The Lost And Found, Albion Place, Leeds – Restaurant Review

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Lost And Found Leeds 2018

The Lost and Found, Albion Place, Leeds

Restaurant Review

by Steve Crabtree / @stevecrab

The Lost and Found opened its second cocktail bar and restaurant in Leeds recently, with the Albert Place venue joining its Greek Street counterpart in the City.

On a cold and rainy Thursday evening, it was great to walk up the steps in to the warm and welcoming entrance of the new Lost and Found, and firstly be taken aback by the grand interior as you enter. I don’t know what they’ve lost, but we’ve certainly found something that, on first impression, looks breath-taking.

We were greeted at the door for our 7:30pm reservation, and asked if we’d mind dining in the bar. With no-one in the restaurant upstairs, it’d be very quiet up there.  As fans of a bit of atmosphere, we were happy to oblige, and we were led to a table close to the bar.

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“A very tempting selection”

The bar continued this theme of large-scale beauty in the refurbished, former gentleman’s club building. Antique brass touches, and a mix and match of tasteful soft velvets, leather and woven texture furniture made it spectacularly pleasant on the eye. It was a nice place to be.

Our waitress was the upbeat and friendly Laurie. She pleasantly asked how we were, and handed over a couple of menus. As we ordered a couple of drinks (two lagers), we sized up the dishes on offer. As we did, we noted that the menu is weighted towards Italian options, including a pizza and pasta section, with a sprinkling of the rest of the world here and there.  Due to this, it was all a very tempting selection.

We tried to discuss what we’re going to go for, but there was an acoustic guitarist playing cover versions in the corner of the bar. He was excellent, and his cover of Sit Down by James was amazing. But he’d been cranked to level very-loud, so it made for difficult conversation. We ended up having to shout at each other a little bit, and we hadn’t even fallen out! But that was a mere blip on what was shaping up to be a nice night.

The Lightly Dusted Squid with Asian slaw, sriracha mayonnaise and lime at £7.50 took my fancy for the starter, and my dining partner fancied the Rosary Goat’s Cheese Salad with radicchio, roasted fennel and red grapes (£6.50).

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“Full marks to the chef”

After placing our order, one of the supervisors did ask if we’d like to move upstairs in to the restaurant. Another table had asked to move because of the music. We were pleased that we’d been asked if we’d like to relocate, and although we still had to talk to each other loudly, we’d got used to it, liked where we were sat and decided to stay put. My friend enjoying the view of the tree in the centre of the room.

Before we knew it, we were presented with our starters and like the setting we were in, they looked amazing.  My friend’s salad was large and fresh, and very light.  My portion of squid was generous, and it’d been cooked perfectly. It had a spicy edge, and the sriracha mayonnaise made it a great dish to open with. Squid can be the risky option, and if it isn’t cooked right it becomes a starter of sadness. Not here though. Full marks to the chef.

For my main, the Pressed Belly of Pork at £14, with its crispy black pudding & potato cake, crackling and caramelised onion purée was too good an option not to try. And my friend thought the same about the Steamed Fillet of Hake (£13), served on a banana leaf with sticky coconut rice and mango chutney.

We did take a while to decide on our mains, again because the of the excellent choice on the Lost and Found menu.

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“A good finale”

The main courses also arrived swiftly, and with an added dose of smile. Both were presented well. Each element of my pork dish lived up to the expectations I had when I clocked it too. It was simply beautiful. The black pudding and potato cake was a work of culinary genius, and the pork itself was just right. It carried an expected (and tasty) small amount of fat, and was tender. The crackling was brittle, and I’d picked the right option.

And I know when my friend is enjoying her food, as when that happens she doesn’t say a word. So, when I barely heard a peep out of her during the main course, something was right. The Hake, laid out in oriental style, was soft and delicious. The mango chutney was delightful too, and if I was to return to Lost and Found I’ll probably go for it myself.

To round off a nice evening, I took a look at the dessert menu. My friend was nicely full, and declined a third course, and didn’t even help me out with the Sticky Toffee Pudding.  Recommended by Laurie, it was a good finale to the meal. Rich but not uncomfortable, and as impressive as the rest.

We had a really nice couple of hours at The Lost and Found, and if a lovely setting and lovely food is to your liking, the Albion Place restaurant is very much worth a shout.  The staff are friendly, courteous and are a credit to this place and a perfect compliment to it’s food choice and surroundings.

The Lost & Found, Leeds Club, 3 Albion Place, Leeds, LS1 6JL

Opening Times:
Sun –  Wed: 10am – 11pm
Thu: 10am – Midnight
Fri: 10am – 1am
Sat: 10am – 2am

0113 493 1450
the-lostandfound.co.uk

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