Review on Kendells Bistro
Kendells Bistro is a multi-award winning French restaurant established in 2007 on the outskirts of Leeds city centre in the Arts Quarter, opposite the Leeds College of Music, the BBC and the Northern Ballet Dance Theatre. Behind the modest frontage is an intimate and romantic restaurant, subdued lighting and candlelit tables are laid with linen napkins and good quality heavy cutlery. French posters adorning the walls and music playing softly in the background, adds to the whole welcoming package. Diners can watch all the action of the chefs at work in the open kitchen and knowledgeable waiting staff are garbed in crisp white and black uniforms.
Chef/Patron is Steven Kendell, who showcases a daily changing menu reflecting the very best of fresh seasonal ingredients sourced from local suppliers. Menus are displayed on large blackboards which take over one wall of the restaurant and binoculars are readily available, should you have any difficulty in reading the board. Bread is complimentary and there is no service charge for tables less than six.
Typical options that appear are starters in the shape of Coquille St. Jacques with garlic butter and herb crumb or maybe Boudin Noir, French black pudding, apples purée and roast shallots. Main courses pick up the theme with Queu de Bœuf bourgignon, braised of tail, red wine, lardons, shallots, aromatics and mash or from the sea opt for Loup de Mer, roasted whole Sea bass, olive oil, lemon and herbs. Delicious traditional desserts close the show with a Poire Belle Helene or a Tarte au Citron.
The wine list all from the French regions has been carefully assembled to complement the flavours of the food and there are plenty of options available by the glass.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Dinner: 5.30 - 11.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card