Hey I’m Simon Hirst from Capital FM… Now, I love my food, don’t we all and thanks to the guys at Leeds Uncut, they have allowed me to spill out my inner thoughts about the restaurant’s I frequently visit throughout our great City of Leeds.
If you’re on a budget of a Tenner to a Ton, I’ll be checking out some of the finest. My first review I’d love to tell you guys about is the fabulous ‘Restaurant Bar and Grill’ which is located bang next door to the brilliant fish restaurant Loch Fyne (Which I must visit again soon!) in the landmark Old Post Office building in the heart of City Square, in Leeds. You can’t miss it and claims to ‘provide an impressive setting to enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or a private party.’
This is the first restaurant I was invited to review and due to its impressive reputation I was excited to sample what they had to offer on a Friday night after a busy week at work.
As soon as I walked in, I realised why the restaurant is so popular. Very open plan and brightly lit. The seating varied from booths down one side of the restaurant for larger groups and more intimate tables for two in the centre. I was fortunate enough to be given one of the larger tables by our lovely waiter Joel. At the far side of the restaurant there was a funky cocktail bar, which was busy – clearly after work business people enjoying a Friday night drink.
The only down side to the venue was the toilet facilities. Although smart and clean my guest did need to use the ladies after a few vinos and found there was sometimes a queue so perhaps they needed more facilities.
Due to being given a large booth – although we appreciated it – we looked and felt a bit lost just the two of us on a table for six, so if you do ever see me lost in the future on a big table, do come and join me!. The general atmosphere was bustling, a lot going on and a great Friday night feeling. The waiter service also added to the atmosphere and experience, as Joel personally ensured we had everything we needed and checked up on us but wasn’t intrusive.
Food and Drink
Once seated at out table we were brought an appetizer of bread and dipping oil and my favourite Balsamic Vinegar, which was a nice touch. I ordered Malayan chicken with sweet potato, coconut and lime sauce, which was £15.95 and a side of buttered spinach. My guest ordered a 6oz fillet steak medium rare with hash browns, spinach and peppercorn sauce at £18.95. The food took about 30 minutes to arrive but as it was busy we didn’t mind and enjoyed a nice bottle of wine. The food was good, my chicken was really tasty with a generous amount of sauce and buttered spinach was to die for, even though I’m not a fan of anything to do with butter. My guest’s steak however wasn’t quite cooked to medium rare and although tasty because of the price and it being a grill restaurant we expected it to be perfect. We found the portion sizes more than adequate and didn’t have room for a pud. The waiter did recommend a cocktail to finish though, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Overall we rated the night 3.5/5. We couldn’t fault the atmosphere and the waiting service, but for the price we expected a little bit more from the food. I would definitely go back, though probably in a group rather than as a two.
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