Liz Coggins experiences the gastronomic joys of the restaurant in the sky.

Liz Coggins experiences the gastronomic  joys of the restaurant in the sky.

High above the new Trinity Centre nestling like a jewel in the night sky is one of the city’s most prestigious restaurants. The Crafthouse is a place to see and a place to be seen in – a table here is the hottest ticket in town!

Even on a freezing, gale lashed rainy night it is packed to capacity. With the night sky all around and the lights of the city twinkling below it’s a surreal place – but its also a very noisy place which gives it atmosphere almost equating to a Sex in the City set.

Its marble floors clink clink with the noise of its clients Laboutin heels and conversations seem to get louder and louder. The Crafthouse during the week is not the place for a cosy intimate dinner as its tables are so close together its impossible not to eavesdrop on the neighbouring tables conversations.

The Crafthouse’s food is innovative and exciting and Yorkshire born Executive Head Chef Lee Bennett’s menu features a lot of locally sourced products so it delighted me to see Bridlington Bay, Staal’s of Beverley and Swaledale, Nidderdale products on the menu.

Another jewel in The Crafthouse’s crown is the service. If there were Oscar’s for waiters ours would have been up there on the red carpet along with the rest of the staff.

Whilst our starters were being prepared hot assorted breads to stave off our hunger arrived and we decided on a Pinot Grigio Rose from the wine list as it was light and would compliment our menu choice.

I decided on the Cauliflower soup with Swaledale blue Cheese Croutons which although very tasty was simply just not hot enough when it arrived and by the time I reached the end of the bowl was cold and started to congeal. My companion didn’t have much luck with her starter either her choice of Scallop Risotto lacked flavour and was very bland resembling in looks a dish of rich pudding.

However when our main course arrived all was forgiven! My colleagues choice of Panfried Skate Wing with capers, parsley and steamed potatoes got full marks for its texture and fusion of flavours. She had to admit she had never experienced that particular dish cooked and served as well as this was since her mum used to make it when she was a child.

My rump steak selected by a renown North Yorkshire butcher, was also a good choice. Grilled over charcoal in a Josper oven it came just as I wanted it – well cooked, juicy and tender with side orders of a house salad with a dream of a dressing and oh yes I had to have them a portion of fat chips with a delicious old fashioned taste.

Had we room for sweet? Well after a break we had. We opted for a special selection of deserts for sharing enabling us to try four different types – heaven on a plate when you are a sweet fan like me! .

Topping off our meal with a delicious coffee and Turkish Delights it was time to relax and take in the view over the rooftops of the city.

The Crafthouse Level 2, Trinity Leeds Tel: 0113 897 0444

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