Review on Sous le Nez en Ville
'Engaging dive' or 'congenial catacomb' – call it what you will – this livewire basement is one of Leeds' best-loved haunts, especially for long lunches and early-evening warm-ups. There's always plenty of action in the bar, where plates of globally inspired tapas are the main attraction, along with sandwiches and light dishes such as confit of duck with kumquat chutney.
The maze of wood-panelled nooks and crannies also gets packed to the gunnels with crowds looking for more substantial stuff – and the kitchen delivers. No-nonsense modern cooking is the order of the day, with fish as a strong suit. Roast salmon might come with a wasabi-dressed salad of king prawns, pak choi, watercress and lentils, while sea bass might be paired with herb risotto. Otherwise, the focus is on meat, offal and game in the shape of, maybe, simple ribeye steak with béarnaise sauce, braised pork shank with haggis or roast partridge with sage jus. As a finale, consider banana and toffee parfait or crème brûlée.
Backing up the food is a majestic wine list offering rewarding and revelatory drinking, with lots of personal recommendations, a host of French classics and bottles from star producers across the globe.
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Andrew Carter and Andrew Lavender
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Sat (2.00pm Sat)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat (11.00pm Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card