Leeds restaurants are on a high right now, and most of the best aren’t London expansion joints. They’re local.
‘Five star food at affordable prices,’ says the Yorkshire Evening Post about Kendell’s Bistro, an eccentric and affordable French restaurant under the hands-on care of local chef Steve Kendell. ‘I’m not the best chef in Leeds, my mum is,’ he says, but his cooking was plenty good enough to win the Best Restaurant prize in the Leeds Restaurant Awards this year.
The Arts Café & Bar is another quirky local that got the attention of judges at the Oliver Awards this year – they handed it the Best Café gong. This intimate spot has a solid reputation for seriously good food with an interesting twist in very chilled surroundings. The artworks are local, too, and change every six weeks.
In fact, toptable has lots of award-winners on the books and ready to book: Thai Sabai, Piccolino, Van Zeller for Best Chef Tom Van Zeller, also a local, and Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor all were winners at the Oliver Awards 2010. Each of them is super in its own way and, as we know from toptable diner ratings, you love them too.
More Leeds restaurant pointers:
The super Ciao Bella is a gorgeous family-run Italian eaterie with a ridiculously affordable lunch menu.
Chino Latino burst on the scene a few years ago with its Nobu-trained chefs and cutting edge interior. It’s still at the top with superb pan-Asian food, a blazing Latin bar and a stylish crowd.
The Restaurant at The New Ellington is a brilliant find in the financial district, with super-quality modern British cuisine in a discreet dining room in a smart boutique hotel.
And two of Leeds’ fine restaurants at absurdly affordable prices are found in the Alea Casino – The Bird, for sublime Indian cuisine, and The Fig, for unforgettable Mediterranean food. Each is beautifully-appointed and has spiffy service, and you don’t need to be a member of the casino to dine in either.
Even better, Ciao Bella, Chino Latino, The Fig and The Bird are all toptable rewards points restaurants.
We at toptable are intrigued to watch the vibrant Leeds restaurant scene grow and grow. Leeds is leading, once again.