In the grand old Post Office building in the heart of Leeds City centre, boasting the biggest floor to ceiling wine display you have ever seen, Restaurant Bar & Grill, Leeds has managed to keep it’s ‘just opened’ buzz for years now.
I’ve been for all sorts of occasions over the years – a quick glass of wine (or three) after work, a pre-dinner cocktail, lunching with clients, romantic meals and 30th birthdays in their private room upstairs, it remains a firm favourite of mine and being a stone’s throw from Leeds train station, it’s usually the automatic obvious choice.
Another reason to keep heading back is the continuously reliable great food. Whether you’re after a spicy Thai noodle salad with a cold beer, or a perfectly cooked fillet steak with shallot & parsley butter, you’re guaranteed to enjoy!
Over the past few weeks I have been reminded of my favourite thing about this place: their massive al fresco dining area slap bang in the centre of City Square. If the sun is out, so is the furniture and it makes for a very cool mixed scene of suits, cougars, shoppers and lovers!
Last Saturday I was the latter. My boyfriend and I were in desperate need of a night out and what with £40 of Club Individual points (their loyalty scheme) saved up, we decided to treat ourselves to some steak and wine.
Naturally I had to have a portion of duck spring rolls to start with which arrived hot and crispy with a small pot of plum sauce‚ just gorgeous! And what followed was even better, two perfectly medium rare fist size fillet steaks, warm through to the middle but so well rested, juicy but not bloody and still a deep reddy-purple colour through the centre.
Every item on their generous grill menu comes with accompaniments and a choice of sauce. I am ashamed to say I am hopelessly devoted to peppercorn and when it comes to steak sauce, I don’t take risks. That said, my other half was more than willing to go with my recommendation of the shallot & parsley butter which will be making a guaranteed appearance on my next order, fresh, rich and full of flavour, this naughty but nice dip/sauce is an absolute must-try!
Another great meal… but the highlight for me was our waitress. Not only was she the right level of attentive throughout, but was happy to leave us to enjoy our ‘down-time’ whilst perusing menus, and when asked for her recommendation between two reds, she pressed for the cheaper option on the basis that it would work much better with our food order.
Restaurant, Bar & Grill competes with Blackhouse and Bibis Italianissimo in my eyes, but the service, reliably great food and surroundings make it a winner for me.
See their full menu and a few more restaurant pics http://www.therestaurantbarandgrill.co.uk/leeds.html