Red Chilli, Electric Press

In the basement of the Electric Press I didn’t expected to find… a Chinese restaurant, ermm interesting!

The Red Chilli not to confused with the Red Hot World Buffet because they really are worlds a part! Even on a quite Monday night the Red Chilli, situated on the St George St corner, of the city centre Electric Press was busy with parties and people having a start of the week meal.

With traditional and usual dishes meant the Red Chilli menu had a real mix of classic Chinese meals with frog’s legs!? There was plenty to choose from and even slightly oddly named set menus… “First Date” “Courtship” and “True Love” which might create an uncomfortable start to a meal.

My flat mates and I ordered;

  • Fried Shredded pork with Red Chilli
  • Sizzling Beef Fillet with Black pepper Sauce
  • Shredded pork with Tea Tree Mushroom, Sliced Bamboo Shoots & Chopped Green & Red pepper Stew

Which all looked exceptional but the portion sizes were a little extreme, being bit much for us girls. Prices were a little more expensive then your standard Chinese and I’ve tasted better, but there was a friendly atmosphere.

Red Chilli has created a film worthy typical Chinese restaurant straight from Rush Hour, definitely worth the try!

The Girl in the Red Dress

Having just smashed the last assessment of the year, with our client communication audit going perfectly to plan, with thanks to a great dedicated team. World domination and job offers weren’t the only thing floating around in our Sparrow PR debrief. This opportunity to celebrate might have to wait until the final report has been submitted in January but an evening of drinks and cocktails at Leeds’ Sky Lounge is being promise and defiantly in our sights.

With Christmas around the corner and the countdown well and truly commenced, I wanted to share my Christmas evening with my gorgeous flat mates. Even with our busy schedules packed, we decided to get merry with some sophisticated fun at Leeds’ Electric Press.

Of course to begin every evening a full stomach is a must, but my review of the Red Chili Chinese will be posted a little later.

Luckily I had choice over Christmas party/night venues and with one swoop knocked two bars off the list of places I have wanted to visit in Leeds over the last four years, an obviously we dressed for the occasion, allowing me the chance to introduce ‘The Girl in the Red Dress”.

Firstly in the spirit of Christmas it had to be Champagne, the ultimate treat, one that only can be justified on a student budget in those special moments. Epernay, which opens into Electric Press’s beautiful courtyard heart, gave us such relaxed atmosphere and breathed an air of refinement, with bottles of crystal embellishing the intimate and stylish space.

Adorned with beautiful images the menu was probably my favourite aspect illustrating the extensive range of Champagne cocktails, which was extremely difficult to choose. A twist on the classic Tommy Margarita, anything associated with tequila and I’m there, was fresh and delicious!

A great bar for those in search for a hidden treasure, with full windows is ideal for people watching! Fantastic service and not so bank robbing prices, Epernay Champagne Bar is a must!

Next stop to top such a seamless evening was Aglassto, again within the Electric Press complex was surprisingly wonderful in the cozy and relaxed setting complimenting the original features of the Grade II listed Georgian house.

The staffs were amazing and the atmosphere so homely and unpretentious, the perfect location for wine lovers served in some incredible glassware.

A glass of superb red for ‘The Girl in the Red Dress”…

p.s. my first post from my stunning MacBook Pro xx

Cattle Grid

American steak house meets trendy dining; the tucked away Cattle Grid, Leeds encompasses the exclusive and modern feel recently being brought to the Corn Exchange corner of the city.

After perusing the menu- as I tend to do when visiting somewhere new- I had already decided on the ribs, well chosen I feel. I strongly recommend the special recipe baby back sauce, the full rack isn’t for the faint hearted as the half was plenty for me.

The gourmet burgers look incredible- toasted bread buns and well matched toppings, but with a trip to GBK soon, I gave them a miss. Having also tasted the sirloin too, its clear Cattle Grid offers a great selection of tender, naturally reared beef steaks with butters and sauces to accompany them. (still unsure what Harrisa is…)

There is always something about seeing the jacket left on chips which makes them extra tasty, definitely ordering a whole bowl to take home next time.

Interesting choice of décor with brightly lit cows grazing in lush green fields, whilst you tuck into your succulent steak, but it added a little light hearted humour to the moody evening ambience.

Cattle Grid Leeds offers-

LEEDS SUNDAY LUNCH: Roast Beef or Roast Pork with all the trimmings
2 meals for only £10!

LEEDS STUDENT BURGER SALE:
House Burger £5
Gourmet Burger £6

LEEDS LUNCH DEAL: Slow cooked beef sandwich or Hog Roast sandwich, served with chips and a can of soft drink for just £6!

Aqua Eight

Girl’s night…

When the Chinese loving girls get together to celebrate the second 21st of the summer, the food on our plates needed a slight up-grade from our normal sweet and sour take-away chicken balls to Ipswich’s Aqua Eight, and it didn’t disappoint.

The hidden but central Lion road location, offers a stylish and modern atmosphere perfect for its Chinese and Thai fusion food with a chic cocktail lounge.

Its popularity ensures a busy and buoyant ambience even mid-week, although hindering somewhat on service the variety and flavours of dishes soon leave visitors thankful to tuck in to the array of meat and vegetarian cuisine uninterrupted.

With a large selection of white and red wines sold by the glass, the glasses themselves were centrepieces of the table with unusual glassware being used throughout. Although to match our grown-up choice of venue, we were all on the coke, work called in the morning!

Its twist of tradition flavours worked extremely well, even if the portion sizes were on the small scale.

Our party of fours menu

Immediate Course

Aromatic Crispy Duck

Starters

Chilli and pepper Squid

Mains

Kung Pao Tempura Prawns with Daikon and Takuan Salad

Chicken Katsu with Sweet Chilli Dressing

Chicken in Yellow Bean Sauce and Pine Nuts

Honey Glazed Pork with Asparagus

Egg Fried Rice

Noodles with Beansprouts

Having the dishes served in our own order and with the added bonus of a voucher from sister noodle bar Mizu, the evening was truly enjoyable.

For reasonable prices, delicious cuisine and a great venue for dinner or special occasions Aqua Eight is a personal recommendable restaurant. Next time girls lets sample the cocktails!