So after a sociable day celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee what do you do for a meal...
Sunday was an enjoyable, if wet, day but time marched on and it was too late to even think about Sunday roast and two veg.
So we turned to that other traditional British meal... the Chinese takeaway.
And we decided to sample one with a traditional name.
The Bamboo Garden conjures up images of far-flung beauty.
Like a High Street and a Red Lion is there a Bamboo Garden takeaway in every town in Queen Elizabeth’s kingdom?
The one in Sheffield is on Hutcliffe Wood Road, just off Abbey Lane.
Cafés and restaurants come and go on this little parade of shops but the Bamboo Garden is a fixture.
There were a few of us so we decided to order several meals and share – which Liz would probably have approved of on her ‘sharing with the nation’ day.
Starters of spring rolls were crisp and tasty without being fatty and proved universally popular.
With the main courses the five of us had different ideas on best and also-rans – after all food is a matter of opinion – but we all agreed that, taken as a whole, they were very good.
The deep fried chicken in lemon sauce was tangy without turning your face inside out, the chicken chow mein was tasty with fine noodles, the beef and mixed veg in oyster sauce was nicely varied and the special fried rice had lots of bits of chicken, pork and prawns in. And the egg fried rice was, well, very egg fried ricey.
Good choice on Jubilee day and very reasonably priced.
A little Diamond perhaps?
Bamboo Garden, 18 Hutcliffe Wood Road, Sheffield S8 0EX
Tel: 0114 236 1705
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 5.30pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm-10.30pm. Tuesday closed
Service: Friendly and efficient
Waiting time: 10 minutes – and it was busy even on a Sunday evening
Cash only, no cards or cheques
Menu: 156 choices (and more by request) plus four set meals
What we had: Two lots of starter spring rolls (4) £3.60, Beef with mixed vegetables in oyster sauce, £4, Chicken chow mein, £4.20, Deep fried chicken in lemon sauce, £4.20, Special fried rice, £4.60, Egg fried rice, £1.60. Total £22.20
Verdict: Thumbs up