Steak anyone?

Miller & Carter steak restaurant recently opened in January (part of the Light) in Leeds city centre, I’d fancied going for a while so we went for a late Sunday lunch. The interior is lovely with brown decor and bare brick walls, art work of bulls covering the walls.

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The staff were friendly and we were given the choice of where to sit, so we opted for a table near the back of the restaurant where it was a little quieter.

The menu is divided into starters, steaks, other main courses and side orders. The steaks range from an 8oz rump (£12.50) to a chateaubriand (£41.95) to share. Other main courses include burgers, sea bass, steak pie and barbecue chicken.

We decided on a cherry tomato, mozzarella and rocket salad and duck rilette to start, then an 8oz fillet and sirloin steak with five mushroom chasseur. Steaks come with a wedge of iceberg lettuce and a dressing of your choice.

In terms of drinks, there’s a good selection of wine at reasonable prices, starting at £13. We ordered a bottle of pinot grigio which was £14.50, a jug of water and a coke.

The drinks arrived within a few minutes, I’m not a snob or anything but having worked as a waitress in a restaurant during my university years, I have the understanding that the customer is always asked if they would like to taste the wine before the first proper glass is poured. This didn’t happen and the waitress just poured our wine and walked off.

The starters arrived and looked very nice, my duck rillete was delicious, the portion size generous, the caramelised onions soft with a lovely tangy sauce which cut through the pate well. The ciabatton were warm and nicely toasted so that was a good start.

Duck rilette, slow cooked shredded duck  pate with caramelised onions and toasted ciabatton.
Duck rilette, slow cooked shredded duck pate with caramelised onions and toasted ciabatton.

My fellow diner’s salad was a bit nondescript, the cherry tomatoes lacked flavour, the mozzarella was soft and quite creamy, but still nothing special and they’d had much better in other establishments. The pesto dressing didn’t have much impact and could have been used more.

Cherry tomato, mozzarella and tomato salad, with pesto dressing.
Cherry tomato, mozzarella and tomato salad, with pesto dressing.

A few minutes after our starters had been taken away, the waitress brought us our iceberg lettuce wedges, the lettuce was crisp and they tasted nice with the different dressings. The garlic wasn’t too strong which is always a good thing and the bacon had a nice saltiness.

Iceberg lettuce wedge with bacon and honey mustard, garlic and chive mayonnaise with parmesan.
Iceberg lettuce wedge with bacon and honey mustard, garlic and chive mayonnaise with parmesan.

This increased our anticipation for the main event, even more so when I could see from our table the chefs working in the open kitchen. Our steaks arrived and looked great, and apart from the lettuce wedge all steaks come with fries, something called an onion loaf, cherry tomatoes and a sauce of your choice.

Both steaks were ordered medium rare, the fillet was cooked to perfection, the lightly salted fries were crisp and the onion loaf (a bit like an onion bhaji) was tasty and a good addition to the dish.

Fillet steak with fries, cherry tomatoes and onion loaf.
Fillet steak with fries, cherry tomatoes and onion loaf.

My sirloin unfortunately was very salty. This was really disappointing because everything else on the plate was very nice, even the mushroom chasseur was a good accompaniment to the steak. The quality of the beef was excellent so the issue with seasoning was a real shame!!

Sirloin steak, with garlic butter and mushroom chasseur sauce.
Sirloin steak, with garlic butter and mushroom chasseur sauce.

The waitress came over but I had already eaten a third, I know I should have asked for another one, but I didn’t want to wait and don’t think I could eat another 8oz steak. To check I even asked my fellow diner (who likes salt) to taste it and he agreed. I just cut off the top layer and ate what was very succulent and juicy. I did mention it to the waitress when she cleared the table though.

We ordered desserts (usually we leave out desserts but we still had room in our stomachs), a creme brûlée and caramel apple crumble tart with custard. The creme brûlée is a favourite and part of the fun is breaking open the caramelised sugar top, unfortunately the top was very soft and there was hardly any sugar on the top (as you can see in the photo). The brûlée underneath was tasty though.

Creme brûlée.
Creme brûlée.

My apple crumble tart was nice, the custard ok, nothing special though.

Caramel apple crumble with custard.
Caramel apple crumble with custard.

In total the bill came to £73.95 for 2 people, (3 courses each) including a bottle of wine. I am very undecided on whether it was worth the price. It wasn’t cheap and I was surprised they misjudged the seasoning so badly on my steak (considering it’s a steak restaurant) and also with the other errors with the food. The service was fine but could be fine-tuned. I’m hoping this was a one-off and they don’t make these mistakes a regular thing. I doubt I’ll be a regular customer especially with the competition in the city centre.

Miller & Carter
56-58 The Headrow
Leeds
LS1 8TL
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