Angelica Leeds


andy scott Equus AltusAfter years of anticipation,  Trinity Leeds has finally opened for the public and there is now an Apple store in town. No longer will I have to drive all the way to Sheffield to sort out any Mac or iphone issues!

I can remember the same buzz and excitement when the Bull Ring in Birmingham opened nearly a decade ago.

Visiting Birmingham, my hometown I have always thought that what the Bull Ring was missing was a flagship  place to dine. Luckily Trinity Leeds has such a place as my other half and I found out.

Two restaurants, Crafthouse and Angelica occupy the fifth and sixth floors of Trinity. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Lee Bennett, he and his team have been able to create two very unique dining experiences with only a spiral staircase between them.

Crafthouse showcases the very best of Yorkshire produce with wines that are paired with the dishes. Whereas upstairs at Angelica the food is striped back, letting the flavours of the local produce complement extensive cocktail menu.

Both restaurants use locally sourced produce, with suppliers such as The Ginger Pig, The Staal Smokehouse Venture Seafoods and Dales Dairies featuring on both menus.

We ate at Angelica, the restaurant is a cool mix of chrome and glass. Over by the kitchen the display of the stunning fresh fish that is on offer caught my eye as well as the stunning selection of spirits that are displayed around the circular bar.

angelica fresh fish

The large sweeping windows means that you can see Leeds in its  panoramic glory. There is also a wrap round terrace which, will be brilliant in the summer.

I did venture out there to take some photos and was glad to see that there was plenty of outdoor heating.

angelica

Angelica has an extensive cocktail menu so we asked the waiter for her recommendation. She suggested that we try the Walk the line. This is a whiskey based cocktail made with pineapple juice and cardamon seeds. Not being a big whisky drinker, I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this cocktail was.

walk the line

The menu  is a mix of small plates, sushi and larger dishes, these are ideal for sharing. I was a little confused at first but just asked for some recommendations before we ordered: http://www.angelica-restaurant.com/uploads/pdf/angelica_menu_v1.pdf

steak and chips

Between the two of us we had the salt sea brisket in sourdough, salmon yuzu, steak & chips and lobster mac. As much as we both enjoyed all of it, the lobster mac was by far my favourite. I could have eaten mountains of the stuff, the creamy sauce and melt in the mouth morsels of lobster were simply addictive.

lobster mac

For dessert, warm seaside doughnuts, presented on a stick with cream and an apple compote. The doughnuts reminded me of the anticipation of waiting at the doughnut stall and seeing them fall out of the fryer before being scooped up on a stick, rolled in sugar an placed in a bag.

warm seaside doughnuts

The other half went for the burnt Cambridge cream which was like a creme brûlée with a perfect crack when breaking the burn caramel topping.

As our table at dinner was right by the staircase to Crafthouse we had a look downstairs afterwards and were impressed with what we saw.

Overall we both enjoyed our visit to the Angelica. There were a few small issues with the service, but seeing that our visit was during the soft launch I am sure that they will have been resolved before we make our next visit. Crafthouse is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so I am sure that this will be very soon.

Angelica: http://www.angelica-restaurant.com 

Level 6 Trinity Leeds 70 Boar Lane,
Leeds, LS1 6HW
Telephone: 0113 897 0099

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