Lost and Found The New Restaurant/Bar Combo
Lost and found one of the newest restaurants in the epicentre for foodies – Greek Street. Just why its called Lost and Found is a mystery to me as its décor theme is birds but evidently it originally stems from its cocktail menu.
The restaurant is not the warmest of places on a wintery night but boasts some very comfortable seating – although I did find the two cases with stuffed birds in them staring at me all night rather off-putting and even more spooky the stuffed bird in flight on the way down to the ultra palatial loos.
The menu at Lost and Found is a rather eclectic one which I found rather appealing and has some startling and unusual combinations as well as traditional ones.
For starters my colleague opted for the cured breast of duck, roasted peaches, walnuts and chicory. The contrasting flavours in this starter were perfect. I chose smoked salmon, pickled cumber, apple and fennel salad, dill cream cheese and rye bread and I was not disappointed. The portion was large and again the sharpness contrasted beautifully with the sweeter fusion of flavours.
Main course choices were difficult to make as the menu is loaded with great options including charcoal oven steaks and sourdough pizzas as well as an excellent range of main course dishes.
The Josper smoked and braised beef short rib, with triple cooked ships and pickled red cabbage was my choice. The braised beef was so tender it fell off the bone and just melted in your mouth and again the portion was more than adequate. I particularly loved the traditional gravy served with this dish. Mmm just like granny used to make. My colleague’s roast chicken breast with marinated mozzarella, cured ham and chicken truffle sauce was she declared “beautifully cooked and moist” The dish came with vegetables and was served and cooked in paper to retain all the flavours.
When it came to pudding time it was a difficult choice. Regular readers of my reviews know my love of ice-cream so seeing peach melba on the menu I could not resist it. I must admit though having had this particular ice cream delight hundreds of times all around the globe I have never had it served in a half pint glass. The ice-cream and cream was as it should be but there was a shortage of peaches, and the ones that I found were tough and no melba sauce. What would my fellow Aussie Dame Nellie Melba, who this dish is named after, have said to that!
My colleague’s choice however was much better with the plum and vanilla sweet cheese, toasted hazelnuts and white chocolate crumb. A delicious concoction with crumble on the top as opposed to the base it was her “heaven on a plate”.
Lost and Found at 21 Greek Street is open Sunday to Wednesday 11.00am-11.00pm, Thursday 11.00am-12midnight, Friday and Saturday 11.00am to 1pm
Bookings call 0113 493 1061.