Leeds City Magazine writer and socialite, Rachel Flynn discovers how affordable an evening at Malmaison Leeds is and has a memorable dining experience.
I think it’s fair to say that Leeds as a city does fine dining rather well, and one place that has an exceptional reputation for such things is the Brassiere at Malmaison.
Now it would be easy to assume that a place of such high standards is going to break the bank balance and should only be reserved for special occasions, however put all assumptions aside and you will find that this fine dining is not only affordable but also comes in special offers.
The current offer on the table is the Malmaison ‘Chat Eau Briand’ at £25.00 per person, which I decided to take full advantage of for a long overdue catch up with my friend.
With Malmaison being situated slap bang in the city centre on Swinegate I have found myself spending many evenings down in the decadent Malmaison cellar bar, working my way through the cocktail menu or having a glass of bubbly or three with my mates, but had yet (until this Monday evening) stepped into the Brassiere Restaurant. Sticking with a classic dark wood and red brick decor the restaurant floor exudes quality and has hint of luxury in the air whilst still feeling relaxed. On arrival my friend and I were met by our waiter Alex who escorted us to our table, gave us the menu to browse over, and took our order of a crisp glass of vintage Chablis to start with ( the wine list is a connoisseurs dream).
When ordering we had already decided on the special Chat Eau Briand offer of tenderloin fillet, fries and bottle of Malbec to share as our main, but feeling in the mood to go the whole hog we also opted for a couple of starters to share. I was strait in with my order of my favourite starter Moules Mariniere and my friend spotted the Thai BBQ Chicken Lollipops with dipping sauce. The mussels in white wine sauce with parsley, garlic and shallots were huge, fresh and tasted devine with the creamy broth, and the sweet, sticky sauce went perfectly with the BBQ meat on the bone lollipops.
As already mentioned for main we had the Chat Eau Briand special, something I have not stopped harping on about ever since. We asked for our steak to be cooked medium rare and that’s exactly how it was presented to us, the meat was pink, tender and being 600mg in weight there was plenty to share. The offer came with a Bernaise sauce as standard, a buttery, calorific accompaniment which I could have quite happily scraped the pot out (had I not been in such a classy restaurant of course!), and a portion of skin on fries which came in their own ‘for your fries only’ tin, one of the many small details that gave the experience that signature Malmaison touch. The bottle of Argentinian Malbec that came as part of the deal had aromas of plums, cherries and violets, and was velvety with a clean finish. I’ve never thought of myself as much of a red wine drinker, however pairing this Malbec with the tenderloin steak may very well have made me a convert. As I have already mentioned the Chat Eau Briand offer is just £25.00 per person, with the quality of the meat, the wine, the presentation and the service it’s an absolute steal.
For dessert we could not resist the made to order pear Tart Tatin served with fresh cream. As it was made to order we waited a little longer than normal but this was not a problem, it gave us chance to let our feast so far settle, work our way down the bottle of Malbec and get the low down on the latest gossip. When the tart arrived it was definitely worth the wait, the pears were drizzled in a Carmel like sauce which had that satisfying stick to your teeth element, and the pastry was crispy in all the right places.
When dining in The Brassiere you can’t help but notice that extra special aspect it has to it, the calm ambience and expert service contributes to the well-deserved reputation that Malmaison has.
To finish our evening of fine dining at its best we retired to the cellar bar to wind down with a classic cocktail, a full belly and a slightly tipsy head…all the signs of a fantastic night!
Whether you’re looking for a quality evening with a good friend, or a romantic venue for a first date or anniversary, Brassiere at Malmaison is bound to impress, and I can confidently recommend the Chat Eau Briand as a must!
You’d be mad not to book!