News Leeds Restaurant Awards 2010: The Winners
Tom Goodhand reports on the winners at the city's biggest celebration of its dining out scene
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Leeds has long been recognised for the quality and diversity of its restaurants and the Leeds restaurant association – Eat Out Leeds – recognise the city’s best eateries through the Leeds Restaurant Awards.
This year’s celebrations took place on Monday 24th May at Aspire in Leeds city centre, where guests had a three course meal before BBC Radio Leeds presenter Daragh Corcoran took to the stage and hosted the awards, now in their fifth year.
With a massive 17 categories covering everything from Best Fish & Chips to Best Website, the awards show off the range of cuisine available in Leeds and are judged by a mixture of public voting and expert judges.
The public voting was done via www.eatoutleeds.com and postcards handed out at venues, and covered Best Indian, Suburban, Fish & Chips, Family, Breakfast, Mediterranean, Modern English, Italian and Rest of the World. East Bat Lounge & Grill (Indian and Family), Casa Mia (Italian and Breakfast) and Sukhothai (Suburban and Rest of the World) scooped two awards each and Brett’s (Fish & Chips), The Olive Tree (Mediterranean) and Leeds Seventeen (Modern English) also received gongs.
The next batch of awards were decided by expert panels of judges. Best Website was judged by the team at Gravy online marketing, who looked at a website’s design, usability and functionality and designed that Salvo’s was the best. Next, Best Alfresco was judged by representatives from Leeds City Council and Leeds City College Thomas Danby Campus, who considered each area’s pros and cons from the quality of the service, to how the look of the area contributes to the cityscape – the winner of that award was Restaurant Bar & Grill.
With wine being an important part of a meal for many people, Best Wine List is an important one. Blackhouse Grill came away with the award, judged by Mike Wray, a member of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, an impartial group of expert enthusiasts and the folks at Leeds City College Thomas Danby Campus, who put together the shortlist. The experts took into quantity, quality, accessibility, value and even personality to come up with a winner.
The Best Business Lunch category was decided in partnership with influential business professionals Leeds Legal. Vital considerations here ranged from a convenient location to reliably solid service and dependably good food and Sous Le Nez came away with the award.
The next three awards were all judged by mystery diners turning up at the restaurants and scoring them on a range of areas from accessibility and cleanliness to food and service. From these visits City Cafe at City Inn took Best Service and Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor claimed best food.The biggie was Best Restaurant and the packed table from Kendells Bistro, based up by the BBC building, were delighted when they were announced as winners. Congratulations to them!
Finally, the last award was for Outstanding Contribution. The winners are picked by members of Eat Out Leeds and this year it was bestowed upon John and Gip Dammone of Headingley’s Italian restaurant Salvo’s. While the people of Leeds have been charmed by this always bustling restaurant for some 30 years now, this year the restaurant received the honour of being named the best neighbour Italian restaurant by Gordon Ramsey on the ‘F Word’ – no mean feat.
After the final awards were announced and the wine was finished off, the celebrations for the victorious restaurants continued into the night at the after party at The Rock Bar on The Calls.
THE WINNERS IN FULL
Best Indian: East Bar Lounge & Grill
Best Suburban: Sukhothai
Best Fish & Chips: Brett’s
Best Family: East Bar Lounge & Grill
Best Breakfast: Casa Mia
Best Mediterranean: The Olive Tree
Best Modern English: Leeds Seventeen
Best Italian: Casa Mia
Best Rest of the World: Sukhothai
Best Website: Salvo’s
Best Alfresco: Restaurant Bar & Grill
Best Wine List: Blackhouse Grill
Best Business Lunch: Sous Le Nez
Best Service City Cafe at City Inn
Best Food: Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor
Best Restaurant: Kendells Bistro
Outstanding Contribution: Gip & John Dammone, Salvo’s
Posted on Thursday 27th May 2010
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