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Eating Out in Leeds – Food Tour of The Light

Best Cocktails in Leeds - Firelake

Before Christmas I was invited out for a Food Tour of The Light in Leeds. Gone are the days when The Light was a destination for me as a teenager  – a trip to the cinema followed by all you can eat Chinese! The Light is now a foodie destination with options varying from a light snack to grab on the go, to going all out on a special meal with cocktails to follow.

Instead of trying a meal at one of the vast variety of restaurants on offer for eating out in Leeds, we were taken on a tour of restaurants with one course at each destination – a fun way of mixing up your evening out. We started at George’s Great British Kitchen for a cocktail and their amazing sweet shop inspired menu did not disappoint.

Best Cocktails in Leeds

Knowing we had a long night ahead of food and drink, I opted for a shorter, lighter cocktail in their Parma Violet offering (who can resist a Parma Violet flavoured anything? Not me!), but the other girls had some amazing candy floss concoctions in the Candy Annie. By all accounts the cocktails were super sweet, but definitely a hit and with a variety of deals on cocktails every day it’s definitely worth a pit stop.

Firelake Restaurant Leeds

We continued on to FireLake, a restaurant tucked away inside The Radisson Blu hotel, but unlike any hotel restaurant I’ve ever visited. We were seated for our starters amongst their plush high backed booths and chic tiled floor, a mural and hanging fire pit just around the corner. For anyone staying at The Radisson Blu, you’d be mad to order room service to your door and miss out on this incredible decor.

Gin Cocktails in Leeds at Firelake

We tried a range of starters from the FireLake menu, which puts a Yorkshire twist on it’s Minnesota roots with locally sourced produce. Unexpected cocktails were served by the most enthusiastic cocktail bartender I’ve ever come across, who brings his signature style into the menu he created. The staff were knowledgable and clearly proud – I think FireLake was my favourite place on the tour and I’d love to try their full menu next time I’m eating out in Leeds.

Food Tour of The Light Leeds

Brazilian Steakhouse Leeds

Next on our food tour of The Light wouldn’t have been a personal choice for me as I don’t eat red meat, but we had a table reserved at Estabulo, The Light’s Brazilian all-you-can-eat offering. We were provided with a token to show the serving staff whether you were too full of meat or hungry for the next round and the meat just kept on coming with pork belly, sirloin steak, sausage and chicken thighs amongst their menu. I was mostly interested in the salad bar, though, that offered fresh sushi, a cheese selection (including this amazing carved beauty pictured below) and some meaty beans which are always my favourite BBQ/grill dish of choice!

Estabulo Leeds Salad Bar

We rolled out of Estabulo wondered how we were going to squeeze in a pudding from round the corner at Turtle Bay, but the banana and toffee cheesecake was calling my name. With a colourful Caribbean vibe throughout, Turtle Bay seated us at a long wooden bench with vibrant chairs. Still in keeping with the theme, the puddings were served in worn looking enamel dishes – I was a little upset the end of my cheesecake seemed to have gone missing, but really I didn’t have enough room for that extra bite anyway ;)

Best Puddings in Leeds

The Light is found on The Headrow in Leeds with around 16 places to eat and drink inside.

Loves x xx

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Eating Out In Leeds – Marco’s New York Italian

Marco's New York Italian - Crab Cakes

“Stuff your talentless faces with my mother’s crab cakes!” – Friends
On Saturday night I was invited out by Marco’s New York Italian Restaurant for a three course meal. Marco’s has been open for around a month, up near Leeds Arena at the top of town.

At first glance of the menu I thought it was pretty basic and nothing jumped out at me that I wanted to try – usually when I see a menu I’ve already decided what I’m having three days before I get there, but I think that says more about me than it does about any restaurant!!

Eating Out In Leeds - Marco's New York Italian Restaurant

When we arrived at Marco’s New York Italian, a very friendly maitre d’ asked if we wanted to be seated or have a drink in the bar first, so I ordered a large glass of wine and settled into the comfy seats around a communal table in the bar. We were brought a dish of olives and a bowl of spicy blow-your-head-off nuts that we picked at before deciding to sit down.

The chairs at the dinner table were lovely – I do appreciate a good chair at a restaurant as all too often you get provided with a quirky metal stool or a chair with a gap in the back and it’s just not comfortable dining. Service from the waiting staff was excellent, water was poured for us every time someone passed our table and they always waited for both of us to be seated before taking any orders.

Marco's New York Italian - Ribs

Marco's New York Italian - Rocket and Zarpellon salad

A bit uninspired by the menu, I opted for crab cakes to start as it’s not something I ever have at home and I chose cannelonni for main course. Stu went for ribs to start, so the waiter brought him a finger bowl, and surf and turf for main course – a steak cooked to order and some gigantic buttery prawns.

The food was well presented and I loved the spotty dotty plates, adding a bit more personality than just plain white crockery. When I sliced into my crab cakes I was more than pleasantly surprised. They were stuffed with shredded crab meat from end to end, unlike the slightly rubbery textured crab cakes I’ve had before, they were delicious.

Marco's New York Italian - Cannelloni and garlic ciabatta

Marco's New York Italian - Surf & Turf

I mostly chose the cannelonni for the garlic ciabatta and it did not disappoint – soaked in garlic and butter, I could have eaten it with every meal until the end of time! The cannelonni itself was served in a cast iron dish, bubbling with molten lava like cheese and tomato and stuffed with a creamy spinach and ricotta filling. Just look at that photo, I knew I would be jealous of myself when I wrote up this post! I chose a rocket and parmesan salad to go alongside my meal and that was big enough to be a stand alone dish itself, drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Marco's New York Italian - Lemon Sorbet with Frozen Limoncello

I was hoping for lemon sorbet on the dessert menu, but I never dreamed it would come with a frozen limoncello on the side – a bitter, icy, sharp delight! They also had affogato on the menu too, but the limoncello tipped me over the edge.

We finished the meal with a drink at the table, I chose Frangelico, an incredibly light hazelnut liquor with ice. They also had Disaronno, an army of vodkas and a whole collection of cocktails that I didn’t even get chance to look at. There’s definitely plenty of things to go back to Marco’s time and time again to try something new, especially if all the classics are as good as the cannelonni. Next time I think I fancy trying their carbonara!

You’ll find Marco’s New York Italian Restaurant on Wade Lane in Leeds
Starters begin at £5.95 and main courses are from £9.50

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