Model, city professional and man about town Adam Ullah heads to Malmaison Hotel Leeds to check out their new menu
Malmaison is one of my favourite places to go and eat in Leeds, so when they launched their new A La Carte menu last week I thought I would go down and check it out.
I have been several times now so I know all the staff really well, they are always really friendly and chatty and it’s nice to keep going back to a place to dine knowing you will get looked after.
Me and my mate Dale went down there on Wednesday night, it was a red hot day so when we arrived we had a few drinks at the bar to cool down before sitting down to eat. Luckily for us it is fully air conditioned in the bar and restaurant so we were soon chilled and ready to be seated.
Oliver, the Food and Beverage Manager, showed us to our table and gave us both menus to look at. We both had a read through the menu and wanted to order everything, we were spoilt for choice. Our waiter for the night was Kaine, he asked us if we needed any help with the menu and talked us through what he recommended.
Dale decided to have the Seared Cornish Scallops, served with chorizo, spinach puree, samphire & vierge dressing. After the waiter’s recommendation, I went for the Pepper Seared Rump Beef Carpaccio, served with cauliflower and roast garlic cream, tempura florets, black truffle dressing, parmesan and dressed leaves. This isn’t something I would usually go for or ever had before but I thought I would give it a go.
When the food came I was very impressed, as always the presentation was spot on. it looked too good to eat, but we were both really hungry so soon tucked in. I can’t believe I have never tried carpaccio before I absolutely loved it. It was so tasty and full of flavour. I did try one of Dale’s scallops and they tasted amazing and cooked to perfection.
For the main course, my mate decided to go for Fish of the Day which was Salmon served with seasonal vegetables, new potatoes, and a side of hollandaise sauce. I asked our waiter Kaine what was new on the menu as I wanted to try something different. I was torn between two but in the end I decided to go for the Yorkshire Dale Lamb Cutlets which is a pan fried cutlet & braised lamb neck, light vegetable broth and a jus vinaigrette. Lamb is my favourite meat but I have only ever had lamb shank and never tried lamb cutlets so thought I’d give it a go.
After a short wait the main courses arrived and both were picture perfect. I couldn’t wait to tuck in. After the first mouthful I knew I had made the right choice, perfectly cooked and seasoned full of flavour, it was a really tasty dish. Both were very reasonable sized portions, so much so that when we had finished our main courses we were asked if we wanted dessert but we had to have a breather as we were stuffed from the starter and main.
We waited for about half an hour for our food to settle and deliberated over the dessert menu. Dale was still stuffed so he just got Blackcurrant Sorbet, at that point Oliver came to ask if everything was ok and he asked what I was going for. I asked for his recommendation and he said go for the Passion Fruit Tart, which is a new addition on the menu. I love passion fruit so went with that.
The desserts came shortly after and looked amazing. The Passion Fruit Tart came with blackberries, blackcurrant sorbet and passion fruit curd. It wasn’t over facing and was just enough to finish off with. Really sweet and refreshing and it went perfectly with the blackcurrant sorbet, I really enjoyed it.
Our waiter Kaine really looked after us, he was very polite and chatty and we all had a laugh together while sinking quite a few gin and tonics (obviously just us two not the waiter!).
The new menu, which was launched in May has your standard classics on there along with some classics with a twist and some completely new dishes for you to try.
Also to go with that, they have launched a seasonal fixed price menu for spring, which includes great dishes such as Pan Fried River Trout, and this changes every quarter. For the spring fixed price menu you can enjoy any 2 courses for £19.95 or if you’re feeling really hungr,y you can go for 3 courses which is only £24.95 which I think is an amazing price.
If you are staying over night at the hotel, depending on your room rate, residents can have 2 or 3 course meal from the pre fix menu or the A La Carte menu and just pay the difference which is a great offer and value for money. As the sun has finally decided to come out so we have may get some warm weather, Malmaison have a great cocktail menu with a selection of refreshing cocktails to choose from and they are on offer for two for £10, Sunday to Thursday for spring classics or twists before 7.30pm.
As always I really enjoyed my night; the food was amazing, service was spot on and it didn’t disappoint. I would definitely recommend going to dine here or even just for a few cheeky cocktails. If you have been before I would certainly make sure you do go back and sample the new menu.
Book your table here: www.malmaison.com/locations/leeds