Saturday, 7 December 2013

Roxy Ball Rooms - Boar Lane, Leeds

Not one for normally writing a non-food related post.. this is a food blog after all. This is an establishment which will be serving food eventually however... so they are just getting away with it. Needless to say I wasn't exactly impressed to be invited along to the press event as a 'food blogger' and to be told within 5 minutes of arriving that they were holding off launching their pizza kitchen until January...

So this will be a relatively short post in which I introduce you to Roxy Ball Rooms a new bar in Leeds which opens to the public tonight.

Friday, 29 November 2013

The Pit - Chapel Allerton, Leeds - A Sneak Preview

The ever expanding Arc Inspirations empire has now put it's stamp on Chapel Allerton.

You'd be correct in thinking that there is already a place in Leeds with the same name 'The Pit', this is the City Centre's little sister (the feminist within can't help myself). I haven't directly compared the menus but they look pretty similar with big bolchy American food such as ribs, burgers, pulled pork, Philly Fries (fries topped with onions, mushrooms, brisket and monetary Jack cheese). All the 'now foods' or to put another way ... The latest fashion food.

I was lucky enough to be invited along for a sneak preview the night before they opened. A promise of champagne and canap├ęs of the food eventually on offer can't keep me away. 

I took along V for the ride. 

We arrived 5 to 10 minutes after they opened the doors to fellow VIPs (get me) and walked in... To find there were no tables left. However, the place was much larger than expected and with champagne flute firmly in our clutches we parked ourselves next to the kitchen. To get a good view of the food being made and also hoping to get first dibs when it eventually came out. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Guide: Christmas in Leeds City Centre

Have you been tasked with the job of trying to find a place that not only accommodates your budget but also all your work colleagues, family members, club associates etc....???

I have created a guide to try and help!

I was considering including restaurants outside of Leeds city centre too.. but the list was just becoming too long and I would have ended up writing this post until Christmas... which would defeat the object of the task.

I have arranged the restaurants in to price per head and also provided links to the Christmas menus for easy clicking (a they are often not easily found on websites as I have found...).

Festival Food - Bingley Festival

I have only ever been to two festivals (and I have camped at neither), both of those festivals have been Bingley Music Live in 2012 and 2013. It's local and it's cheap and I love it.

I did plan to write this post last year but got caught up in a few things and it was never published. This year I was determined... determination is however effected by the amount of alcohol that makes its way in to your belly.

However here is my (poor) attempt at a review of this years food at Bingley festival.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Mrs Atha's - Leeds

I've visited Mrs Atha's before now, it was last year in the depth of winter, I wasn't really blogging at the time (you will note the big gap in posts between summer and winter) so I was determined to visit again and post a review as I really like the place.

Mrs Atha's sits behind House of Fraser in Leeds City Centre, in what previously used to be a cheap clothes shop I think. It is as deceptive from the outside as Little Tokyo it's neighbour is. There are seats outside now it is summer and as you walk in you will notice the room stretches far back and there is a cosy downstairs too (not so cosy in summer - more sweltering).

The menu is displayed on blackboards to your left as you walk in with a delicious display of cakes along the counter. They have plenty of hot drinks to choose from but with it being summer I settled on a cherry coke and R a rose lemonade.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Blackhouse (The Grill On The Square) Leeds

Blackhouse sits on East Parade Leeds in the former location of Est Est Est. I hadn't eaten at either of these restaurants until last Friday... as Est Est Est is no longer there it's pretty obvious that I went to Blackhouse.

I have heard mixed reviews in regards to Blackhouse, some rave about it - their post Christmas special offers in particular. Whereas some have told me they have left feeling a little disappointed. I prefer to visit places with an open mind and judge them for myself so I didn't take any of this in to account I just thought I'd mention it...

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Bar 166 & Bistro - Horsforth, Leeds

It's fair to say that I don't travel to Horsforth very often, from where I am living currently it takes me a train a bus and walk to get there. However Horsforth has caught my eye as a potential place to live when I come to move on next. The size of the town centre surprised me when I first saw it, there are a plethora of bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes and a few charity shops too. It looks like a nice place to settle down.

