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The Victoria Gate Leeds only opened in 2016 but it has transformed the once tired end of Leeds into something really special. The development has shops, restaurants and a casino all inside the most beautiful building. Think floor to ceiling glass walls, steel structure and a stunning glass ceiling. Despite living in Leeds and being a huge shopping and food fan, I hadn’t visited Victoria Gate yet. I was incredibly excited that changed this week and I was invited along to review three of the restaurants, having a course in each one. A food safari is my idea of a heavenly night out!
Le Pain Quotidien in Victoria Gate Leeds
The first stop on my foodie tour is Le Pain Quotidien, a Belgian restaurant where their homemade bread serves as a canvas for all of their dishes. LPQ’s menu is full of seasonal produce and meals. At the heart of the restaurant is their communal dining table. Not only is it beautifully laid but I really love the idea of sitting and eating while making new friends.
I chose from the new seasonal dishes and have the super greens and ricotta baked omelette. The presentation is just amazing! A board with the omelette, a huge salad and LPQ’s homemade bread. My omelette is perfectly seasoned and cooked. The greens and ricotta are lovely and go perfectly. LPQ’s bread tastes as amazing as it looks. I was really surprised the dish also comes with a huge salad. It is crisp and fresh with a really tasty vinaigrette dressing.
Cau in Victoria Gate Leeds
The second stop of my Victoria Gate foodie feast is Cau. Cau is an Argentinian restaurant bringing the passion, vitality and fun from Buenos Aires. The restaurant has THE most amazing ceiling that I just can’t stop looking at.
I just had to choose a steak in Cau. There is a lot of choice so the waiter is more than happy to ask a few questions then make recommendations. I have the sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce and sides of dirty rice and fries. The steak is perfectly medium, just how I like it. The peppercorn sauce is thick and tastes great. Cau’s dirty rice is just amazing, I could quite happily eat my rice like this forever.
East 59th in Victoria Gate Leeds
The last stop on my eating tour of Victoria Gate Leeds is East 59th. East 59th is an American restaurant on the top floor of Victoria Gate. The interior is candle lit and cosy and will be a perfect date night spot. It boasts a rooftop terrace that I can’t wait to take the girls to for cocktails.
My final course is East 59th’s Baked New York cheesecake with berry compote. The cheesecake has a great biscuit to cheese ratio. The base is buttery, sweet and crisp and the topping is rich and fluffy. The berry compote is tart and works perfectly with the sweet cheesecake. I really love the sugar glass decoration too.
Victoria Gate Leeds final thoughts
The Victoria Gate Leeds is a beautiful building that is a real welcome addition to Leeds city centre. Le Pain Quotidien, Cau and East 59th are all amazing places to eat. I will definitely be going back again to try more of their menus. There are other eateries in there that I can’t wait to try too. The Victoria Gate Casino would be a great place to go after food for cocktails too.
Have you been in the Victoria Gate Leeds yet? Which restaurant would be your favourite?
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*I was invited along to Victoria Gate in exchange for an honest review. I have not been influenced by this and all thoughts and opinions are my own.