Picture the scene, it was a Friday afternoon in mid-November and the people of Leeds were enjoying a mild, bright autumnal day. Shoppers were smiling, diners were browsing menus, and office workers were going about their business as usual. It was going to be a good day!
#TeamCoco was invited to experience the new seasonal menu at The Lost & Found Leeds Club. Our Editor-in-Chief, Laura Bartlett and contributing writer, Rachel McAlley took the opportunity to relax and unwind over lunch in this renowned restaurant.
For many years The Leeds Club was a private members venue until the team from The Lost & Found spotted an opportunity and reopened the venue as a luxurious contemporary restaurant full of stunning original features.
It’s not just the features within the venue that stand out, the cocktail menu is another level too. A massive selection of drinks including sharing, lost, found, spritz, Professor’s, and low/no alcohol cocktails. And, the restaurant menu is worth taking time over, because the dishes all look divine!
We chose Black Truffle Croquettes (£5.50) to enjoy whilst we waited before choosing from the special seasonal lunchtime menu (£15.95 for 2 courses, £19.95 for 3 courses). Our starters included Beef Ragu and Mozzarella Arancini with truffle and Madeira mayo, and Crispy Squid with a salt and pepper coating, pickled vegetables, and nam jim dressing. Both starters were absolutely delicious, especially the arancini which was full of flavour from the ragu and truffle mayo.
It was a difficult decision with the mains as there were so many to choose from, and in the end we opted for the same dish, because it sounded so good. The Masala Fish & Chips took both our votes! Fried cod in a poppy seed batter sat alongside masala spiced triple cooked chips, minted pea raita, and mango chutney. OMG this was perfection, the fish was delicate, the batter oozed spice, and the mango chutney with the raita was a combination made in heaven. Honestly, we would go back every day just to have this particular fish dish!
We had zero room for puddings but how could we resist after being presented with the menu? Just putting it out there that the Warm Chocolate Cake with chocolate fondant centre, sesame biscuit and malted ice cream was worth every single mouthful of indulgence.
Whilst dining at The Lost & Found Leeds Club we tried a couple of the low and no alcohol cocktails, the Seedlip Summer Crush (£5.75) and the Hedgerow Cooler (£5.75) were both perfect to have alongside our lunch.
The visit was a resounding success and we would advise anyone thinking of dining at The Lost & Found Leeds Club to book a table in advance because we arrived at 12 noon and every table was taken by 2pm. If that’s not a sign that the food is excellent then we don’t know what is!