I was delighted to be invited to Bar 166 & Bistro in Horsforth due to the above and from reading through their website. On their website they proudly display their Trip Advisor 'Certificate of Excellence', their food is from local producers where possible, and their ethos is to create luscious British food at an affordable price.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

The Handmade Burger Company - Leeds

The Handmade Burger Kitchen is as new to me as it is to Trinity. I haven't previously visited one of their restaurants although their website tells me there are 17 of them in the UK, mainly in the North and four of them in Scotland

Friday, 16 August 2013

Don't Tell Titus - Saltaire

I've visited Don't Tell Titus before for lunch and a couple of times for drinks. I wasn't too impressed by their lunch (see here) but I had been told that their evening restaurant menu was better.

One warm summers evening R and I were looking for somewhere nice to eat in Saltaire, preferably with a beer garden. However it was pushing 7.30pm by the time we finally managed to get out of the house and the places on Bingley Road didn't appeal. We walked down to Roberts Park to find that the Boathouse Inn were to stop serving food at 8pm... it was now 7.55pm. So we headed towards Don't Tell Titus, by this time just trying to find anywhere still serving food. 

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Patisserie Valerie - Leeds St Paul's Street

Brunch with the girls is one of life's pleasures. Trying to find a perfect place to have brunch with the girls is not. This place might not be perfect but it's pretty damn close.

A new Patisserie Valerie has opened in Leeds down St Paul's Street near the corporate part of town. I've never been to Patisserie Valerie mainly because it always looks jam packed and claustrophobic on Albion Street. This one is slightly out of the way for your weekend shoppers so we decided to give it a go.

Patisserie Valerie is great for brunch because they serve brunch all day! Great for those who struggle to get out of bed for an early brunch... Or those of you who have friends who are always late... 

Another reason why it's great for brunch is the massively appealing cake selection!

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Primos Hotdogs - Themed Night

Primo's Gourmet Hot Dogs in Leeds Corn Exchange are doing a number of themed nights until December. Having seen one blog post of a previous night I was keen to give one a go. I chose to go to the American themed night on Independence Day (July 4th) which they named 'Dixie'.

A set menu of three courses with a drink to accompany each course. A £5 deposit is needed per person to book and the total cost is £17.50 each.

Browns 1973 menu - Leeds

I can't remember how or when but I signed up to 'friends of Brown's' emails but it was a long time ago. The last time I visited for food was about 4 years ago. I've popped in for the odd cocktail (on a few drunken nights) but I was never tempted to eat there again... From what I can recall the last time I visited I had steak and it was sent back, only to return with the same chips by then stone cold.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Tweet for a Table - Leeds

About a month ago now an email popped up in my inbox from Co-operative food. They were touring the country doing something called 'Tweet for a Table'.

A pop up restaurant that as the name suggests you have to tweet to get a table. Lucky for me I didn't even have to do this... they asked me if I wanted a table for me plus a couple of friends.

I gladly obliged. Clearly.

Myself and two work colleagues went after work (our reservation pre-booked) excited to see what food would be served to us (for free!).

At 5.45pm we turned up (already told not to be late...) and were seated in their float like restaurant. It was nice to be sat outside dining alfresco and funny to see all the perplexed looks from people walking by.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Primo Ristorante - Leeds

Another groupon deal and another restaurant not previously on my radar introduced to me.

This deal offered a pizza and a drink for two for a small price (I can't remember the exact price as I bought it months ago and left it to the last minute to use it - plus it's useless information to you anyway because it is no longer on living social/groupon). 

Primo Ristorante is not to be confused with Primos hotdogs in the Corn Exchange. This Primos is an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant located near Wellington street along the same square edge as Lazy Lounge. Their doors open at lunch times, closing in the 'in                                                            between' and re opening for evening meals.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Old Amsterdam Cheese and Wine Event hosted by Sam's Chop House

Last week I was invited to attend a wine and cheese event presented by Old Amsterdam hosted by Sam's Chop House. Sam's Chop House kindly provided the wine and most graciously their fabulous sommelier George.

