Dakota Deluxe Hotel Leeds

IMG_1186Dakota 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 wine

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!



SYLVA Deli and Bar


SYLVA, the name means wood or trees in Latin. New to Oakwood here in Leeds, where many locals and passers by have waited, watched and wondered what this unusual building was all about. Spread over two floors, its light and spacious, a modern space where breakfast is served from 8am. Light snacks, small plates, tea and coffee are served throughout the day, ingredients sourced from local producers.

SYLVA finally revealing itself in February 2017. Standing amongst the trees on the edge of Roundhay Park, a  modern twist on a gothic building. Blending beautifully with its surroundings, protected by the tall trees as close as the build would allow, fitting in as though it had always been there. What a transformation from what used to be ‘The Park Toilet Block’. Oakwood residents should be thrilled with the outcomes.

I have visited SYLVA now a couple times with friends, had a glass or two of Chardonnay ‘Little Rascal’ ( Australia), felt peckish so ordered from SYLVA’s night deli menu. A platter of continental meats together with an artisan cheese board, just the trick when only a nibble is required to enjoy the fine wines they serve here.

There are approximately twenty seven  wines featured. Wines to suite all palates, choose from Red, Whites, Rose, Sparklings. If you feel like being ‘waited on’ take a seat, sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere.

 A few of my favourites -Albarino (Spain), Sauvignon Blanc (Esk Valley, NZ), Viognier (Le Versant, France). Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa), Pinot Noir (Esk Valley, NZ), Rioja Tempranillo (Hacienda Lopez de Haro, Spain).

Gin is trending everywhere right now, so many varieties available to choose from. SYLVA offer a wide range of perfect Gin & Tonics.

Inedit, the famous beer from Barcelona, the one you drink from a wine glass. Developed by one of Barcelona’s Michelin Star Chef’s Ferran Adria’.

SYLVA  is most definitely on the map here in leeds and well worth visiting, a fabulous venue for meeting up with friends or simply dropping by and having a coffee. I shall be checking out some of the events that are being planned for April and May …..