The first time that I set foot in Alyssum I was nearly mesmerised, as if I landed in a fairy tail, out of the boring reality of routine. I forgot that I was still in Sheffield, near the Crooks. The furniture, the colours, the design on the cutlery and the subtle details reminding me of Greece, all contributed to the fairy-tale-like sensation.
Being Greek myself, I sensed the flavours of Greece floating in the air, while walking to our table. Although Alyssum does not really feel like home, it reminded me of a work of art brought to life. I was looking around at everything while trying not to stare at how delicious the food of the neighbouring tables looked. I wasn't able to concentrate on choosing my food at all until finally, we started reading the menu.
There was a wide range of coffees, food and desserts. I would say that the dishes (food and desserts) are Greek-Gourmet rather than traditional, providing a touch of both familiarity and unexpectancy, even if you are Greek or not. There were gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. However, if you like the environment but you would still like to stick to your usual Americano and panini with cheese and tomato, you still have this option.
With the arrival of the desserts and coffee to our table, I was convinced that I really am in a fairy-tale. Our pancakes were really warm, soft and tasty. There are traditional Greek sweets like baklava and also familiar well-known sweets like waffles and pancakes. You could even combine the two (there are baklava flavoured pancakes). The dessert menu is not fixed, the cakes and sweets will be different each time you visit. However, no matter what the cake is, it is always amazing.