Food review: Light bulb lunch break in Sheffield city centre

Edisons Coffee on York Street, Sheffield'Edison Engineer Matt Watkin
Edisons Coffee on York Street, Sheffield'Edison Engineer Matt Watkin
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It was a light bulb moment that led to this review of Edison’s.

Formerly Eten, the large venue next to Sheffield Cathedral has been completely refurbished and it was this new look which caught the eye.

Edisons Coffee on York Street, Sheffield

Edisons Coffee on York Street, Sheffield

New owners took over the cafe in November last year and totally transformed the venue with an unusual steampunk themed decor, from bronze fixtures to element bulbs.

The cafe is now licensed and has an extensive food menu from breakfast to snacks - but it is coffee that is taken really seriously here.

Innovative coffee blends are carefully thought through to consider water hardness and temperature - all thanks to their own coffee engineer Vigen Karibian, who was born in an Ethiopian farming community.

He believes that buying direct from the farmers gives them the best beans and also ensures farmers get the best price, and has brought his experience from Australia to Sheffield to train baristas.

Edisons Coffee on York Street, Sheffield

Edisons Coffee on York Street, Sheffield

The training has obviously paid off as we were greeted with smiles and water while perusing the menu, and our orders were taken swiftly.

Food arrived quickly too which is exactly the pace you need for a tight lunch break.

My light bite of cheese and onion quiche was only £3.50.

This arrived with a leafy side salad but I was somehow expecting it to be a hot meal.

It was neither warm nor cold from the fridge ,which did not hinder the taste but seemed like it has been warmed through a touch to take the chill off.

My colleague Rebecca had the pasta bolognese. It was a huge lunch for only £5 - with well cooked pasta, a bolognese that was full of flavour and a good texture.

However the accompanying garlic bread appeared to be a piece of toast with raw garlic rubbed on it. It was far too overpowering and Rebecca was relieved to find some chewing gum in her bag before heading back to the office .

The menu at Edison’s – named after the American inventor of the first commercially viable lightbulb – evolves with the seasons using locally-sourced products.

The cake counter features some delicate and delightful looking patisserie.

It was a great value lunch and the bill came to just £14.60 which included a Fentimans soda drink and an (excellent, naturally) cappuccino.

An added bonus is that, as a non-profit organisation, the cafe puts both money and care back into the community - so you can feel virtuous about eating out .

Star rating out of five:

Food: 3

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

Three more to choose from

Tamper, Arundel Street
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