When we think of Casinos in the UK, we’re usually transported to 5am when our favourite bars have closed their doors but we still want to party. Luckily for the residents of Leeds, Victoria Gate Casino offers so much more than ‘just one more drink’. After officially opening it’s doors last year, it’s brought a taste of Sin City to the City Centre with lavish interiors, a huge bar and more events than you can shake a stick at. Victoria Gate are raising the stakes yet again with their brand new menu. So naturally, we sent our Leeds gal Jenna to check it all out…
“I’ll be honest, the only food i’ve ever eaten in Casino has definitely been fried. They’re clever guys at Casinos as there really is no need to leave the party for that post midnight snack, with chips and dips readily available at all times of the night. But what if I told you that you could have a gourmet dinner mere feet away from the Roulette table? The North’s very own Supercasino – Victoria Gate – can offer you just that.
Serving dishes right up until 1am all nights of the week, V Restaurant has a dish for every mood. Its fresh home cooked dishes stick to their Yorkshire Roots with the utilisation of local suppliers and classics such as Steak & Ale Pie and Fish & Chips. But this isn’t just pub grub into the early hours, theres a certain level of finesse that makes this Casino based restaurant stand out. From the comfortable but high-end interiors to beautiful large wine glasses and dedicated table service, you’d easily forget you were amongst slot machines.
On my visit, I took some time at the Curve Bar to try out some cocktails before sitting down to dine. From the usual Champagne and Spirits to creative twists on the classics, the menu is extensive and much more than you’d expect. Settling down with a Caiprihna and flicking through the menu, I was surprised how large their Wine & Sparkling selection was. Something that you’d only usually find at dedicated haunts such as Epernay Champagne Bar or Veeno, they’ve really pushed the boat out with their collection. Whether you’re sipping on fizz before you dine, or popping a bottle of Krug after a big win on the Roulette wheel – they’ve got you covered.
Wined and Dined
Making our way up some steps to the main ‘V Restaurant’ area, it was a great mix of plush and comfort. The lights were low and we settled in for three courses of mixed genre cuisine. For starters, I opted for the Chicken Satay Skewers, which were far larger than expected! As a waitress in a past life, I always used to feel guilty serving Chicken Skewers to guests as they’re usually minuscule and bone-dry. However, V Restaurant have nailed it with tender Chicken and a unmistakably nutty sauce that packed a punch.
Sipping on a large glass of Australian Merlot, I was more than excited for my main course. Naturally, I opted for a rare fillet Steak with a side of Peppercorn Sauce and crossed my fingers that it would live up to the hype. Luckily for me, it definitely did. A smiling waitress placed the plate in-front of me and I was taken aback by how good it looked. It sounds pretentious, but I never expected such a well put together dish to come out of a Casino kitchen. However saying that, Las Vegas manage to pull it off – so why not Leeds! Diving in, the Steak was cooked perfectly to order and the triple cooked Chips rivalled those of some of the most renowned Chophouses in Leeds. One thing I will say however, is that I wished I had ordered Surf and Turf – the prawns looked amazing. Before even considering opening the top button of my jeans, Dessert arrived. Now I’m not sucking up to the team at VG, but this Sticky Toffee Pudding could have easily gone toe-to-toe with my Grandmas. Divine!
Ending the night in the most appropriate way, we hit the Roulette table and had to have a cheeky go on the slots. Starting strong £20 up, my greed forsook me and I walked away with nothing but a full stomach and a great experience. Note to self: the House can always win, whether you’re in Caesars Palace or Victoria Gate Casino!”
1 Victoria Gate,
Leeds, LS2 7JL
Dine & Game. From Sunday to Friday, enjoy two courses for £20.00, or three for £26.00, plus a complimentary drink, and get a free £5 bet for any of Victoria Gate Casino’s gaming tables or slot machines.