Monday, March 02, 2009

No 3 York Place

Thurs 29 January 2009

Something of a delay in posting this ...

I first went to No 3 York Place when it was still Gueller's (I think we're talking 2002 here) and I had an excellent meal and a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Why has it taken me the best part of 7 years to return?

Well, I can't answer that, but I was finally spurred into action by an exceptional deal which was available in January and February. Three courses for 2 and a bottle of wine would set me back only £30. Sound familiar?

Yes, after moaning (quite justifiably) about the Malmaison I can cheer up by reliving a lovely meal at No 3 York Place.

I'd started the day by getting up at 3am and being in at work for 4. I'd also managed to stay up the whole day, so going out and having a few drinks probably wasn't the brightest idea known to man ... but there you go. It must have been the cold addling my brain.

We began our evening with a quick pint at Baby Jupiter (who were in the process of installing a Leeds Brewery pump ...) before heading (almost) next door to the restaurant.

I have nothing to say about the service: it was absolutely flawless. We were seated, presented with both the à la carte menu and the menu du jour (available lunch and early evening, weekdays), and the maître d' said that if we were to choose the menu du jour we could order from the wine list and they would simply charge us the difference in price from the house wine. With that, we ordered glasses of Champagne (which, incidentally, is Delamotte and is very good at just £7.50 a glass).

The menu du jour is quite short (excellent, for indecisive people like me!) and we both started with venison terrine, followed by lamb shank for Andy and config duck leg for me. For pudding, Andy opted for the cheese and I chose the bread and butter pudding.

The food wasn't flawless but it was very very good. Yes, I thought the venison terrine could have had a bit more textural interest and my duck skin could have been a little crispier. Did that affect how much I ate or how much I enjoyed the meal? Absolutely no! Would I go back? Without hesitation. And the main reason for that is that No 3 York Place combined fantastic and attentive service with very good food.

Would I go back with guests and pay full price? I think you already know the answer to that!

The menu du jour has gone up in price to £40 for the same deal. That still represents amazing value for money.

Go now!

1. Baby Jupiter, The Basement, 11 York Place, Leeds, LS1 2DS, phone: 0113 242 1202, map.
2. No 3 York Place, 3 York Place, Leeds, LS1 2DR, phone: 0113 245 9922, map.
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Blogger rich (them apples) said...

I had a great meal there about this time last year - the food was good, the wine excellent and the service faultless. I think they've hit a groove now and it's about time for a repeat visit.

1:49 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

Yes - definitely go back! Good to hear that things haven't changed in the last year too!

1:24 pm  

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