I know January is supposed to be all about losing weight, fighting fit and healthy eating, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have the occasional treat right? So when I was asked if I’d like to check out the latest menu at FireLake Grill House at The Radisson Blu Hotel in Leeds, I couldn’t think of a better idea for a weekend treat.
FireLake Grill House is the elegant and chic looking restaurant and bar in The Radisson Blu Hotel. I’d always been a bit intrigued by the name… Upon arrival it became clear maybe where it derived from; the fire pit which is nestled in the middle of the cosy looking seating area and the Josper grill which takes centre stage in the kitchen! We were seated in one of the booths overlooking the kitchen, perfect for getting to see how some of the dishes were made up and get a few tips! The restaurant has a really nice feel, with sophisticated lighting throughout and a very elegant tiled floor!
Our drinks orders were taken, pinot blanc for Sam and a Birra Moretti for me whilst we looked over the menu. As well as the main menu, they offer a 2 course, 3 course and a 3 course ‘no bills’ wine option, which are to be selected from the set menu board. I did find this a bit limited, only having a choice of 2 mains. The beef tartar did catch my eye, it’s a shame you cant mix and match from the main menu as well, this would of definitely been my first choice for starter!
We were brought a couple of fresh bread rolls served with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. The bread was nice, but I did think it would have been better served with some knobs of butter or at least have olive oil and balsamic vinegar available on the tables.
For starter, we chose to share the Fire Lake board for two, £16, which was highly recommended by one of the waiters. The Fire Board is a combination of popular starters; lake it – trout terrine with orange and fennel salad, croquettes – crab, smoked ricotta, tomato and wild garlic chutney, mushrooms – from their famous forager on rarebit toasty and Yorkshire Board – cured meats of British chorizo, ham hock terrine, beetroot yogurt and fire warmed sour dough. I really liked how each item was described by the waiter when it was served to us.
Quickly it became apparent we’d definitely made the right choice! Each morsel was really delicious, but for me, the stand out items were the mushrooms on rarebit toasty, they had such a nice, almost earthy flavour to them. The beetroot yoghurt also stood out, such a refreshing and sweet taste. I can’t talk about the starter and not mention one of the main pieces; the Yorkshire board. The roast beef and Yorkshire ham being the stand out items.
For main course, we just couldn’t resist trying one of their signature cooked over charcoal dishes, the Chateaubriand for two, £55. This came served with hand cut chips, bloody mary tomatoes and choice of sauce; intense gravy (how very Yorkshire I know)! for me and black pepper for Sam.
Chateaubriand is a thick cut from the tenderloin fillet, it was cooked perfectly, medium rare as requested…. The josper grill certainly did a great job with this cut of beef, so lovely and tender and full of flavour.
The hand cut chips tasted amazingly good! Cooked three times; parboiled, then baked and finally fried. If only I could make them taste this good at home I’d be definitely winning at cooking! The bloody mary sauce had a bit of fiery zing to it but for me, the richness of the intense gravy went so well with the cut of sirloin.
After having two amazing tasting courses, how could we turn down looking at the dessert menu? We were both feeling quite full so opted to share the baked alaska, £6, a fiery re-entry descent dessert. They also do liquid desserts like the cheeky cheese cake (includes limoncello and vodka) for those with a light appetite!
The presentation of the baked alaska was quite theatrical! Having been coated in rum, the waiter set it alight then for further effect, dropped a bit of cinnamon which created some amazing flames, all right in front of us! The hard part was trying to blow out the flame afterwards, so not to burn the meringue too much… It was like a much harder version trying to blow out the magic birthday cake candles!
The baked alaska tasted really good, all the flavours and textures combined well. And those rum soaked strawberries had a bit of a kick, I could only manage a couple!
I have to say my experience at FireLake did surpass my expectations. The quality of the food was impressive, there’s a good selection of dishes on the menu to cater for most tastes. I also like how they use locally sourced ingredients and produce. The staff’s knowledge and attention to detail made the evening that bit more special. This is definitely a restaurant I’d visit again.
Have you visited FireLake? What did you think? Let me know by commenting below.