We live in an age where great restaurants are a given. There is so much competition out there and if like us, you live in or close to a vibrant city with fantastic restaurants on every street, it is rare to find one that is worth travelling to.
Let us introduce you to our favourite on the outskirts of Leeds in Pudsey – Seven Steps. We have been long time supporters of this great little restaurant and bar
This multi award winning restaurant and bar has always been one of our regular recommendations for our readers and followers. From the minute chef and co-owner, Joe Crowe set foot in the place, the transformation was immediate, and we have loved watching his success grow. He’s a workhorse and an absolute wizard in the kitchen, taking the Seven Steps to well-deserved glory.
We didn’t think it could get any better; until he teamed up with another talented chef, James Turner who joined him in the kitchen straight from the brigade at renowned Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds. Add to the team Chef de Partie Jack Johnston and the recipe has success written all over it!
Due to the strength of this crack kitchen team, Joe took a step back from the kitchen a while ago, concentrating on front of house and running the business, allowing James to take control of the kitchen and with his and Jacks culinary talents, elevate the reputation of Seven Steps even higher.
Together they refined menus that are sure to blow your mind – and your taste buds into orbit! There is always something new and wonderful to try, as we were to find out, even on the Sunday lunch menu.
We love Sunday lunch, a traditional roast with all the trimmings just can’t be beaten when done well and nowhere does it better than Seven Steps. On our most recent Sunday visit, it was so good to see the place buzzing as usual. There is always a buzz to this place and Joe greets everyone as if they are family, setting the scene for what is to be a superb dining experience.
What did we have? Let me tell you…
We started with Soy Glazed Mackerel with pickled shallots, braised pak choi, sesame and coriander plus, Baked Queenie Scallops with cheddar, gruyere cheese, garlic and herb crumb. The flavour of the mackerel was melt in the mouth perfection and perfectly balanced with the delicately pickled shallots and braised pak choi. The scallops were succulent, sweet and buttery and although you may think they would be overpowered by the cheese and garlic, nothing could be further from the truth. I wanted more!
My husband predictably chose the award-winning Roast Beef with all the trimmings for his main course, he would never move away from this as at Seven Steps, this really is award winning worthy! Nothing to say except superb!
Whereas I do love to try something new and the creative and the innovative ‘Chef’s Experiment’ always temps me here. Today was no different, I went with Pan Seared Venison Loin with leeks 3 ways (creamed, fondants and crispy), cauliflower puree, pickled cherries, dandelion and burdock!
Oh my goodness! What a fantastic creation. It is not often that I see venison on the menu and this was a real treat. It is hard to describe how delicious this plate of food was, I mean dandelion and burdock(!) who knew? All I can say is that before my plate arrived, I was looking at the roast beef coming out and thinking maybe I should have stayed with the traditional. Thank goodness I didn’t! This dish was pure genius, the ingredients elevating my main course to sublime and extraordinary.
After a respectable ‘rest’, Dave again stuck to his all-time favourite dessert of Dippy Egg and Soldiers – a chocolate creation like no other – even the spoon is made from chocolate!
I went with Peach Tarte Tatan with rum caramel, tonka bean ice cream and crystalised tarragon. I struggle to find the words to tell you how good this was! It was crispy yet melted in the mouth, it was tangy yet sweet, it was just flipping lovely!
The food this talented duo is presenting to the residents of Pudsey and beyond is incredible and if you live in Pudsey – how lucky are you! If you live in or around Leeds, what are you waiting for? See you there!