6, Viaduct Street
Sunday 20th May 5.30pm
||Maria and family, Huddersfield
recently opened restaurant is located under the arches in the Northern
Quarter where a number of other restaurants are located and although not a
busy area of town it is known for its independent restaurants.
We parked on street
almost outside the front door and this was free of charge.
The building is quirky
as, like its neighbours, it is built into an arch in the
We were greeted warmly
on arrival and given an option of where to sit. Our youngest
daughter picked a window table despite the waiter advising
it was a little small for four people. As we sat down it was
too small and the waiter immediately offered us another
table which was much more comfortable.
There were only three
other tables dining but the atmosphere, music and the bustle
from the open kitchen made us feel relaxed and the
restaurant did not feel quiet.
The waiter brought menus
and talked us clearly through the list of specials, and we
were offered drinks straight away. After serving drinks he
again went through the specials for us and took time to
advise on choices as I was undecided between a couple of
main courses. We ordered wine at the same time as our meal
and shortly after received a breadbasket of homemade bread
which was delicious.
The restaurant layout is
well designed with simple but stylish décor, and was
incredibly clean. The crockery, glasses, cutlery and linen
all complemented this simple yet good quality theme of the
dining room. The seating was comfortable and our daughters
particularly liked the real fish tank which appeared
initially just as a picture frame on the wall.
Our starters arrived
quickly and we were immediately impressed by the
presentation. My husband had ordered mini fish and chips for
his starter; this came served in a bucket with tartar sauce
and chips on the side. It tasted as good as it looked! My
starter was Braised Beef Olive, which I had almost ordered
as a main course.
The beef and sage & onion stuffing was
delicious but was very strong tasting and a starter portion
was just enough, and I did share some with our youngest
daughter who was not having a starter of her own. Our eldest
daughter had the Salmon croquettes and again these looked
wonderful and were pronounced to taste just as good!
We were offered time to
rest following our starter and I have to say we never felt
rushed throughout the meal. I had struggled to choose a main
course, undecided between the Braised Beef Olive, which I
eventually picked for my starter, a fillet steak, or
Marinated Lamb Cutlets. As my husband decided to go for a
steak I plumped for the lamb cutlets so we could compare.
When it arrived it was clearly the right choice. The lamb
was cooked perfectly and the marinade was just the right
balance of tasty without being overpowering. The lamb was
served with Cous Cous and I also had a side order of fries.
Initially disappointed that there was no fillet left, my
husband chose a 10oz sirloin cooked by the chef, which came
cooked exactly as requested. Our eldest daughter opted for
the Peri Peri chicken with Lava stone for her to cook
herself, another success. The highlight for our youngest
daughter was her mini steak chosen from the children’s menu.
This offered a choice of steak, mini fish & chips or grilled
chicken breast. Her steak came served on a wooden board with
the steak placed on a warmed piece of slate, so she felt she
had her own mini Lava stone and was thrilled. She requested
a swap from Cous Cous to chips which they were happy to do.
We did nosy at the meals
of other diners and all were sending back clean plates. The
fish stew seemed a favourite with other diners as well as a
seabass from the specials menu.
Despite all pronouncing
ourselves full, whilst we were enjoying a glass of wine after
finishing our main course, our daughters sidled over to the
dessert fridge. Eventually tempted by the Chef’s
recommendation for his homemade white chocolate and
raspberry cheesecake, we shared three portions between the
four of us, although we could have easily shared two as they
were very generous.
I finished with a coffee
and then both my husband and myself were offered
complimentary liquor, which we accepted of course!
The toilets were
upstairs and like the dining room were simple yet stylish
and very clean. There did appear to be a disabled toilet on
the ground floor.
We were the last to
leave the restaurant and only one table came in whilst we
were eating. The service was attentive throughout and we
felt we could have stayed as long as we wanted. The other
diners were young people and young couples but the
restaurant had a welcoming feel that would appeal to all
We will be visiting
The meal was £78 and we
spent a further £26.70 on a bottle of red wine, soft drinks
and a coffee.
Chris – mini fish and
Maria – braised beef
Hayley – salmon
Chris – 10oz sirloin
Maria – marinated lamb
Hayley – chicken piri
piri - rock £10.95
Jemima – mini steak
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