This was somewhere I’d never been before; I’d heard good things but never had the opportunity to visit. Kendall’s Bistro in Leeds, a French restaurant with style and passion oozing from every orifice.
Now, as lovely as an experience as the visit was I did have a couple of issues, in no particular order, there was no option to tip on card and after I’d paid my bill I asked about this and was told that after you’ve paid there’s not much you can do, as it’s done by table. I’m not sure what that means but I am sure that this can’t be that hard to do, other restaurants seem to be doing it and it is 2014, not everyone carries change when you can even use your card at Greggs. I only had a couple of pounds in my wallet and the service deserved more than that.
My other issue; after we’d ordered our food, my girlfriend said she was having contractions and we both genuinely believed she may be in the early stages of labour. I suggested we leave but she wanted to stay for her main. The issues not with the restaurant but with the unborn child making us rush our evening. Either way, it was fantastic.
So; how was it?
We were met with the cheeky sign censored sign outside and welcomed in by a very friendly front of house. Not only we seated quickly, we were asked if we liked our table, nice touch. There’s no set menu at Kendall’s, always a good sign! They pride themselves on Fresh Food. Now, I think it’s fair to say French wasn’t something I was interested in during my teenage years so I’m not up to scratch so you’ll have to excuse my lazy English descriptions of the dishes that we had.
For starters, my date for the evening ordered scallops and I ordered Black Pudding with Apple Puree. Absolutely divine. Both of them.
For mains we got the Seafood Medley, Scallops, King Prawn, Seabass, squid rings, and although I’m not really a fishy person I have it on good authority that this was delicious and what shall be getting ordered next time. I ordered what was essentially Hanger steak in red wine with mushroom, which again was delicious but I hadn’t decided what I wanted for my main when the waitress came to take our order. Not to say I wouldn’t have it again, but the duck is something I’ll be opting for next time.
Turns out the labour pains were false, but we paid and we were on our way anyway.
Can’t wait to go back, with change in my pocket, and although the Seabass was a little bit on the pricey side everything else seemed perfectly reasonable. Well played Kendalls. Beautiful in interior and soul.