An email was sent to me prior to the event by the PR Company which detailed the guest list, I noted that there was no familiar names? None of the usual Leeds food bloggers appeared to be attending?! Due to this when TDS and I arrived I had no idea who was a blogger and who was a PR girl/Old Amsterdam rep/Sam's Chop House employee. It soon became clear that we were the first 'bloggers' to arrive and quickly took a pew whilst ordering an ice cold drink (remember how sweltering hot it was on Wednesday 19th June - perhaps just a distant memory now?).

Monday, 10 June 2013

Giraffe, Breakfast - Greek Street,Leeds

This establishment has now closed on Greek Street but you can still find them in the Trinity Centre. 

I haven't found too many places in Leeds to get a really good breakfast, but I had walked past Giraffe a few times before work and noticed the signs displayed advertising breakfast. So when the decision came to having breakfast last bank holiday Giraffe sprang to mind.

The place was almost empty with just one other couple sat at a table at the back.  We were greeted and seated almost straight away and treated to a table beside the window.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Miller and Carter - Leeds City Centre


Miller and Carter is a small group of steak-house restaurants in the UK. Previously the only restaurant in Leeds was the one situated in Garforth (see my previous post here) but it would appear they are expanding with the appearance of a new restaurant located on The Headrow on the outside of The Light. 

I was invited along to try out their new restaurant (I'm presuming my previous post aided this). I was happy to oblige as I always like to see how restaurants have progressed especially during expansion - as far too often quality can be substituted for mass...

The table was booked for 7.30pm on a Thursday night and I took TDS along for the ride. 

Monday, 1 April 2013

Procrastination With Food #1: How To Make The Perfect Toastie

Procrastination is one of those things that starts as something really small... a passing comment, a shared post on facebook, a retweet on twitter or an article in a paper or magazine. Which then becomes almost an art form as it grows and grows in to a small project... which then turns in to a blog post, and then perhaps a blog feature (TBC).

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Yo! Sushi - Trinity Leeds

Sometimes in life it really is who you know rather than what you know.

I was absolutely delighted when Mystical Aromatic Lady (MAL) invited me to be her plus one for the preview night at Yo! Sushi before it and the whole of Trinity Leeds opens to the public on 21st March 2013.

We arrived at the entrance behind Marks and Spencer's gave our names and were led into Trinity Leeds, both of us were extremely excited about what it would be like inside; what shops and restaurants there would be. The lifts and escalators were not in working order so we were led to the back stairs up to the restaurant floor of Trinity Leeds.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Kopi! KOPI! - A review about coffee

For my first guest blogger I would like to welcome TDS... 

Sometimes, life drops something into your lap for free. Free of charge, free of effort. My most recent slice of fortune came in the form of a black and yellow pouch of coffee. Breadstickler received a sample of Kopi coffee, a new monthly coffee subscription service, and had the good grace to share it with me (read: gave it to me as she doesn't actually like coffee…)

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Rib Shakk - Leeds

Please note this establishment has now closed. 

I enjoyed Rib Shakk so much last time I couldn't wait to go back.

It's a great place to go on a Saturday afternoon, as long as Anthony's is not hosting a wedding and thus the whole place closed off... it's tres annoying. 

This time I decided to branch out and not get the standard rack of ribs. Instead I decided upon a Rib Burger. 

We were informed on this occasion that they had run out of piri piri sauce, a little disappointed I decided to go for the San Diego Style sauce. The rib burgers are basically just the meat pulled off of the bone and then placed in a burger bun, perfect if you don't like getting too messy (there is still a bit of mess to be had as it's quite hard to keep rib meat in a bun).

Henry's - Leeds

Please note this establishment has now closed. 

Just a short post about Henry's on Greek Street.

I wasn't too familiar with Henry's until I started working in the area, it wasn't somewhere that ever caught my eye or fancy. They do tend to have a lot of offers on and if you're lucky you can grab a pamphlet full of vouchers every so often to get a bottle of house wine for £9.95.

This occasion was drinks after work with the (sex and the city) girls who shall be referred to as Samantha, Charlotte and Carrie (because I have never met anyone who wants to be Miranda).

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Distrikt Leeds

I've wanted to go to Distrikt for some time, plans have been made many times and each time those plans have fallen through. So I was delighted when a friend suggested we go. This said friend also noted that it wasn't a great place to go on a Friday/Saturday night for food as it turns in to a bar each night... however they still decided to book a table for Friday night... keep reading to see why this is an error.

