Bar & Kitchen @LS1: New Spring Menu Launch

April 17, 2018 , In: Blog, Dining Out, Leeds, Yorkshire , With: No Comments
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Local, comforting and deliciously tasty are just a few ways to describe what Bar & Kitchen @LS1 is about.

Located on Wellington Street, in the Crowne Plaza hotel, the venue has recently undergone a refurbishment, with a new style and décor to reflect the flair of Leeds.Embracing the fundamental appeal and quirk of Leeds, LS1’s new design is chic yet homely, modern and subtly accessorised, with intimate booths as well as open plan seating.

You feel instantly at ease and in a familiar surrounding. And their new spring menu is a tease, with each perfectly thought out dish sounding like an absolute dream.

Whether you’re looking for a hearty stew, slow-cooked meats, seasonal veggies or Yorkshire classics, head chef Lee Miller’s spring menu is on to a winner.The menu hones in on Yorkshire flavours, with classics such as the pork pies and cheeses being sourced from within an 11-mile radius.

And whenever local isn’t an option, Lee seeks from slightly further afield, with meats coming in at a national scale, from British farms.So, the Spring menu offers a host of British classics with a contemporary Yorkshire twist, dishes that really pack a punch for flavour but also that welcoming homely taste.

Real lip-smacking stuff.To start with, the Yorkshire Charcuterie board was an absolute must, an ensemble of gorgeously cured meats, pickled vegetables and their exquisite house Henderson relish.

Nathan opted for the spiced pepper and tomato soup with cucumber yoghurt. The soup was accompanied by a freshly baked bread roll that the team create and knead themselves.

For the main, my choice of dish was the mouth-watering six hour braised beef cheeks, with Leeds brewery ale gravy and colcannon mash potato. What a delight. The meat was so tender and rich, and complemented perfectly with fluffy Irish spring onion mash.

Another fantastic choice, and extremely juicy and tender was Nathan’s option of the parmesan crusted Venison steak, butternut squash puree and red wine jus.It wouldn’t usually be one to order venison with the worry the meat would be tough or just not to my liking, with this experience putting my min completely at ease.

Both the beef and venison fell apart in the mouth.Sticking to a sweet final course, I chose the comforting flavours of a rhubarb and strawberry Bakewell, served with a creamy vanilla pod ice cream.

Whilst I chose sweet, Nathan opted for savoury which I was very happy about, for the cheese selection was my number two option. Served with the three cheeses was a chutney and water biscuits.Both plates were cleared up with no crumb in sight. Not one tiny piece.

Throughout the night, one core value was seen and tasted – this kitchen runs on a pure passion for food and is delivered by a team willing to learn and experiment with favours.

LS1 is on a mission, and pioneered by Lee, to source as local as possible, and it’s clear that this ethos is at the crux of each and every dish- quality produce with bold and fresh flavours.This code flows right through the food menu, and into the bar too, where here, you’ll find beers and ales produced from Leeds-based breweries to sup on, or even so incorporated into the gravies.

Another step closer to a truer reflection of what Leeds is all about.On that note, the pride and joy of Lee’s team is their commendable gravy, one that has been referred to as liquid gold.

Their marrow bone gravy, which is built up from the basics and goes through a lengthy process to perfect and package up its rich flavours, is served with Yorkshire finest dippers – a tear and share Yorkshire pudding.Bar and Kitchen @LS1 is yet another top-notch restaurant Leeds can boast about, with a highly recommended visit for a menu that’ll make any mouth water.

A spot of lunch or a sophisticated evening dinner, you’ll be guaranteed to be well fed with the contemporary flavours of Leeds.

Have you been to LS1 before?

Charlotte xox

*I was invited to review the new Spring menu in return for an honest post.
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