01st Feb, 2018
Where To Indulge In Michelin Star Food In Leeds
Words by Joe Boyd
If you want to really treat yourself or your loved ones in Leeds, you should try out these restaurants with a Michelin Star; or the ones we think deserve one!
Sometimes, you want to experience the very best dining you can. This generally means trying to find a Michelin-starred restaurant, where you know you will be eating the most delicious food, be served with style and enjoy a great atmosphere. If you’re in Leeds, you have a couple of fantastic options. However, it’s not always easy to get into these venues, as they’re often fully booked. To help you out, we’ve provided you with some other options. While these restaurants don’t currently have a Michelin star, we think they deserve one.
The Man Behind the Curtain
Run by chef-patron Michael O’Hare – who you may recognise from BBC1’s ‘Great British Menu’ – The Man Behind the Curtain is one of Leeds’ hidden treasures.
Located above Flannels on Vicar Lane, you’d hardly know it existed if not for its reputation. The restaurant is currently the only Michelin-starred establishment in the city of Leeds, and it’s easy to see why. The food is like nothing you’ll ever experience, and looks more like modern art than something you’re supposed to eat.
Inside, you’ll be served a 10 to 14-course tasting menu that will include elements such as birds nest and kimchi ramen, wagyu beef with a cordial of olive juice, and foie gras donuts. Each individual course might not be for everyone, but the overall experience is mind-blowing and such a great experience.
68-78 Vicar Ln, Leeds, LS1 7JH
The Box Tree
If you’re willing to travel a little way outside Leeds city centre, you’ll find the Box Tree on Church Street in Ilkley. Another restaurant with a Michelin star, this restaurant is renowned for providing a prestigious experience and some fantastic food.
The menu changes each day, but in general, you can expect exquisitely cooked versions of haute cuisine classics.Executive chef Simon Gueller has been head chef of two other Michelin-starred restaurants before this one, so you know you’ll be in good hands.
At the Box Tree, you can expect dishes like loin of Richmond Park deer with a boudin noir and potato terrine, cavolo nero purée, savoy, and a spiced port jus. Your meal can finish with a luxurious dessert, such as the restaurant’ s prune and armagnac soufflé, served with a rum crème anglaise
35-37 Church St, Ilkley, LS29 9DR
Speaking of the Box Tree, one of its previous head chefs – Mark Owen, who was also head chef of Michelin-starred the Star in Harome – now runs Home, in collaboration with Masterchef semi-finalist Elizabeth Cottam. Situated on Kirkgate, it seems like only a matter of time before this spectacular restaurant gets a Michelin star of its own.
Home offers a more easy-going version of fine dining, with both five and ten-course tasting menus on offer in a bright, relaxed environment. The five-course menu is available on Sundays, with the ten-course served the rest of the week, and all food options are changed each month.
The first menu of 2018 features classic British flavours with unique twists. You can expect artichokes served roasted, fresh, puréed and in an ice cream with hazelnuts, aged lamb with pan fried and beetroot ‘sauerkraut’ and a whipped bone marrow butter, and finish off with a honey cake with fennel, mead, and a toffee and yogurt ice cream.
16/17 Kirkgate, Leeds, LS1 6BY
If you’re after all the trappings of fine dining without the hefty price tag, Shears Yard is the place to go. Located on Wharf Street down by The Calls, it’s one of Leeds’ favourite restaurants for a reason: great food at half the price of the other restaurants we’ve mentioned.
Created by the team behind Arts Cafe, you could be forgiven for thinking this establishment was more of a trendy gastropub than a fine dining restaurant. However, inside you will find a gorgeous five-course tasting menu with an optional wine flight.
While it’s changed regularly, some of the courses on offer include slow-cooked beef brisket rolled in air dried ham, with malt glazed parsnips, and a parsnip and smoked bacon jam; cured sea trout with a smoked trout croquette, wasabi and cucumber; and finished off with the restaurant’s handmade petit fours.
11-15 Wharf St, Leeds, LS2 7EH
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