booked in to review the lunch time menu at the Lost & Found , which was formerly the The Pointing Dog on Ecclesall Road. Something rather lovely to brighten up an awful day.
As always nothing is ever straight forward with me. I had no car. It failed its bloody MOT and is currently in the garage having some serious TLC !
I live at the opposite end of town to Ecclesall Road so investigated getting the bus [ too much phaffing around and numerous bus changes ] I considered walking to the tram stop , tram into town and then jumping in taxi [too wet, I’d have turned up like a drowned rat ] In the end I booked a taxi from mine which cost me an arm and a leg but the driver kept me entertained asking all about my blog. The blow didn’t seem as bad when I came to pay AND I was plonked right outside the door. No searching for a space to park.
Parking can be tricky depending on when you go. Ecclesall Road tends to always be busy and the Lost & Found don’t have their own car park.
Sue struggled to get parked and was slightly late. She ended up parking on Sharrowvale Road which is only a 5 minute stroll away and it cost her a few pounds.
Looking fabulously festive!
Sue [below] with a picture of Victoria B Darcy who is the Professor the bar is themed around. Each Lost & Found has a different one.
Victoria B. Darcy was something of a rebel. Coming from a well-respected family of industrialists, she was a professor of horticulture as well as a keen conservationist. From her opinions on the up-keep of parks, to turning the industrial landscape into beautiful gardens, she was most certainly ahead of her time with these new ideas. Wherever you see wild flowers or a beautiful park within the City of Sheffield, you can think of Victoria B. Darcy.
I started with a cocktail from the Festive Winter Cocktail Menu.
WHITE CHRISTMAS – Baileys, Licor 43, Frangelico, Cinnamon & Spice Butters, Milk & Cream
I like my cocktails creamy and this hit the spot. It has biscuit around the rim of the glass. Perfect.
FORBIDDEN FRUIT – Absolute Vanilla Vodka, William Pear Liqueur, Cinnamon Syrup, Cranberry & Lemon Juice – £8.75
WHISK ME-AWAY – Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey, Licor 43, Chocolate Cookie Syrup, Black Walnut Bitters , Milk & Cream – £8.95
MR BLACK – Absolut Vodka, Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur, Frangelico Liqueur, Salted Caramel Syrup – £8.95
If you enjoy an Expresso Martini I’m 100% sure you will also enjoy this.
After a quick catch up and ganzy at the menu we choose one of the sharing platters for starters.
FRITTI MISTO – deep fried tempura king prawns, red mullet, whitebait and lightly dusted squid with garlic mayonnaise dip – £18.00
It was absolutely delicious. I love my seafood. It’s a good size portion for 2 but I swear I could have eaten all this to myself! You can’t beat a fried prawn dipped in garlic mayo…
We finished this off in no time at all.
For my main I choose a vegetarian dish.
I’m not vegetarian but I am trying to cut meat from my diet. I’ve made friends with a cow I see on Mollie and I’s walks … every time I eat beef I think of her and it’s making the eating not as enjoyable!
CHIPOTLE & QUINOA CHILLI– with mashed avocado and toasted pita bread – £11.00
It was ok. To be honest I think it would have tasted better with some meat thrown in; after a while I found it quite bland. I ate most of it but I doubt I would order it again.
I doubt I’ll manage to give up meat either!
I thoroughly enjoyed the mashed avocado with the warm pita bread.
Sue had a steak, two in fact ; a sirloin, followed by a fillet !
Let me explain …
There was a problem with her main and in order to give a true representation of the food and service we received I feel it’s only right that I share. I’m sure it was a one-off and it won’t happen again.
The Peppercorn Sauce that accompanied Sue’s Sirlion Steak smelt and tasted very odd so we asked if we could have another pot.
It was whisked away to the kitchen for the Chef to cast his eyes over. According to him/her the Peppercorn brine had not been washed off the Peppercorns properly , which had left the sauce tasting a little like cleaning fluid? I never knew peppercorn came in brine … but what do I know ?
Sue had unfortunately covered her steak in the sauce before she had tasted it , so both had to be returned.
The waitress handled it all in her stride , was very professional, apologetic and Sue’s meal was replaced with no fuss at all.
Sue was fine and nibbled away on her fries which had been ordered as a side until her ‘new steak ‘was delivered; which she thoroughly enjoyed.
It did look beautiful .
I sat on slathering …#givememeat
Steak 2 below …
For dessert I ordered …
WHITE CHOCOLATE & WINTER BERRY ‘ETON MESS’ – with vanilla cream, fresh blackberries, cherry meringue and raspberry sorbet -£7.50
Just like the starter it was absolutely delicious.
I didn’t realise until I was half way through that what I presumed was an ice cream bowl was in-fact made of white chocolate. Yum bloody yum.
We washed it all down with a coffee each. As you know I love my coffee…
All in all we both agreed it was a lovely lunch with a little hitch or two BUT nothing spoilt.
You are looking at an average of £26.00 each for a 3 -course meal plus the cost of any drinks on top, which is fairly reasonable.
Stand out for me were the Cocktails and the Seafood Sharing Platter.
The Cocktails are top-notch [if slightly on the expensive side ] and there is a good variety to suit all tastes . I keep dreaming about devouring the sharing platter again…
I look forward to returning again soon to sample the Afternoon Tea, when I have my car back. I could bore you to death about my journey home but I won’t.
Let’s just say I walked a fair distance in 3 inch heels, was mostly drenched and cursing … but suitably fuelled.
Until next time, Tracey x
*The Lost & Found, 516 Eccesall Road, Sheffield S11 8PY – Tel : 0114 266 0742
* The meal and drinks were all complimentary – thankyou. As always all thoughts, photos and opinions are strictly my own