Dakota Bar&Grill and the Champagne Room
It’s always a treat when there’s a new restaurant here in Leeds to try out. Dakota Deluxe Hotel seems to have it all! A great location in the city centre offering fine dinning and new experiences such as, the wonderful Champagne Room where we began the evening. I was impressed as we approached the hotel, it had all the hall marks of quality you would expect from this hotel chain. We were greeted with kindness on our arrival at the door to being seated in the very comfortable and luxurious surroundings of the Champagne Room, an already pre booked reservation before dinner. This relaxing start to our evening was such a pleasure, it was now time to order a bottle of the bubbles!! We opted for the Billecart-Salmon Brut, a wonderful fresh and delicate champagne, one of the classics, family owned since 1818 this champagne has style.
The restaurant, a table for four
A lovely space to dine in, easy on the eye with great lighting. Tables were not too close together and the seating was incredibly comfortable. Well trained professional restaurant waiters/waitresses and front of house were dressed in their own individual style, all wearing black and immaculately presented.
The menu was easy to follow, no frills on the explanations, there was something for everyone’s palate. I started with pan-fried scallops, pea puree, cavolo nero and black pudding, followed by butter roast chicken, truffle gnocchi, Alsace bacon, pea puree and a house salad, finishing with a rhubarb and custard brûlée with rhubarb sorbet. My three dishes were excellent I couldn’t fault a single thing. Tasty, attractive well cooked food, this definitely wasn’t ‘style over substance.’
The restaurants wine list offered some great choices, showcasing many fabulous wines and champagnes. Depending on your palate, preference and wallet. A wine for everyone along with premium champagnes, Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot and several others ranging in price from £60 to £250 a bottle. The Billecart-Salmon brut priced at £60 was delightful, a perfect start to a wonderful dining experience at the Dakota bar&grill. At the table we ordered the Malbec 2014 Mendoza Argentina and the Macabeo 2015 Spanish white. Both wines were excellent quality, reasonably priced and a perfect pairing with our food choices. I will definatley be returning very soon to the Dakota Bar&Grill, I loved it here!