January is the month for Blackhouse with its 50% off deal. Despite being part of a small chain it’s something of a Leeds institution and one of the first places friends will recommend when asking where’s good to eat in town? Praise needs to given to the setting. With a backdrop of fairy lights, regular pianist and dim lit booths, you feel like you’re on for a proper night out.
You come here for the steaks which are cooked to perfection, some might consider their version of rare – pretty rare but it’s perfect for me and friends who came along. After a few visits now, what comes across is the real passion and care taken over there steak dishes. Accompaniments are spot one, the chips are crunchy and seasoned to perfection, the mash smooth and creamy, the green beans have the right crunch and a welcome kick of garlic and the Bearnaise sauce was thick (almost too thick to leave the pot) and wonderfully sharp. However my personal favourite was the Diane sauce, only difficulty is getting ever last drop out of the gravy boat with a chip. On a recent visit I shared the chateaubriand with my other half, definitely worth it as a one off but the individual steaks are my preference for taste. The sirloin lives up to the menu’s description of ‘big beefy flavour’.
The magic they produce with their steaks, doesn’t quite translate to their starters but they’re still worth having. They have a very tempting selection and most won’t be disappointed. The duck spring rolls are a real treat, the sweet sticky sauce bringing the dish to life. The chicken skewers are tasty but the scattering of sesame seeds doesn’t quite add enough crunch to what is otherwise a delicious dish, it also lacked some promised spice.
The prices are fairly high but as their moto states they sell ‘solid, honest, simple, proper food’ – you’re paying for quality products, brilliant service and a great atmosphere. I haven’t yet got as far as the desserts as generally have been much too full. A consistently impressive venue in the city centre that take real care over what they serve, great stuff!
I’ll see you there!