WANDER amid the teeming takeaway offer on West Street in the city centre and you come across Aspalas.
At six o’clock on a Monday evening the restaurant is packed with largely Chinese and east Mediterranean students with pizzas, chicken wings, kebabs, chips rice and salad stacked high on tables.
Surely this many students can’t be wrong.
In the kitchen donner chicken and lamb is sizzling away and the charcoal grill is loaded with skewers of chicken and lamb chunks and there’s a constant stream of orders from the telephone. Chefs shout, carrier bags are loaded, plates clatter in the kitchen.
It’s a lively Turkish family business that has grown in each of its two years trading.
Right now it’s that time in the evening that can be a bit of a no man’s land in Sheffield when daytime cafes are closing and most takeaways aren’t yet open.
But Aspalas is most certainly open – from 8am to midnight seven days a week serving everything from an early-morning full English to a post-refreshment full Turkish just before midnight.
There is a feast of food options but this time it’s not for a family meal just a quick bite between work and going out. Everything looks good on the grill but this choice was a chicken shish with chips, flat-bread and salad for £4.50.
Bargain, and the assorted other meals flying out from the kitchen look equally good. There’s lots of meat and crunchy salad, the flatbread is warm and fresh, the chips are good – and there’s plenty of it in a polystyrene box in a carrier bag with a plastic fork.
As takeaways go it’s bang on, quick and you can order ahead if you don’t want to wait at all.
Aspalas does lunchtime meal deals with drinks and food combinations at reduced prices.
Address: 152 -154 West Street, Sheffield S1 4ES.
Tel: 0114 275 9191
Open seven days a week
Service: Quick and lively
Waiting time: Ten minutes.
Verdict: Quick, fresh and tasty. Just the job