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Brasserie Blanc, Victoria Mill, Leeds

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Brasserie Blanc boasts a canal-side location and top-class fabulous French cuisine

Since a renovation last September, the brasserie has transformed into an informal, elegant venue featuring exposed brick, rustic wooden tables and a larger bar area.

 

The converted Victorian mill has a stunning outside seating area, perfect for dining alfresco overlooking the water on fine days. On our visit one Saturday lunchtime the weather, sadly, was not on our side, so we took an inside window seat to enjoy the view instead.

 

Open every day for breakfast right through to dinner and everything in between, this authentic French brasserie caters to many tastes and appetites with an excellent variety of seasonal dishes.

 

From the al la carte menu my companion chose the chilli and ginger squid accompanied by coriander, roquette, grilled courgette, and aubergine. A beautiful smoked paprika and red pepper dressing added a delicious finishing touch and another dimension to this all-round excellent dish. I enjoyed the stuffed tomato with prawns and crayfish from the specials menu, which came beautifully presented and served with a fragrant pesto dressing – an ideal fresh summer starter.

 

For mains, my Piémontaise chicken salad arrived with tender sliced chicken breast arranged on a bed of peppery roquette, crisp baby gem lettuce, and topped with indulgent grana cheese, black olives, and a creamy caper and anchovy dressing. Packed with flavour and plenty of crunch, this was the perfect light-but-tasty dish. Across the table my partner was delighted with her seared Cornish king scallops, which came accompanied by a side of prawn and spring onion crushed new potatoes and an indulgent buttery citrus dressing.

 

We enjoyed our feast with a bottle of Chateau Du Seuil, from an organic independent grower, recommended by assistant manager Steph Jobson and it’s clear she knows her grapes. Crisp, lemony, with a distinct smoky flavour it complemented both of our mains beautifully. If wine’s not your tipple though, the brasserie also offers an excellent range of beers, including many of which are locally sourced.

 

On to dessert and – for me – the real highlight; pistachio soufflé with chocolate ice cream. Light and a fluffy – like a cloud that melted in my mouth – with an alluring green hue, despite the sizeable portion, I was disappointed when it came to an end. My companion’s baked lemon tart was everything you could want from a tart and more: crisp buttery pastry, lots of zingy filling and a crisp caramel topping. Every last bit was readily savoured.

 

As well an impressive menu, Brasserie Blanc also offers an excellent cocktail menu. Their current offer is £5 cocktails 5-8pm Thursday and all day Sunday and, on Thursdays customers can enjoy live funk and soul music. For classic French cuisine in a venue filled with character, look no further than Brasserie Blanc at Victoria Mill.

 

Brasserie Blanc, Victoria Mill, Sovereign Street, Leeds LS1 4BJ

Tel: 0113 220 6060

www.brasserieblanc.com

 

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