For over ten years Blackhouse has been renowned as being one of Leeds best restaurants, I have been a customer for many years and I have never been disappointed with my visit, you know what you’re going to get when dining here, tasty food within a stylish setting in the company of knowledgeable and passionate staff.
When I got the invite, along with some of Leeds top bloggers, to try first hand new additions to the lunch menu, I jumped at the chance! We were seated in the conservatory overlooking Bond Square, the retractable roof drawn back for us to feel the last of the evening sun. The conservatory is the perfect space for a special occasion, there is plenty of seating and outdoor heating for those colder days.
The starters began to arrive, and everything smelt as good as it looked. The array of dishes were placed on the table for us all to try. The pulled beef Bon Bon’s with burnt onion mayonnaise were an instant hit, they were soft, light and incredibly moreish.
The smoked haddock fishcake with watercress, lemon and lime mayonnaise was not only stunning to look at but so flavourful and fresh. If you’re in the mood for something a little more indulgent I would recommend the cauliflower cheese soufflé accompanied by twice baked pickled red cabbage, its the comfort food of dreams.
All three of these starters were popular favourites amongst our group. A selection of small dishes from the ‘nibbles’ part of the menu were also put on the table for us to try, all dishes available on this section of the menu are under £4 and although they are small they hit the spot. My favourites being the black pepper pork crackling and the Quails eggs with celery salt.
If you are after something a little different I’d say give the ham salt and cheese popcorn a go, it sounds a little odd but the flavours really compliment one another. Soon enough, to our delight the mains were on their way.
The Australian rump is always my go to, however I wanted to try something different as Blackhouse is not only known for its mouthwatering steaks, they have many seafood dishes to choose from as well.
I decided upon the Loch Duart seared Salmon with pea tortellini, citrus mayonnaise and parsley oil to finish. The salmon was cooked to perfection and the pea tortellini was a perfect accompaniment.
This is a classy and sophisticated restaurant that knows what good food looks and tastes like, all the while being looked after by staff that go above and beyond to ensure you have an enjoyable dining experience