Young freelance writer currently studying Computing in Sheffield Hallam University, enjoys visiting cafes, restaurants and events - documenting the experience is just a bonus.
I've never been a big fan of steak. For me, it's one of those things which when it's good it's nothing special, but when it's REALLY good, it's something spectacular. La Vaca is one of the only places I would say I've had REALLY good steak.
You can find this cosy restaurant in Broomhill, one of the busiest areas in Sheffield thanks to the huge student population and student accommodation in that area - but don't let this fool you. This isn't some cheap kebab shop for students after a drunken night out. This is the place to go for melt-in-your-mouth steak and a truly unique South American restaurant. When I say it's cosy, I mean it quite literally. As you walk in the door you're met with the steak-chef in his small box of a cooking area, surrounded by an aura of juicy-steak smells. You also struggle to see how you'll be able to get a seat in this tiny restaurant - but you will manage and the atmosphere is worth it.
The menu itself is what really makes this a list visit, on my first time trying La Vaca, I had to start with an Empanada, something I had never even heard of before. With the Pino (steak) filling, these South American pasties were mouth-wateringly delicious. My meal was very much steak, with steak and followed by steak ... but what more would you expect from a restaurant whose name directly translates into "cow"?
To summarise, if you're a Sheffield local or just passing through, and you're also a lover of steak, this is a must visit.