Via the power of Twitter, we recently received a kind invite from Emma the CultureVulture to attend an evening of complementary food and drinks at Cattle Grid in Leeds. We toddled along last night after work, not sure what the plan was, but happy to check out a new restaurant.
Cattle Grid is behind the Corn Exchange and opened in August this year. It's one of a small chain owned by Steve Novak and Shaun Grey, and Leeds is their latest venture. We had the pleasure of meeting Steve last night over a few drinks and he took the opportunity to explain the ethos behind the restaurant.
Cattle Grid, as may be clear from the name, is a steak restaurant, but with a difference. They are looking to become the steak version of Pizza Express, serving good food at realistic prices. Steve's message is up front with no bullshit. This is not a restaurant focused on provenance and fine wines - they get the best meat they can at the best price, whether its from Scotland, Ireland, Yorkshire or Uruguay (incidentally all the steak currently comes from Yorkshire). That is not to say they are not focusing on quality - the bread comes from Anthonys and they even nicked the Anthony's head chef, David Flett (who we also met last night and gave me a sneak peek of his recipe notes - lovely chap!)
The restaurant also serves burgers, salads and ribs, and the most expensive wine on the menu is about £25! Currently they are also promoting a lunch deal where you can get a slow roast beef or hog roast sandwich and a can of pop for £6.00.
Anyway, back to our evening....
|Cattle Grid in Leeds|
|Cattle Grid's educational artwork - in case you weren't sure where steak comes from!|
|A rack of ribs (we didn't have this as well - not that fat) but Joe would have this next time.|
|Our greek salad side, which was probably not necessary given how much you get with the steak, but nice all the same!|
|My dessert - waffle and ice cream. The desserts were really the only slight let down of the meal and definitely play second fiddle to the main event, but who cares as Cattle Grid is about the meat!|
|David's recipe notes - what a legend!|