Hello everyone, I hope you’re all well, today I wanted to share my experience of Bar and Grill in Leeds city centre, which is where I went to celebrate my 21st birthday with my family. Bar and Grill, Leeds was somewhere I’ve popped in on numerous occasions for drinks in the bar area, but never to dine. It was on my wish list to dine there for a while, so I was delighted to celebrate such a special birthday with my family there.
We arrived around a quarter of an hour early for our table, so that we could grab a drink at the bar before we were seated. We were given our tab card as soon as we arrived, meaning there was no fuss about paying separately at the bar, and that we could easily take our drinks over to our table. The feel and atmosphere of both the bar and dining area is great. I love that the bar area is right in front of the dining area, so that the vibe transfers whether you’re dining or just there for a couple of drinks. There’s a decent amount of bar seating, on high stools – it has a chic, classy and modern feel. There was little to no wait to be served, and the staff were attentive.
I was happy with the selection on the menu, as pescatarian I love to see various fish options, and there was a couple of vegetarian options too. One member of the family has a gluten free diet, so a separate menu was brought out which again had plenty of options, which was a great start. For my starter I went for the Thai Spiced Fish Cakes, which were beautiful. They were Atlantic wild halibut filled, served with a tomato and lemongrass sauce. They were packed with so much fish and flavour, and the tomato sauce was a perfect compliment to dip them into, and were served on a crispy sea weed base. They were what I would describe a ‘proper fishcake’; with plenty of flavoursome fish filling, rather than being filled with potato. They were lovely and crisp on the outside, and soft and creamy on the inside.
The Chargrilled Asparagus with poached duck egg and truffle butter sauce proved to be popular with my family, and went down a treat; along with the Tikka Spiced Chicken Skewers with mint sauce.
For my main course I went for the Smoked Haddock Risotto with leeks and poached duck egg. It was absolutely delicious; exactly how I like my risotto to be – rich and flavoursome, and nice and creamy. The poached duck egg on top was the perfect compliment to the dish, and came perfectly runny. My family enjoyed the salmon fishcakes – which based on my starter I could assume to be delicious, the Hickory smoked barbecue St. Louis cut ribs, and the Chateaubriand served with house cut chips, sauce of your choice, buttered spinach, roast tomato, and mushrooms.
By the time we came around to choosing deserts, we were all full and satisfied from our mains – so our orders were light options such as the ice creams, coffee, and chocolate truffles. Except my partner, who simply couldn’t resist the sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce – which I took a bite off and it was yummy; sticky toffee pudding is one of my favourite deserts ever. I opted for the vanilla ice cream, and my my mum the salted caramel ice cream – both portion sizes for which, were very generous.
The service was great throughout our evening, which I was impressed with considering how filled the place was by the time we were tucking into our mains. Service makes a huge difference to a dining experience, so I love it when staff are attentive. While Bar and Grill wouldn’t be somewhere I’d be making a weekly visit, due to it being on the pricer side, it felt like the perfect location to celebrate a special birthday and I really enjoyed my experience and my meal.
Have you ever been to Bar and Grill before? If so, what are your thoughts?
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