Brasserie Blanc Leeds

A Leeds restaurant tucked away in Sovereign Street in amongst the giant law firms, in what old Leodians will remember as Leodis, is Brasserie Blanc. It may be part of a chain (which normally raises Squidbeak’s hackles) and it may be a bit of a trek from Leeds’ best shops, but it’s well worth the effort for the stunning setting and good value dining.

The regenerated old mill down by the Aire is huge. The sturdy rustic brick walls, the vaulted ceiling, the acres of wood flooring and the industrial iron pillars that run the length of the room are impressive enough, but add the Blanc set dressing - the rustic tables, a variety of cool seating, warmed up with velvet sofas and cushions, the shining cutlery and glassware, the jugs of flowers - and Brasserie Blanc looks far more glitzy and expensive than it actually is.

Of course Monsieur Raymond Blanc is most unlikely to be there, (though he does apparently pop up from time to time) but who better than a Frenchman to put together a proper brasserie menu, one who knows about good bread and lactic butter, about steaming bowls of moules and cheese soufflés, of snails in garlic butter, and slow cooked belly pork and a decent rump steak and frites. They even acknowledge veggies these days with gnocchi and braised chestnuts with Roquefort sauce (how good does that sound?). The chef is allowed his head with the changing specials board in the evening where local produce gets a look in.

But it’s the Prixe Fixe menu that really catches the eye. Don’t expect mega portions - £11.95 for two courses at lunch barely pays the rent in this location - but you won’t go home hungry. Add £5.15 for a chilled glass of white wine  and you’ve got yourself a cracking good value meal in a spectacular setting.

There are three choices per course. We can vouch for crab and risotto fishcakes in a creamy tomato sauce, peppery onion tart and mustard dressing, slow cooked beef on horseradish mash, cod fillet on salt cod puree with a tomato and red pepper sauce and to finish a creamy bread and butter pudding and ice cream. The a la carte is decnet value too at £12-£15 for mains, with a bit more for steak. Top scoff at Leeds' Brasserie Blanc.

Brasserie Blanc

4 The Embankment, Sovereign Street, Leeds, LS1 4BJ 

Tel 0113 200 6060

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Type: Restaurant

Price guide

2 out of 5

Cuisine type: French

Part of Eat Leeds

Review by Jill, 12 October 2011

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