The first time we went to Kendells Bistro was over five years again and back then, there were still a few remnants of Neon Cactus. There was a also a brilliant deal of three courses and half a bottle of wine and food.
We instantly fell in love with the place.
Oh the food (we will get to that) as much as we love it, I would have to say that it’s the service as well that keeps us coming back. Every visit has a personal touch, it is clear to see that all the staff work extremely hard to ensure that the service is second to none.
That’s why over the last couple of years we have been to Kendells, to celebrate five birthdays (the last of which was mine last year), two anniversaries, a Christmas celebration and a my last leaving do.
Nestled on a back street in Leeds city centre, as soon as you enter you feel whisked away to a small bistro in Paris. The low lighting is intimate and each table is adorned with beautiful candelabra, covered in the candle wax of nights before.
There are no menus (apart from the wine list) but written across two chalkboards, are all the dishes and their availability. Tables are supplied with binoculars to help view the board.
On this occasion we were catching up with an old friend we had not seen since our wedding last year.
For starters the Other Half had, as he always does, the French Onion soup. When you break the thick crust of cheesy bread the smell of buttery onions hits you like a cloud of french perfume. The beefy stock and soft onions make this dish a meal in itself.
I went for the Gravlax light and refreshing as there was just enough dressing on the plate and our friend had the snails.
I have only had snails on a couple of occasions, I don’t mind them, what I liked about this dish was the they were out of their shells and in individual pockets in the dish.
After a delicious amuse bouche of apple, prune and calvados we moved on to our mains. These dishes were epic.
We decided to share the mains so, between the three of us we had an assiette de fruit de mer and a boeuf wellington. The presentation of the seafood was beautiful, like a waterfall assortment of different crustaceans. The seafood was perfectly dressed although I loved the lobster (who wouldn’t) my fave would have to be the whelks, they were so meaty and garlicy, just delicious.
Then onto the wellington, I have made a few in my time but this had to be one of the best I have tasted. The rich gravy, succulent beef, smooth lining of pate, crispy buttery pasty and deliciously creamy dauphinoise potatoes on the side, wow.
If you go to Kendells you need to have a dessert and seeing creme brûlée is my favourite , it would have been rude not too.
To end the night petit fours and a congratulations message on our recent nuptials from Steve, Sharon and the team.
For me Kendells really is the standard all restaurant should be aiming for in Leeds. Perfect food, service and atmosphere. Till our next visit…
3 St Peter’s Square,
Leeds LS9 8AH