La Grillade, Leeds

Having read Phil’s post we decided to give La Grillade a visit as it must be over 10 years since we last visited La Grillade at it’s original site. The place has been done up since it’s return which one would expect and is very much low key French brasserie. It was a Wed evening so the place was quiet, we started off with a couple of glasses of champagne and D’s second glass was flat but when this was mentioned it was replaced.  Strangely instead of seating everyone in the same room  for atmosphere we were shown to a separate room but we didn’t mind too much as it was nice to have a quiet meal together.

We had starters of black pudding(G) and mussels(D) which were very good. For mains lamb cutlets (D) were superb and Toulouse sausage (G) very tasty, french fries were thin and crispy and the green salad was dressed simply with an oil vinegarette. All accompanied by a bottle of Perrier and a nice Rose.a2

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Despite the stereotypical surly laissez faire French service (don’t know if this is on purpose for effect…..) we decided to try a shared desert of something that looked like messy chocolate mousse but tasted fantastic and of course we had to try the cheese board(gluttony….) which was just smelly and as good as a French restaurant should be in this area!

We took coffee and cognac in the bar and the all that for about £70 per head………

Worth it? Well yes but we’d both like to feel welcomed next time.

D&G

The Milestone, Sheffield

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The Milestone is a very cool gastro pub tucked away in an old heavy industry district in Sheffield called Kelham Island. Home to a brewery and few cool old style boozers, this part of Sheffield is not quite city centre and it’s all the more pleasurable for it. Parking is easy and it’s just a stone’s throw from my sisters house, where we stayed last weekend.

After reading Jay Raynor’s very positive review of The Milestone in The Observer, we decided to give it a try for dinner last weekend. I’d describe the ambience as laid back, cool and industrial modern chic. Not dissimilar in many ways to eateries in our very own Holbeck.

As they don’t take bookings (odd,I know, considering you can book a meal online nowadays, as easily as you’d check your email or play party poker) we chanced our arm with a Sunday late afternoon and as it turned it out, it was perfect. The in between lunch and dinner service meant the place was only half full but as we were leaving it was rapidly filling up. It’s always nice to get into a restaurant in a lull, as the service are less taxed, though sometimes it also means they can be slightly lazier. Luckily for us, the service was great.

We kicked off with cocktails (like you do) and my Kelham Island Iced Tea was a blast of summer. I was the only one who fancied a starter and the cured breast of partridge with juniper was delicate and fabulously gamey. I couldn’t resist the rib eye for main, whilst J had the Croque Madame with G and G opting for the pea and broad bean risotto.

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Check out that bad boy!

My steak was historically good – on the bone and it was a real Fred Flintstone cut of meat. Perfectly cooked medium rare – as rib should be – it presented a challenge to eat I can tell you. J was slightly disappointed with the dryness of her Croque, but it was a very generous portion nonetheless. Risottos were declared spot on too.

Desserts looked interesting so G went for the chocolate brownie (very chocolatey), I had the rhubarb three ways (an homage to West Yorkshire) and J had a huge slice of textured cake which I can’t quite recall!

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This is probably the first time we’ve eaten out in Sheffield and I have to say that it was very enjoyable. I can highly recommend The Milestone – the food, service and prices were spot on. If you’re looking for casual dining with serious food, then look no further.