La Grillade has been on the Leeds restaurant scene for many years. As other restaurants have come and gone it remains – a stalwart of French cooking along with Sous le Nez (assuming they are still going too). Oddly, it’s a place that I wouldn’t actively consider for dinner and I don’t really know why. Perhaps it’s the slightly awkward situation on Wellington Street (good for the legal market, no doubt) or the ‘old school’ reputation it has, I don’t know.
But I had lunch there today and it was very good. We opted for a fixed price menu and the a la carte looked fabulous with the Cote de Boeuf and Chateaubriand looking like lunches from another time – which of course they are. We’d sensibly decided to return and sample these meaty delights over dinner in the very near future.
Surprisingly for me, La Grillade offers very authentic French cooking (complete with slightly indifferent service) tucked away under an apartment block on the edge of the city centre. I’d like to return and sample the full experience but for now the lunch menu is very acceptable. At £13.50 for 2 course or £16.50 for 3, this is well priced and a bottle of the house red was excellent value. The highlight of the lunch for me was the cheeseboard – the restaurant showed its true French credentials here and the Epoisses was spectacular.