I went to a fab new restaurant last night – Dish on Great George Street, which brings modern British dining to the Electric Press in Leeds. It’s housed in what has been a noodle/sushi bar and a tapas/ wine bar in recent years and is now a cosy restaurant of about 10-15 tables.
We were lured in by the good value pre theatre menu which had some exciting sounding options to choose from. I opted for a starter of saffron macaroni cheese with aged parmesan and tallegio. The saffron gave it in obvious muskiness and the stinky cheeses helped the comforting dish feel decadent. Topped with a crispy crumb crust it was the perfect dish for a wet and windy evening.
My main course was a slow roast chunk of belly pork with bean and bacon cassoulet and fennel and chilli black pudding – porktastic! Every single element of this dish was stunning. The pork meat was soft and tender but topped with perfectly crispy crackling. The black pudding was out of this world, crumbly and full of unusual flavour from the spicing – I was impressed that it was homemade as well, amazing! What’s more the dish was finished off with a shard of even more crunchy crackling. It was a real treat dish for a tepid Tuesday!
The pre theatre menu is very flexible, you can pay for as much or as little as you want to eat. I opted for the £16.50 for three courses, although I could have upgraded for £3 to get a glass house wine (we decided to choose our own wine as the list was very promising). My dessert was a sweet and chewy treacle tart with an unusual cherry cream. My dining partner opted for lashings of Yorkshire Blue cheese with all the trimmings, which I was very jealous of!
When we first arrived the restaurant was more or less empty. Reassuringly as our meal progressed each table filled up. No doubt groupon is encouraging new people to try, which is no bad thing for a new venture. I have to say that I was more than impressed by all the homemade food, it was a refreshing change to a lot of the chains that Leeds is filling up with at the moment. With independents closing down all over the shop (Dock Street Market being the most recent) we really do have to support these local businesses in times of hardship, otherwise our high streets will be empty and boring. Anyway, there’s no excuse with Dish as the food is pretty darned good. I’m sure next time I pop down I’ll be fighting for a table!
The pre theatre menu runs most evenings from 5pm to 7pm. A good lunch and snack menu is served from 12pm to 2.30pm. Check out the website for more details. http://dishdining.co.uk/