Anybody that knows me, will know that I love my food.
Living in the centre of town, this gives me plenty of options to try, but one place that always stands out to me is Blackhouse - The Grill On The Square - a modern, sophisticated bar and steak restaurant. The last time I dined there was to celebrate that I had a 2:1 in my Spanish degree, so it does hold some lovely memories. Naturally, I was delighted when on Tuesday, 30th July, Blackhouse kindly invited me and my other half to dine with them and enjoy a live Swing band in the form of Dominic Haplin & The Honey B's.
We sat down at 7.30pm and were eating within fifteen minutes or so. The service was speedy, but not rushed, and the staff were all very pleasant and welcoming. Which always gets a big thumbs up from me, as they are always part of the experience in any restaurant.
The food... Well.
The food was nothing short of amazing. My boyfriend was in his element with a starter of camembert, crumbled nuts, croutons and cranberries, and the hoisin sauce that accompanied my duck spring rolls was delicious (I'm pretty sure it's not normal to eat the full pot, but I was layering that stuff on like it was going out of fashion).
For the main meals - it would've been wrong not to have steak in a steak restaurant - so I opted for fillet steak, my favourite, with home-cut chips and the other half; 'the special,' sirloin steak with crispy bacon and stilton (are you detecting his cheese addiction yet?) on a bed of mustard mash. Both steaks were cooked to perfection and extremely tasty, plus very hearty (but not overbearing) portions. If steak isn't your thing I think it's also worth mentioning that they have a very impressive seafood menu and a couple of vegetarian options!
If we weren't full enough then, along came the desert menu. And trust me when I say, it really is hard for me to turn down a pudding! It was a hard choice, as everything sounded so good, but in the end I opted for creme brule with raspberry coulis (because that makes it healthy, right?!) and a cashew nut tuille. My boyfriends choice was a no brainer when the waitress described the Fruit Berry Trifle as one of their best sellers and similar to a 'good old fashioned trifle like your grandma makes at Christmas' - he was sold.
Again, both deserts were genuinely amazing. The creme brule sugar top cracked, like all good creme brule's should, but still melted in your mouth. The trifle was definitely a more modern version than any I've ever seen and it was pretty much gone in sixty seconds - so I think thats also a big thumbs up from him!Whilst all of this food was being devoured, Dominic Haplin was singing some wonderful 'old school' Swing favourites, such as; Fly Me To The Moon, Moon River and Somewhere Beyond The Sea (all of which had me bopping about in my seat). The live band aspect really added something special to the atmosphere and I really enjoyed listening to him. Blackhouse usually have a piano player most nights, which is also great - you just can't beat live music!
Anyway, if it wasn't already obvious, we had an absolutely wonderful time. It was one of the best restaurant experiences I've personally ever had, and one of the best I've had at Blackhouse. If you're in Leeds, I would 100% recommend you give them a try!
Where's your favourite place to eat?
*the meal was paid for by Blackhouse, but that doesn't alter any of the above in any way, shape or form, my stomach was extremely happy!