As part of the Leeds Loves Food mini festival, I was asked to review a restaurant that was taking part in the festivities and blog about it.
So, representing The Globe Troffers, Julie and I went along to one of the cities newest restaurants/bars – Toast. Situated just off Wellington Street and next to the ill-fated Lumiere site, the restaurant occupies an off the beaten track location, surrounded by residential apartments providing a ready made clientele.
On the Saturday lunchtime we were there, there was a cool and chilled ambience to the modern dining room/bar area. A few groups sat eating late breakfasts and it’s possible to sit outside with tables and chairs on the pavement.
Essentially a cool bar with a restaurant (as opposed to the other way around) Toast has a simple menu with simple food on offer with daily chef specials. I went for a steak (good provenance, sourced from Three Dales in Horsforth) and Julie had a chicken wrap. Both good and my rare steak was served perfect and the rib eye cut delivered good flavour and was well seasoned. Home made strawberry cheesecake for desert was particularly good. Good sized portions and good value for money I think.
Service was brisk and friendly and if you wanted to get in and out quickly it’s just the spot. Equally there was no-one being rushed on this Saturday afternoon. A very well stocked bar with good continental lagers and guest bitters (Leeds Pale was in recently) along with a good wine and spirits selection. We had a good chat with the manager (Julie said he was called Adam, I could have sworn it was Will) who gave is some really interesting insights into running a busy city restaurant.
If you’re looking for fine dining then Toast isn’t for you – I’d point you in the direction of Anthony’s or Harvey Nicks. But if you’re looking for somewhere to while away the hours on a lazy afternoon with friends, enjoying good food and drink, then this absolutuely would be the place I’d recommend.
The big TV screen was perfect when we were there for watching the Lions try and save face in the last test. But I suspect that it could get noisy when the ashes are on and it’s full of cricket fans, so a word of warning there – don’t try a romantic dinner two then!