THE RESTAURANT DREAMS ARE MADE OF
The towering above the Leeds skyline, The Crafthouse is the stuff restaurant dreams are made of.
For years it has been the hottest dining ticket in town and the ultimate place to see and be seen in.
Where else can you dine high above the twinkling lights of the city in such a sublime and surreal atmosphere – only at the Crafthouse.
Although we had made our way through a deluge to the Trinity Centre, when we arrived at The Crafthouse, via their private customer lift, we were given a warm welcome.
For a starter I chose Spring Pea Velouté with goats cheese and a black pepper scone. The soup was hot and really did taste of peas. The petit scone which rested on the dish side was tasty but the goats cheese was a very minute portion and tasteless.
My colleague’s Smoked Salmon with dill potatoes, red onions and rye crackers was tasty but there was not very much of it. The baby red onions were tasty and not overly pickled and added a delightful contrast to the overall taste.
Roast Belly Pork was my choice for my main. The pork was tender and just melted in my mouth. It came with broccoli and garlic potatoes with mustard sauce a good fusion of flavours to accompany pork.
Chicken Breast with asparagus, wild mushrooms and celeriac puree was my colleagues choice. Again the meat was very tender and the vegetables enhanced the flavour of the chicken.
We decided to order two sides – espelette and Parmesan fries was one, which I advise everyone to try. They are a divine type of fry with pepper and Parmesan and are so tasty . However we were disappointed with the truffle mac n’ cheese after being told it was pasta based we found it to be rice not pasta based and rather mushy in texture.
When the time came for sweets it was a difficult choice. My colleague was over the moon with her Tropical Eton mess. It had a wonderful contrast of tastes with meringue, vanilla diplomat and a delicious medley of tropical fruit.
My Banoffee Choux Religuese was just unbelievable. Anything Banoffee can sometimes be sickly sweet and overbearing – but not this one. Slices of banana, which decorated the plate, had a topping of burn sugar, vanilla ice cream, chocolate curls made up of the artistic display of this sweet, but the choux tower filled with banoffee (banana and toffee) made this sweet my heaven on a plate.
The Crafthouse has high standards of old fashioned customer service. Napkins are refolded after each course, glasses refilled without even asking and highly efficient and helpful staff are attentive but not overly intrusive. But it’s the presentation of the food which is totally outstanding with some of our courses coming to the table almost like works of art but with some unusual twists.
Open: Monday 5.00pm-10.00pm; Tues/Wed/Thurs 12 noon – 10.00pm; Fri/Sat 12 noon – 10.45pm; Sun 12 noon – 9pm
The Crafthouse in The Trinity Centre
Tel: 0113 617 0444 https://www.crafthouse-restaurant.com/menus/