Leeds boasts some of the best restaurants in the region - it’s a culinary cornucopia which offers food styles from around the world. This week, we look at some of the best meat restaurants making the cut.
FAZENDA, WATERMAN’S PLACE, LS1
Meat every which way you can imagine it - on the bone, off the bone, well done, rare but mostly stuck on a skewer and carved in generous portions onto your plate by any of the passing waiters.
They say: “Gauchos pierced large pieces of meat and slowly grilled them over open flamed pits. At Fazenda, we want to keep this tradition alive.
“Our gaucho chefs roast succulent cuts of meat in the way it has been done for centuries, preserving the individual taste of each tender cut.”
0113 247 1182
MEAT LIQUOR, TRINITY, LS1
Their mantra is simply: ‘Come hungry, leave full.’ Shortlisted for this year’s Oliver Awards, this restaurant tucked away behind Victoria’s Secret at the back of the Trinity Centre is every meat lover’s dream.
Burgers come loaded with meat and slathered in sauce. Hotdogs are the size of a small dog. And there’s more to discover, not least the deep fried pickles and a wagon-load of cocktails, spirits, beers and ciders and over 100 types of whiskey behind the bar.
T 0113 8346 090
GAUCHO, PARK ROW, LS1
Hidden away in the heart of the city’s financial district, Gaucho offers a boutique dining experience showcasing modern Argentine glamour.
They say: “Laid-back afternoons and glitzy evenings are equally well spent in this elegant restaurant and bar. Sophisticated, stylish and always welcoming. Although our beef is always sourced solely from the Pampas plains of Argentina, at Gaucho Leeds we also champion local produce.”
0113 246 1777
CATTLE GRID, ASSEMBLY STREET, LS2
From buffalo wings with blue cheese sauce to a 16oz T-bone, this places specialises in all things cow, pig and poultry but won’t skimp on the garnish and can also rustle up a mean salad.
They say: “We aim to bring you the highest quality steaks without breaking the bank. We think everyone should be able to enjoy it regularly. No hidden service or cover charges means that we can deliver a straightforward dining experience bringing you great tasting food.”
0113 242 1872
RED’S TRUE BARBEQUE, CALL LAN, LS1
Reds has an almost biblical approach to dining - if it were a character in a Western it would be a gun-slinging preacher. Nourish your famished soul.
They say: “Come forth believers to the original church of true barbecue in Leeds. We’re here to save your hungry souls.
“Make the pilgrimage to the place that started it all and worship at the altar of meat where so many before you have seen the light. Rejoice! You’re home. You’re saved.”
0113 834 5834
RARE, LOWER BRIGGATE, LS1
Expect a high quality, refined experience with some nice little touches. Boasting ‘the best ham in the world’ from Iberian pigs, a den, cocktails and service to write home about, it’s more than a cut above the norm.
They say: “Good animal husbandry means happy healthy animals with a higher fat content and unbelievable taste. We take the time to brine, braise and slow cook meat for a melt in the mouth finish.
“We only use ingredients from specialist suppliers with high-welfare and rare bred animals expertly butchered.”
0113 246 7013