ITS SIMPLY THE BEST....
It’s easy to understand why The Restaurant Bar and Grill in City Square is a firm favourite with lovers of good food, wine and relaxed but sophisticated dining.
As one of the first wave of customers after lockdown, even as a restaurant reviewer and food writer, I was a little nervous at what to expect – but I needn’t have been.
All the legislative precautions were in place but were just so unobtrusive I really didn’t even notice the staff wearing colour co-ordinated masks, copious hand sanitizers and having my temperature taken before entering, in fact my dining experience couldn’t have been better or more enjoyable.
Situated in the Old G.P.O., as my gran used to call it, the restaurant was very busy. The large outdoor seating area was full of people anxious to put their lockdown experiences behind them and enjoy the wonderful ambience of City Square with good food, cocktails and vino.
The restaurant itself is spacious and the wonderful ceiling of the old G.P.O (forgive me for using your words gran) has been retained and lovingly restored to its original glory (See our main picture). The décor is light an airy with lots of glass and light wood furnishings. The staff are friendly, informative about the menu, efficient and will go that extra mile to make the client’s dining experience special.
Our table was upstairs on the mezzanine floor over looking the main area below. There was a very exclusive feeling about dining up here as there were only around a dozen tables, all socially distanced and it has it’s own bar.
Whilst we perused the very comprehensive menu we ordered some Giant Apulian Cerignola Olives – and these are large and the portion was more than generous. There is a selection of both hot and cold starters I went for the Tempura King Prawns with a Chilli and Lime Jam.
The prawns were more than King they were Giant King and very succulent. The batter was light as air and crispy and the portion was more than generous. The Chilli and Lim Jam accompaniment was just right not too hot or spicy and brought out the flavour of the prawns.
My partner’s portion of Baby Back Ribs really pleased. Again there was a generous portion and the soy, mirin, lime gave them an enhanced flavour.
I chose Sole Meuniere for my main course from the Market Fresh Fish of the Day menu which changes frequently and is of course from sustainable sources. This is not an easy fish to cook but I must add this was cooked to perfection. The fish was tasty, moist and full of flavour. It was as I like it simply grilled with butter, lemon and parsley.
To compliment my fish I chose creamy spinach with pecorino cheese – not usually a fan of spinach this was absolutely delicious and not watery as this vegetable can often be and Pak choi, ginger and spring onion which again was full of flavour and I loved the strong ginger taste.
Ribeye Steak was the choice of my partner from the free range Las Pampas Argentinia range of steaks. The steak was tender and juicy and the bearnaise sauce was mouthwatering whilst the accompanying onion rings were crispy and flavoursome.
We shared a portion of house cut chips which were some of the best I have tasted in a restaurant. But all in all our side dishes could have done with being a little warmer.
After such a feast we decided to sample Petit Fours – Chocolate and Hazelnut Truffles which were my absolute heaven on a plate so chocolate tasting and yet with a mild taste of hazelnut and again a large portion.
The Restaurant, Bar and Grill is a place that lends itself to any occasion from a family or business lunch to a romantic dinner for two or a celebration with friends. It’s ambience is bustling, yet relaxed and its light and airy surroundings and large alfresco dining area make it the icing on the Leeds restaurant scene cake.
The Restaurant Bar and Grill, The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, Leeds. LS1 Opening Times: Monday – Friday 12 nooon to 11.00pm; Saturday 10.00am-12 midnight, Sunday 9.00am-10.30pm.
To Book Call: 0113 244 9625 or email Leeds@individualrestaurants.com