Eating out,  Food,  Leeds,  Review

La Bistro Mediterranean Kitchen, Horsforth, Leeds

La Bistro opened in Horsforth a couple of weeks ago, and we were rather excited as it’s just up the road from us.

It looks great. There are twinkly lights on the trees outside, which is a good start (“CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!”, exclaimed Emilia). The interior is modern, clean, and there’s plenty of wood and brickwork (which everyone loves).

Nice
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Nice

We were quickly settled at our table and ready to feast (though Mr M had to do a cash machine sprint as the restaurant isn’t currently accepting card payments). Sadly, there is no children’s menu, which I found surprising given that the owners say they want diners to become members of their “family”. We were told that we could have a small portion of any dish, but the menu choices aren’t that great for tots.

Me and my fellow diner
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Me and my fellow diner

In the end, Emilia had a nutritious feast of bread and chips(!), while I opted for the lamb casserole, served with tortillas, salsa, mozzarella and tzatziki. The casserole was vibrant and rich, with well-balanced spices and deep tomato flavours. The mediterranean veg was lovely, and had kept their bite and flavour. The lamb was a little dry, but I really liked the dish, and it was fun putting together different bits and bobs with the tortillas etc.

Meat platter
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Meat platter

Mr M had the La Bistro Meat Platter (skewers of chicken, lamb, meatball, lamb cutlets, served with bulgar rice and salad). The red meat was a little overcooked for Mr M, and while he enjoyed the meal, he wasn’t quite a full as you’d expect to be after having such a luxurious sounding dish. It’s perhaps a little sparse? I had thought we might well be rolling him out the door!

"I'VE JUST HAD ICE CREAM!!!"
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“I’VE JUST HAD ICE CREAM!!!”

Next came desserts. Emilia was at least well catered for here – chocolate ice cream, complete with chocolate bits – perfect. I had the vanilla cheesecake… which did not go well. It had clearly been left out for far too long and was completely dry – the top had even gone rubbery, hmmm.

Look closely and you'll see the base curls up - it's that dry
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A curling base? It’s that dry

I messaged La Bistro about the dessert after we got home (I thought Mr M had mentioned it to them, he thought I had…). I received an acknowledgment about the state of the cheesecake, and an apology. It was a friendly response, but given that we paid for something that was totally inedible, they could have perhaps been a little more generous and offered a small token of recompense? Never mind.

There are issues with La Bistro, but their intentions are good, and the staff members are lovely. I will go back because it’s so local to us, and we appreciate having an independent restaurant on the doorstep. I do hope they fix the glitches soon though, and have a think about the menu, bearing in mind the local “families” they’re catering for.

 

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  • Rob

    Wouldn’t it be easier to mention at the time and allow them to do something about it rather than waiting until later. What sort of recompense were you expecting?

    • Sean Murricane

      Yeah, the forgetting to mention at the time thing was my bad – I was juggling the kids and trying to get out the door – it wasn’t easy to get the payment sorted cos the card machine was bust so I needed to work out what cash I needed, how much for the tip etc…

      As for recompense, maybe if they’d offered a replacement, or the money of the desserts off the next meal would have been nice? I wasn’t exactly expecting a massive bunch of flowers.

      In the end I think they have offered Jo a replacement dessert… we just haven’t had the chance to go back yet.

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