WATCHING the staff squeeze the elements of your spicy snack into a burrito wrap is pure street theatre.
This firm, which has brought Mexican flavours to many a Fargate street market, has now taken up residence in one of the empty shops that litter Pinstone Street in Sheffield city centre, linking Fargate and The Moor. Like all the best street food, it is prepared in front of you, which is where you can marvel at the dexterity of the chefs.
The menu includes small, medium or wheat flour tortillas (or no tortilla at all) with a chicken, shredded pork or vegetarian filling and a choice of mild, medium or hot salsa dressing. Basic prices range from £2 to £4.75 and you can add Monterey Jack cheese or avocado dip guacamole for an extra charge of 50p to 75p.
Empanadas are large wraps with fewer fillings in, so they’re, well, less filling. Prices for these range from £2 to £2.50 ior there is a £3 lunchtime deal of an empanada, bag or tortilla chips and a drink from £3.
As the weather had perked up a little last week, I rounded up a group of colleagues to help test out the menu. I took one for the team and ordered the hottest Habanero sauce on my shredded pork burrito with extra guacamole. It certainly made its presence felt and the heat only increased as it went on but it was very enjoyable nonetheless.
Emily said: “I opted for a vegetarian burrito. There was plenty of everything going on in that foil wrap, and it certainly wasn’t lacking substance. Tasty, spicy (but not overly so) and filling, with surprisingly little mess!”
Andrew had a chicken burrito with guacamole and cheese. He said: “There’s a lot for the money and care is needed when eating to ensure you don’t spill the contents. Medium spicy, which left my top lip singing.”
Tim said: “My chicken burrito was a parcel packed full of flavour. The guacamole was extremely limey. My only regret was that I wimped out on the chilli sauce.”
Jim was similarly impressed by his pork burrito with medium salsa, which he thought was plenty hot enough for him.
Venue: The Street Food Chef, 98 Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HQ. Tel 0114 335 0769, website www.streetfoodchef.co.uk
Opening: 11.30am to 6pm.
Parking: city centre
Atmosphere: The staff are very pleasant and chatty.
Delivery: Not mentioned on menu.
Range of menu: Limited to tortilla wraps.
Waiting time: A few minutes.
How did it taste: Excellent, and very filling.
Verdict: A great addition to the city centre lunchtime outlets.