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The team behind the award-winning Milestone Group are not one to rest when an opportunity arises. With a connection to a famous Italian wine producer and opera singer, their latest side project turned into Sheffield’s brand new Bocelli 1831 on Ecclesall Road.
The location is familiar to anyone who’s paid a visit to one of the Milestone Group’s casual pizza restaurants, Craft and Dough. But the old space is completely recognisable. The owners have spared no expense to bring a real sense of style to this part of town, with plush velvet booths, soft lighting, new furniture throughout and the original bar getting a completely different facelift to add a real touch of elegance to Bocelli 1831.
After attending the recent launch night to sample canapés alongside some exquisite Italian wine and prosecco from the Bocelli family estate, we couldn’t wait to return to get stuck into their extensive menu of Mediterranean small plates.
Taking the trip down to Sheffield on one of the coldest nights in December we were instantly greeted with the warmest welcome from Filip the Restaurant Manager. The restaurant had a mix of couples, friends and work colleagues all enjoying a range of wines and cocktails whilst tucking into some great looking dishes. Choosing what to eat took a lot longer than anticipated with so many delicious dishes on the menu.
The small plate concept at Bocelli is perfect for foodies that love to graze over dishes and sample more of the menu without feeling absolutely fit to burst, unlike the more traditional 3 course sitting. A glass of Sparkling Brut Rose, together with generous slices of beetroot cured salmon, pink grapefruit gel and compressed cucumber got the evening off to a perfect start.
Being a bit of a carnivore our next dish had me in food heaven. Moist, tender pig cheeks with a crispy panko crumb, sat on a wholegrain mustard mayo and tart pickled apple.
The menu at Bocelli 1831 not only showcases some tasty meat and fish dishes but also a great assortment of vegetarian and vegan choices too. The charred tomato small plate elevated the humble tomato to a whole new height, with compressed green tomato, a clear basil gel and basil sourdough to mop up the flavour combined on the plate.
Beetroot is another example of Bocelli 1831’s kitchen giving some local and seasonal ingredients a star place on the menu. Baked then dressed in a quality balsamic vinegar brought out the sweetness of the vegetable before serving on a generous slab of toasted sourdough. My only suggestion would be to finish the dish with goat’s cheese to contrast the flavour as the portion was generous, to say the least.
Our next plate showcased some of the ethos of Bocelli 1831, giving classic dishes a modern spin. Four generous and delicious beef and chorizo meatballs arrived, covered with a rich tomato, cayenne and paprika sauce to add a bit of heat and spice.
Our final dish of the small plates menu was the ultimate comfort food on a cold winters day. Mac and cheese balls with a crispy breaded coating and infused with a flavoursome hint of truffle – so simple but an absolute winner!
Saving room for dessert we opted for an array of homemade almond and raspberry macaroons that were perfectly executed from the kitchen. With a crispy shell and a soft gooey centre filled with sharp raspberry cream. They almost looked too good to eat. Opting to share desserts worked a treat, with the second choice coming from the brunch menu, a generous stack of homemade pancakes, caramelised banana and mixed berries. Both desserts finished the meal nicely, both not too heavy or rich.
The menu at Bocelli 1831 has been expertly curated to highlight some of the best seasonal ingredients from brunch all the way through to dinner. With plenty of options from vegan to vegetarian dishes and the most amazing sounding wet seafood bar on weekends to really indulge, together with some of the best wines and cocktails, we can see Bocelli 1831 being another firm favourite with the Sheffield foodies and beyond.
Bocelli 1831, 359-361 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8PF – 0114 266 3311
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