Review: The Crafthouse / Angelica's - Leeds
So sometimes don’t you just yearn for something a little bit special?
|The Roof Terrace at Angelica's|
It took a work lunch to prize me away from the air conned office enclave to which I’ve been clinging of late.
Low expectations and high sunshine led us to the new Trinity shopping centre, a just opened £350million conspicuous consumption mecca. There’s a steel horse sculpture which stands proudly in the centre underneath an impressive roof - a little like Le Louvre’s pyramid but rounder - and in Mona Lisa’s place you get Mango and M&S.
Upon arrival at the restaurant, although we have a slight altercation about where to sit (more our fault than theirs), I can tell something smells good about it.
Firstly there’s an open kitchen. The chef and his team are there working for all to see. It’s all professional looking whites, beautifully arranged copper pans and a serious looking grill. We are, quite literally, in business.
The service is impeccable too. London service in Leeds I muse, which makes me curious to research more. Turns out it's part of the D and D London restaurant group, the name that took over from Conran and which is now behind some of London, Paris and Tokyo's big name restaurants like Bluebird, Quaglinos and Le Pont de la Tour. D and D also has some great looking places in New York and Istanbul. The reason for the group's success? No standardised menus, personality coming through each concept, consistency and class.