OF OUR CITY
Arts in Call Lane is one of the city’s hidden gastronomic gems!
One of the first independent restaurants in the city it has gone from strength to strength and now boasts new owners, a new name – now referred to Arts not Arts Café and a new head chef – Simon Turner.
Arts has also had a facelift inside. The wooden furniture, glasses and cutlery literally sparkle with bigger picture windows and lots of sophisticated interior lighting. There’s patches of tastefully chosen paintwork and of course work by local artists, changed regularly, for which the venue is known for.
Simon has curated the new menus and all pay homage to fresh local produce
It was a difficult decision to choose our starter with so many tasty dishes on offer. I chose the Gin Cured Salmon, which came with Cucumber, Borage and Wasabi. The salmon was really smooth and not stringy as it can be, the cucumber was a refreshing addition and yes I could really taste the gin.
My colleague’s Summer Vegetable Terrine was a work of art in both its appearance and presentation. The aspic contained a plethora of colourful vegetables including peppers, cucumber and radishes and the contrast of the Basil and Sesame Crackers made it the perfect summer starter.
For main course I went for the Gloucester Old Spot Pork Ribeye. The meat was cooked to perfection, tender and succulent and a generous portion. Fruit is always a good accompaniment to pork as it takes away that fatty taste and the addition of grilled peaches instead of the usual apple sauce was a brilliant move by the chef. Runner beans and the traditional north country vegetable accompaniment of cabbage or summer savoury, as it was called, made this a flavoursome dish.
Cauliflower Curry was my colleague’s choice and she was not disappointed. The dish was not overly spicy and very very tasty. The almonds and sultanas brought out the fusion of flavours very well and the pickles added a delicious mellowness to the dish.
We shared side orders of Purple Potatoes with Shallot Butter that were just so tasty the dish was soon emptied along with a delicious combination of dressed leaves.
My choice of dessert was a good one. The Walnut Tart was home made with a warm crumbly pastry case that melted in your mouth filled with walnuts bound together in a very light syrup, served with an over generous portion of clotted cream.
Apricot and Cardamom Cheesecake tempted my colleague as it was just such an unusual combination. The dried apricots in their own syrup were a great addition and the cheesecake was certainly tempting treat triumph.
Art is the type of place that can be just what you want it to be. The staff are friendly and so helpful and really know their stuff about the menu.
Perfect for a family celebration, a business, girly or shopping trip lunch whilst in the evening it is the ideal place for a romantic dinner for two, an office social event or just a group of friends who appreciate good food.
Art, 42 Call Lane, Leeds. Open: Monday to Friday 12 noon to 10.00pm; Saturday l0.00am to llpm; Sunday 10.00am to 7.00pm.
To book arts.leeds.com