La Mama Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Sheffield

Lovely little family-run Latin Restaurant based on Abbeydale Road, Sheffield; offering authentic and delicious Latin-American Tapas plates as well as a fantastic array of beverages with live music some evenings too!

Last week’s Sheffield Foodie Social event took us to La Mama Tapas Bar & Restaurant based not far from Sheffield City Centre along Abbeydale Road. The family-run Latin restaurant kindly offered us a discounted menu for our meet up, as well as complimentary nibbles, desserts to share and Sangria. A perfect Thursday evening was enjoyed by all.

This venue has a cosy and very lively atmosphere to it, perfect for meeting up with friends and loved ones to to enjoy some delicious food. The traditional Latin/Chilean Tapas dishes on offer here are all proudly cooked from fresh and are made to be perfect to share. The recommendation is that you choose 3 or 4 dishes per person, so I went with 4 and alongside some nibbles this was more than enough.

To start off we were given a platter of; various cured meats, marinated artichokes, olives in garlic and herbs, Manchego cheese and also a Chilean tradition of lightly fried pumpkin bread with Salsa Pebre (a slightly spicy, very garlicky salsa sauce). Every part of the platter was delicious, the pumpkin bread sticks were great and this was also washed down with refreshing complimentary Sangria.

The Tapas dishes I tried;

  • Chunky Chorizo and Sobrasada Stew (GF) – A light summer stew mixing fresh chorizo, sobrasada (sausage), cherry tomatoes and red peppers. Topped with parsley and fresh sour cream. For me this dish was a bit too oily and didn’t contain as much meat as I though it might and would have liked, however the flavours of the herbs and spices was mouthwatering – I’d advise getting some bread to dip in this one!
  • Empanadas de Carne – A traditional, lightly fried Chilean pastry filled with spiced beef, cumin, paprika, onion, olives, sultanas and a slice of egg. Served with salsa pebre. – These were my absolute favourite food of the evening. The flavour was outstanding, the Empanadas were packed FULL of meat and the pastry nice and crisp. I just loved these and would want to choose them every time I dine here – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
  • Berenjenas al Horno (V, GF) – Fresh aubergine oven baked in a traditional clay pot with mixed peppers, herbs and tomato salsa. Topped with goat’s cheese and mozzarella. For a cheese-lover like me, there wasn’t a lot of dishes on the menu containing cheese, so when I spotted this it sounded like a winner. And it was. Delicious, cooked well and all topped with melting cheese. A really vibrant, tasty dish.
  • Papas al Pebre (V, GF, DF) – Unique to Chile this lively salsa can accompany most dishes – freshly made from coriander, tomatoes, onion, garlic and fresh chillies – infused in extra virgin olive oil. Sure to give your taste buds a gentle kick. I decided to go a little different to the usual Patatas Bravas and went with the very garlicky salsa Pebre. Lovely, crispy cubed potatoes (lots of them) and very strong salsa. This was good although I didn’t realise just how much of this salsa I would end up eating throughout the whole evening so I might have chosen a different topping if I’d have known, I could taste garlic for a few days haha. Don’t let that put you off though, I’m a bit lover of garlic and this was another yummy dish.

We were all so full after our savoury tapas selection but then the desserts came out and between us we managed to get through them of course! We shared Churros with both a chocolate sauce and a Dulce de Leche sauce, baked Cheesecake and a Creme Catalan. All desserts were really lovely and enjoyed by everyone.

Dishes are priced between £4 – £8.50 each, and La Mama even offers an afternoon Bottomless Brunch for £30/£35 per person.

I am really thankful for having the opportunity to attend a foodie meet up here, the hosts were fantastic and the place was full of life, it was great to see the restaurant busy for a weeknight. For more information on La Mama Tapas, visit their website here.

I hope that my review has inspired you to give this restaurant a try. If you have anywhere you recommend I should eat at, please leave a comment below. If you are a restaurant/food vendor and would like to collaborate with me in any way, please just email me at jensfoodblog@gmail.com!

Happy munching!

Jen

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