The best thing about the rapidly approaching winter months is the abundance of comfort food available in our favourite Leeds restaurants. Blackhouse seem to have got the memo this year and have served up a selection of dishes designed to entice the taste buds and warm the soul when it’s cold outside.
Considered something of a steakhouse institution in the city, 2019 has seen Blackhouse focus more attention on its seasonal menus and this latest offering might just be our favourite to date. We began with a selection of new starters, with the delicious Blackened Fish Tacos with guacamole going down especially well around the table. This dish could easily be a bestselling main.
The twice baked Cauliflower Cheese Souffle with pickled red cabbage was just okay for me, and no match for the Beef Brisket Pasty which is a real winner. Served with a fiery Wasabi mayo, these miniature parcels of tender beef are almost as moreish as the signature Pulled Beef Bon Bons, which are easily in the running for one of the best starters in Leeds.
As I was on a temporary booze ban (which is over now, thank God), I had to pass on the Shiraz which was flowing freely throughout the evening. Thankfully, Estrella Free Damn is not too shabby for a non-alcoholic beer and so my initial wine-envy soon disappeared.
For mains, I decided to switch things up a little and go with the Chargrilled Swordfish. Served with lemon caper butter, Pico de Gallo and skinny chips, this meaty fish steak really is an excellent new addition and my only regret is that I couldn’t enjoy it with a nice glass of white.
Across the table, the Blackhouse Cottage Pie with root mash and Wookey Hole Cheddar was scoring rave reviews. Consisting of brisket slow cooked for 14 hours, a stolen forkful confirmed its status as one of the best plates Blackhouse has put out in recent years.
The veggies present swore that it couldn’t be as good as the Spiced Aubergine Steak with katsu curry sauce, but nobody believed them (I mean, come on guys!). With no room left for dessert, we left happy and full on a promise to return to try the forthcoming festive menu. Given the current form of Blackhouse Leeds this year, it’s safe to say we’re in for a treat.
Blackhouse, The Grill on the Square, 31-33 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 5PS. Tel 0113 246 0669.