City Inn Leeds restaurant: Spring menu photos

Darren Cronian of MyLifeinLeeds and I were invited to a press Spring Menu preview dinner at the City Inn Leeds on 21 April 2010 .  The City Cafe restaurant overlooks the canal basin at Granary Wharf.  Now as I’m no gourmet and find it almost impossible to describe flavours in words, I  thought you’d prefer an illustration of the City Inn Leeds’ Spring Menu to my feeble attempts at emulating the likes of AA Gill.

View from Leeds @cityinnhotels restaurant over canal basin #leedstrip

City Inn Leeds City Cafe restaurant

We made our selection from the a la carte menu.  You can select two courses from this menu for £16.95 or 3 courses for £21.95 but there are supplements on the steaks and side dishes e.g. potatoes and vegetables costs £2.95 There is also a  Market dinner set menu where two courses cost £14.95 and three courses £16.50.

Darren of ©mylifeinleeds about to dig in at @cityinnhotels spring menu #leedstrip

Darren in the City Inn Leeds restaurant

Darren started with Pan fried breast of quail with honey and five spice, pea and mint risotto cake.

Quail starter at @cityinnhotels

I plumped for White crab and mango salad.

White crab & mango salad at City Inn Hotel Leeds

For main course Darren had the Rump of lamb with lamb belly and kidney with Jersey Royals and tarragon glazed carrots.

Rump of Lamb at City Inn Hotel Leeds

I went for the Pan fried Gigha halibut with salsa verde and citrus dressing served with Dauphinois potatoes and broccoli.  My only criticism of the meal was that my potatoes were too salty and that the broccoli was cold.

Gigha Halibut at City Inn Hotel Leeds

We couldn’t resist the desserts. Darren was floored by the Bittersweet chocolate and pecan pie topped with malted banana ice cream.

Pecan and choc pie with banana ice cream at Leeds City Inn Hotel

My Trio of rhubarb comprised of a mini trifle,a  crumble and a parfait.

Rhubarb trio dessert at Leeds City Inn Hotel

The evening ended on a high with a drink at the 13th floor Sky Bar.

View from Leeds City Inn Hotel Sky Bar

View from City Inn Leeds Sky Bar at night

If you’re looking for a Leeds restaurant with with great views, the option of outdoor seating away from traffic and a good choice of quality seasonal dishes,  I’d recommend the City Inn Leeds restaurant for eating out in Leeds.  Here the link to Darren’s review of the restaurant and some ideas of things to do and see in that area.

If you’re thinking of a Leeds short break, the City Inn Leeds has some good weekend deals.  They offer free wired and wireless internet connection to guests (music to a blogger’s ears when many hotels charge £15 for 24 hours internet access).  I used the wifi in the restaurant to start uploading photos and tweet and it was a very good signal.

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About Karen Bryan

Hello, I’m Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews.

I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels