Review of Shed Bistro – Ormeau Road by The Gourmet Boys

Shed Bistro on the Ormeau Rd has always been a firm family favourite so we were looking forward to revisiting this wonderful little restaurant after too long away and, lo and behold, we were seated at our customary window table. Shed has been completely renovated since our last visit, with shiny red banquettes and framed photos of their suppliers illustrating the abundance of locally sourced ingredients on offer.

It was a great opportunity to catch up with a couple of good friends, sample the Sunday Lunch Menu, and enjoy a glass of Rioja or two.

We parked the tandem right outside, and received a lovely welcome from Christina.

At first glance, the Sunday Menu choices appear a little limited, especially if you aren’t a big meat-eater. However, any of our requests to adapt dishes or even replace them with alternatives, were never an issue. The starter of mussels, which on the menu featured chorizo and was chosen by our friends, was replaced with white wine and cream for us. Both versions were absolutely delicious.

The mains were a modern take on a Sunday Roast. The chicken was perfectly cooked with lovely crispy skin, the beef was presented in generous slices with horseradish on the side, and both were terrific, served with Yorkshire pudding, veg and potatoes. A soft, flaky roast cod, with samphire, tomatoes and potatoes was the pescatarian alternative.

Although the first two courses were satisfyingly filling, we just couldn’t resist the desserts on offer; an indulgent sticky toffee pudding, a melt in the middle chocolate fondant,  and affogato with a liqueur of choice.

This was all washed down with a few glasses of a particularly quaffable Tempranillo. We were even offered some homemade coffee liqueur as a digestif. Well, it would have been rude to refuse!
Shed is still a terrific spot, with excellent, friendly staff, a relaxed atmosphere, and delicious locally sourced food which you can see being prepared from your table. What a treat watching Gianluca and Johnny in the kitchen work their culinary magic!

 

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