Outside of Mexico, there are a few ways of doing "Mexican food". There is the supermarket way (stick food in a wrap and call it Mexican), the fast food way (stick E coli in a wrap and call it Mexican), the more "authentic" approach (burritos, slow cooked meats) or the "fusion" style.
The fusion style originated in San Francisco, California and El Paso, Texas, where local food took on the traditions of Mexican neighbours. Beer braised beef alongside deep fried baja fish, french fries in carnitas burritos, fresh sushi influences alongside low and slow cooked stews.
Shy Boy Cantina at Great Gatsby takes the modern, fusion approach and brings its own unique twist, adopting influences from East Asian food cultures and rooting them in the flavour-packed, earthy style of Mexico.
A trip to Shy Boy will flow between Korean-influenced tacos filled with pork and kimchi or fried chicken and pickled daikon, a Japanesed burrito of Katsu curry, Chinese-style spicy mapo tofu, or sweet and sour pork belly. Those seeking a vegetable-based relief will be well served with taco choices (beetroot, queso fresco and hazelnuts; aubergine and peanut), wild mushroom quesadilla, asparagus with duck egg and guajillo chilli sauce, or an updated take on the breakfast classic, huevos rancheros. All to be enjoyed with one of the class craft beers or house-designed cocktails.
At weekends, Shy Boy Cantina is a perfect place to get a tasty stomach-liner before adjourning upstairs and taking your seat in Daisy’s table-service cocktail bar (open Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm-3am – booking necessary) or spending the night on the Gatsby dance floor.
The Great Gatsby features in a short film we made with Sheffield Hallam Uni, alongside a bunch of the city's other foodie favourites – watch below.
- Words by
- Greg Povey
- Images by
- Will Roberts