Today’s post is a YUMMY one. Why oh why am I writing this post whilst I am hungry? What a mistake that is.
A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to The New Conservatory in Leeds, to have a taster of their new summer menu. A really convenient location, city centre, right next to the Trinity Shopping Centre, with about a five minute walk from the train station!
I had been here before for drinks, (I just didn’t know the name of the place… DOH, I do now though!) the drinks are really delicious by the way, particularly the English Garden Cocktail, because… GIN <3
I had the pleasure to be dining with Rhianna and Joe on this lovely evening. Once seated, with prosecco in hand, we were given these menus, and I just remember looking at it like WOW, my mouth was watering, and that was from the desserts alone! I have a weakness for ANYTHING salted caramel flavour, and a weakness for cheesecake. It was a guaranteed winner.
|A rather smiley Joe, with cute little fairy lights. I think Rhi was taking location photos at this point, sorry Rhi!|
The decor was gorgeous! I felt like I was in an old traditional library. A lovely warm and cosy atmosphere, all very merry! Tummies rumbling, waiting for a delicious evening to occur….
We started off the starter with a few confessions. I had never tried Brie before and Joe had never tried a prawn before! But we were all for trying new things today, we completely polished our plates off! It was delicious.
The duck spring roll was lovely, seasoned really nicely. I really enjoyed my first experience of Brie, to be honest it kind of tasted like mozzarella, which was a really nice surprise because for some reason I thought brie would be really strong! The prawn was beautiful, the lime and chilli dressing had a real kick to it and I LOVED IT. It was probably my favourite starter, but then again I just love prawns. (Sorry Chloe… Chloe is scared of prawns by the way)
With the amazing quality of the starters we were very excited to see what The New Conservatory had in store for us next! Perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing plate when all combined together, but GOSH it was all delicious. I really loved having the mix of flavours between all of the mains, I think it would be a really good idea if they offered customers the option to choose two or three dishes that they would love to combine! Keeps the taste buds excited!
The pork belly and mash was probably my least favourite, but only because it is my least favourite meat. I still wolfed it down though and everyone knows I LOVE mash. MmMmM Mash. The Mushroom Risotto was gorgeous. I wouldn’t normally choose a risotto in a restaurant, usually for the same reason I don’t pick a pasta dish – I like to have a range of different flavours and textures on my plate! But this little portion was sensational! The seasoning was amazing, A LOT of garlic – I did smell pretty bad afterwards but it was worth it. Finally, the Cajun Chicken Skewer, personally I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a bit of chicken. It was wonderful, cover anything in cajun seasoning and I think I will gobble it up. The chips were lovely to dip into the garlic and herb dip also YUM.
Looking at the menu I would love to try the Thai Green Sweet Potato Curry next time, I think that sounds beaaaaaaaautiful.
The Desserts (The Best Bit)
They save the best till last don’t they? I feel I have always been a savoury kind of girl. I would always pick a bag of crisps over sweets any day. But these days… I don’t know… I just have those sweet tooth cravings all the time! Whilst eating our previous courses we watched these gorgeous plates pass us, it was safe to say we were excited.
Okay, the Salted Caramel Cheesecake. I previously mentioned my love for salted caramel and cheesecakes. It didn’t disappoint! It was very sweet and sickly, I could have managed a bigger slice, but not too much bigger! *cheeky monkey emoji face* It was kind of a melt in mouth experience, MmMmM again please? I also really love it’s bendy nose, it gives it a little bit of personality. Plus a lovely message, that something may not look ‘perfect’ but it still doesn’t mean that it isn’t ‘perfect’. A little take home message for you there.
MmMm The Chocolate Box, all I can say is MmMmM. Deliciously rich chocolate with a GOOEY centre, the perfect dessert for any chocolate fanatic. The Eton Mess Sundae was also gorgeous, let’s face it, you can’t go wrong with a girl named “Very Berry Cosmo” when you add berries into the mix! Perfect balance of cream, meringue, berries and ice cream. Plus isn’t the sundae glass SO CUTE.
|With full bellies, we ROLLED over to catch the live music entertainment.|
Joe and Rhianna then departed (sob sob sob) I don’t blame them though, they had been at Rhi’s graduation all day, congratulations by the way! I then caught up with Leanne, Gabby, Dei and their boyfriends. A few cocktails may have been consumed…. we then headed to Mojo Bar to continue to party our night away, on a Thursday night too – what are we like?!
Hope you enjoyed this post lovelies, my mouth is WATERING, my cereal this morning didn’t quite compare.
The food is truly sensational, beautifully presented and the staff are absolutely delightful – all such lovely characters – thank you for making the evening lovely!
Between 5pm and 10pm everyday (I think) they have a happy hour where select drinks are 2 for £5! Perfect for those after work drink sessions you need after a long day. Plus they offer an Early Bird Menu 4 – 7pm every day where select two courses are £10.95 and three courses are £13.95 – BARGAIN
If you are ever in Leeds, bob me a message and we can go together!
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*The New Conservatory kindly gifted our meal in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own*