Distrikt can be easily missed as it lies just off Boar Lane on Duncan Street and is located in a basement under the parade of shops/hairdressers/failed-fake-subway-like-eatery. It's hard to believe that Distrikt will be celebrating it's fourth birthday this year as it doesn't feel like it's been there two minutes (or two years).

The cuisine is described as Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tapas, sounded good to me as I love Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food and above all tapas.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Rustique Restaurant - York

I LOVE visiting York, and should really visit more now that one of my close friends lives there...I was in York visiting said friend (who shall be known for the remainder of this post as 'Super-Model-Sexy i.e SMS) for shopping and lunch.

We both love eating out and shopping which is a fabulous combination, wanting to try somewhere different and somewhere that has been on my radar for a good while (since the disappointment of Blue Bicycle actually) we looked up Rustique on the good old iPhone.

It was a cold Sunday afternoon and we were looking for some wonderfully warming food that wouldn't disappoint. We spotted on Rustique's website that they had a set menu which was relatively cheap so headed in that direction.

Friday, 15 February 2013

The Boathouse Inn - Saltaire - Revisited

I've been back to the Boathouse Inn a couple of times since my last blog post so I thought it might be a good idea to share the other options they have.

For the non-drinkers or those who don't fancy an alcoholic drink there are a few more options than your regular pub. Ginger beer being the pick of the day on this occasion.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Riverside Cafe - Knaresborough

Alongside the river banks in Knaresborough there are numerous cafes, pubs and small eateries. On this day I was in a rather indecisive mood, and as usually follows I ended up thoroughly fed up of looking for a place to eat and not finding somewhere that immediately grabbed me... and what follows that is me choosing the nearest place and this place more often that not turns out to be a total let down...

This is where Riverside Cafe comes in to my day out in Knaresborough.

I was starving, the weather was roasting (it has taken some time to publish this post) and there were seats outside. We sat down. I looked at the menu, it was a typical tourist cafe. Chips, beans, sausages, cakes and ice creams.

Due to the heat neither me and my company for the day were looking a big meal but rather a small snack.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Ikea - Leeds

Okay so this may be sinking to a new level for the blog.. however I had never tried Ikea meatballs and I had been repeatedly told that you can't go to Ikea and not have meatballs or at least a 60p hot-dog.

So after my nephew (9 years) told me over and over again how AMAZING he thought they were, and I was taking a trip with him and my brother I thought 'okay I'll give them a try'.

Is there anyone else out there who hasn't had these meatballs or am I just about to tell everybody something that they already know?

The range of meals in the Ikea 'restaurant' aren't great and varied, I think there were perhaps four or three options? Meatballs, fish and chips, a vegetarian dish and something other... The meals come in three sizes, small medium and large.

Monday, 4 February 2013

McNic Fisheries - Shipley

I've found one albeit it expensive chippy in the area which I like, the portions aren't huge either so I'm not settled on that one.

I decided to try McNic Fisheries in Shipley town centre, it was a toss up between this one and the one next door... I'm not sure why I decided to chose this one over the other, maybe because it looked less like a fish restaurant for old people.

It's quite big inside and there was only a couple of other people in there. They advertise that they can keep their prices low because it's self cleaning... i.e. you need to clean up after yourself. Some of the staff looked pretty bored... I'm sure it wouldn't cost them to much to keep them occupied.

Anyway... it doesn't bother me to clean up after myself I need stop being a ......

The Victoria Tearooms - Saltaire

I seem to be making my way around a lot of tearooms lately and I am definitely not complaining. There are a lot of them about at the moment, they seem to be the 'in thing' and this makes me a little sad because I love them so much and as with all things that are in one day/week/month/year they will be out the next.

I hope they aren't just a fad and that they are here to stay.

I've had a few suggestions as to why tearooms are surging in popularity and are in vogue at present. Firstly we seem to be regressing in time, during the early 1900s Tearooms became popular as an alternative to drinking and seen to be as a popular place for women. With the expulsion of smoking inside and drinking being highly publicised as being bad for you we seem to be looking for alternatives once more and have turned once again to tearooms. Have a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake and have a natter.