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Damon's Restaurant (Sheffield)
Member Name: onlyliana
Damon's Restaurant (Sheffield)
Advantages: Good, themed night out.
Disadvantages: You'll be stuffed
Me family and I have been going to Damons restaurant for years. Generally we go on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
Damons is a large restuarant on the outskirts of Sheffield that specialises in American Style food. There are a 2 other restuarants in the UK, one in Liverpool and another in Lincoln. They are open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. I have only visited and eaten from the dinner menu. They also provide a takeaway service which I have also used.
The restuarant decor is about as far away from modern as is humanly possible in my opinion. There is a bar and lounge area as you walk in where you can order drinks and wait to be called for your table. The colour theme is lots of deep reds (the carpet, the walls, the bar, the seats). It is everywhere. There are also lots of pictures on the walls of American icons from the 50's, 60's and 70's.
It is definately a 'themed' restuarant and I really like this. You go there more for the experience than for the cuisine. Although it's outdated I think it just adds to the charm of the place.
The bar is well stocked with draught and bottled beers, spirits, sort drinks and a variety of cocktails which I like to sample on my visits. They offer ice cream cocktails (Grasshoper and Baileys Alaska are lovely), classic cocktails (The Strawberry Daquari is delish) and a slightly smaller collection of Virgin cocktails.
I think the alcohol content in all the cocktails is relatively small so there's no danger of getting your head blown off but I think that when you're paying £5.70 you do expect there to be a decent amount of the hard stuff in there. They do have a Happy Hour on cocktails between 4 and 7pm Monday to Friday where cocktails are half price though so plenty of opportunity to get your moneys worth then.
As I mentioned above I have only eaten from the evening menu so my review will only be covering this.
If you ask anyone who has been to Damons they will tell you that their signature dish is the ribs. They are the only reason I go there to be honest as they are lovely. They are available in BBQ or Char Sui and come in 3 sizes - Petite (3/4 rack), Regular (1 rack) and Full ( 1 1/2 racks) priced respectively at £9.95, £13.45 and £16.75.
The meat is lovely and melts off the bone. It is full of flavour and the BBQ sauce it is smothered in amazing. I suggest you get involved and use your fingers.
I would say that if there is one problem with the food here it is that there is generally too much of it.
All mains are accompanied with:
"Fresh Baked Bread,
Side, Garden or Caesar Salad or Coleslaw,
with Fries, Baked or Mashed Potato or Pilaf Rice,
with Garden or Mushy Peas or Baked Beans"
Quite a lot to contend with really.
If you have a large appetite I would recommend trying the onion loaf. This is battered onion rings in the shape of a bread loaf and are brought out with Damons special sauce.
As the main courses are so filling I tend not to bother with a starter but there are some available if you fancy it. I have tried the clam chowder before which was lovely but, again, very filling.
Same with desserts really, I never seem to have room for them but a small range are available.
I was told recently that Damons also offer a coeliac lunch menu so perfect for people who are on a gluten free diet.
I have always been pleased with the service at Damons. The staff are all very efficient, friendly and pleasant. Food is always brought out promptly even when the restaurant is heaving, which is pretty much always.
The only slight issues I have had with Damons is ordering drinks. If you order from your table they seem to take forever to be brought to the table so I generally go to the bar myself, it's generally quicker.
I have also noticed that the staff will ask you to move from your table to the lounge area pretty much as soon as you have paid the bill rather than let you stay at the table. I had heard that the waiting staff only allocate one and a half hours per table before they book it out again, whether this is true or not I don't know but I would suggest that you don't expect to be able to stay at your table and socialise after you are done eating.
Damons is an excellent restaurant for a night out with friends and family. I wouldn't say that the food is top quality or a gastonomical sensation but it is tasty and reasonably priced.
I find the average price per head to be somewhere between £35 - £45 including drinks so maybe not somewhere to go regularly.
Summary: Definately recommended.