THE CASINO RESTAURANT WHERE THE CHIPS ARE FAR FROM DOWN
If you want to avoid sitting in a room full of star-crossed lovers for your Valentine’s meal then have you ever thought of visiting a restaurant in a location that is just that little bit different?
The Grosvenor Casino in Leeds could be the answer. Even if you don’t want to have a flutter their restaurant has a great ambience and on a balcony it is far removed from the hub of the gaming.
You can look down at the players or there are tables where you wouldn’t even know you were dining in a Casino. There’s a large comfortable bar downstairs and our main picture shows the upstairs balcony where the restaurant is situated.
Although it was a mid-week evening there were quite a few couples dining and soaking up the atmosphere. Whilst we decided what to order we indulged ourselves in a dish of olives from the Nibbles menu and one of the Grosvenor’s special cocktails.
I ventured into pastures new and tried the Honey G with Jack Daniels Honey, lemon juice, ginger liquor, cracked black pepper and soda – my verdict it was warming and moreish as the ingredients mulled together perfectly making it a perfect drink.
My partners traditional Long Island Tea also met with satisfaction as sometimes this is can be mis-mixed and taste nothing like what it should but his was great.
Starters are chosen from the small plates menu and they are more than ample in size for the largest appetite or you can enjoy them tapas style if you don’t want a main meal or prefer to pick and choose that way!
My Crunchy Torpedo Prawns were served hot and the batter was very crispy. I loved the presentation and although not a fan of things spicy the Mexican chilli and orange mayo that accompanied them was smooth and not overly spicy and added a kick to the prawns.
My partner opted for the Za’Tar Chicken Skewers. The skewers arrived piping hot, much to his delight. They were marinated in a blend of oregano, marjoram and parsley with a red pepper hummus dip. This was a very balanced dish with a fusion of flavours that complimented each other.
For main course I was tempted by the Hunters Chicken. Now I love this particular dish, but am often disappointed for its not often its cooked and presented right. Well this time my Hunter’s Chicken was cooked and served exactly as it should be.
The large and succulent chicken breast was flattened and covered in a non-plastic proper cheese with bacon grilled to the right texture and the barbecue sauce, that makes or breaks this dish, passed the taste test. The result everything worked well together including the skin on chips which came with the dish and the corn on the cob with a chilli butter.
Grosvenor are famous for their steaks so our server recommended my partner should try their premium British Dukesmoor Rib-Eye and she wasn’t wrong. It was cooked to perfection and was succulent and tasty with a great texture. The Blue Cheese dressing that accompanied it really was tasty and the choice of Cajun skin chips with the dish a great one for an additional flavour.
There was only me for dessert and I opted for the Tart Tatin. This takes around 15 minutes to cook but it was more than well worth waiting for.
The freshly cooked apple is served in a hot crispy pastry filo base and comes with a scoop of ice-cream. Verdict the best Tart Tatin I have tasted for a very long time.
The restaurant at the Grosvenor is very good value for real quality food. The staff are friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them – a recommendation in itself. It’s a place I shall look forward to visiting again.
The Restaurant at The Grosvenor Casino, Westgate, Leeds 3
Open Every Day: 5.00pm – 12.00 midnight
Tel: 0113 3893700