(Review of JÖRO by Vicky Jones, Sheffield)
Diagnosed by the doctor as “too fat to fly”, my husband and daughter jetted off for a week with the in-laws in France, leaving me with a week completely void in my calendar to do whatever I pleased.
Sounds great, but the reality was I was heavily pregnant with twins, so reliving my youth in the Leadmill was out of the question…. queue best mate visiting for what we intended to be a weekend of indulgence.
Sheffield’s JÖRO has been on my food bucket list for quite some time, so a twelve course tasting menu for late lunch was booked.
Sounds extravagant? Yes absolutely. But for £65 we were getting a tasting experience which apparently is on the cusp of a Michelin Star, so definitely worth giving it a go. Particularly as my days of eating in places without a rabble of kids around my feet are definitely going to be few and far between over the next few years.
Located in the vibrant and ever expanding Kelham Island, JÖRO is aptly located on the ground floor of a stack of corrugated iron shipping containers – you can see why the area is being badged “the Shoreditch of the North”.
Inside, the décor is a far cry from the gritty, industrial exterior – its cool and calm – a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere and a proper treat for my ever-expanding cankles on such a blistering hot day.
With only dietary requirements and dislikes requested by the JÖRO team and no menu provided, we had no idea what was on the culinary cards. We were excited though!
It wasn’t long before the 18-year-old Barnsley lad training to be a qualified sommelier popped over to our table to talk us through the wine list. He did so with a great deal of passion and a great level of depth. He walked us through each course and described the wines that would compliment this culinary adventure that we were both about to embark on. Obviously I couldn’t drink, but I say and listened with a great deal of interest. It was refreshing to see staff with such passion.
Taking into consideration all the aperitifs and pallet cleansers, we lost count of all the delicious dishes that were put in front of us. The humble tomato was taken to another level, the duck melted in our mouths, and the burnt butter parfait is something that still makes my toes tingle and my mouth water when I think about it.
The seeded parmesan crisps were out-of-this-world delicious – I would happily return to JÖRO just for a plate full of them.
Every last morsel of food was delicately presented in small dishes – at no point did we feel over-faced and our excitement and anticipation for each course remained strong – we couldn’t wait to see what would be put in front of us next.
The icing on the JÖRO cake? For me it was the ingenious use of blackcurrants. Home-grown in JÖRO’s backyard, sprigs were used to decorate the table until they were ready to use, then transformed into jelly, jus, sorbet – even bark made it into one of the dishes – a great and very memorable attempt at minimising the restaurant’s food waste.
I can honestly say it was THEE best foodie experience I’ve ever had in Sheffield during the 16 years of calling this wonderful city my home. The quality of ingredients and the impeccable service gave it the WOW factor.
Although kids are welcome at JÖRO, I’d say keep this culinary encounter in your back pocket for when you are child-free. One needs to be fully engrossed in the experience with no interruptions from the little people.
Deffo one for the Sheffield bucket list.
For more information visit JÖRO’s website – CLICK HERE