Blackhouse - The Grill on the Square
Two lovely steaks made their way to our table. Beautifully cooked (though one was perhaps a little closer to medium than rare as requested), the other came as a Posh Surf and Turf, surrounded by baby scallops, prawns and crayfish (£17), both accompanied by excellent home cut chips and steamed broccoli.
Not being a meat eater, it was great to have a fabulous selection of seafood – Moules Frites, Grilled Mackerel, Dover Sole, Yellow Fin Tuna, Grilled Lobster. I opted for the Sea Bass on a julienne of vegetables in Thai green curry sauce (£16.50). It tasted light and fresh and the flavours really complemented each other. Jack went for the Swordfish special – again nicely cooked and on a bed of spicy rice and Bok Choy.
If you haven’t discovered Blackhouse yet – do so! We were recently tempted down there on a friend’s recommendation, who claimed it was her favourite restaurant in Leeds. Well, we just had to try it. Arriving shortly after 7pm, we thought we were early but the place was already buzzing. Large tables, small tables – everyone chatting animatedly and diving into their food.
If you’re a meat eater, you’ll be in heaven. Blackhouse is famous for its steaks – rib eye, rump, sirloin, fillet T-bone, chateaubriand, they have them all – there’s even a Wagyu KOBE fillet (£55!) which claims to be ‘the tastiest meat in the world’ and has been ‘reared on a beer diet and massaged from birth’! We passed on this one.
But let’s start at the beginning. Two of our party decided to opt for the Rock Oysters (£9.75 for 6) as a starter. One was an oyster virgin and became unusually eloquent when trying to describe what they were like – it was like ‘exotic surf exploding in your mouth’, like ‘imbibing the essence of the ocean’, like ‘catching a wave’, a ‘sensation of texture and taste’! The Beef Carpaccio (£7.75) was ‘light, fresh and wonderfully sliced – so thin it melted in the mouth’. And, the Garlic King Prawns in the shell (£9) were equally delicious. This was all washed down with a lovely New Zealand Johnson Estate Sauvignon Blanc.
Solid, honest and simple proper food. Job done.
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