Beef & Bourbon @ RARE, Leeds

I love food, obviously, but I have to admit I’m not the best when it comes to sharing, which I know is a little silly as this is one of it’s beauties. So to my delight I heard that RARE were doing something called RARE TASTE WEDNESDAYS, where each week the menu would comprise 4 tasting courses using one animal, accompanied with a flight of cocktails inspired by one spirit. If we were all eating the same thing, no sharing would be required and being the carnivore that I am, it would be hopefully a win win situation, woohoo!! Myself and a friend were treated to the Beef and Bourbon Tasting menu, and as a courtesy I should probably mention that we had been invited by RARE that evening.

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Before the meal I could imagine the first three courses, but a dessert using BEEF as the star ingredient….my mind was struggling to come to terms with what might be put in front of us.

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The first course was brought in a kilner jar, which once opened released a puff of smoke, I liked the smoked oxtail which was as tender as you like, but I didn’t get much of the celeriac. The Cherry Lips drink didn’t last very long at all and was lovely and sweet.  

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The second course was a mixed bag for myself and dining partner, on the positives the beef was incredibly tender and the fennel came through well. On the negatives I found the bourbon hard to detect, and whilst the orange I liked, my friend found it too overpowering. 

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As for the third course, this was the one we both loved, no question! The beef was cooked to perfection and was flavourful, the onion macaroni was a good, unusual accompaniment which I really liked. To go with this we were given the ‘Travelling Bootlegger’ which had was a combination of cherry brandy and bourbon – delicious.

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For our final course I’d wondered how they would incorporate beef into a dessert, I couldn’t really see it myself. What they brought over was a date sponge with toffee sauce and slithers of sweet cured beef. The sponge was lovely, but it took me a while to get my head around eating beef in a dessert, for me it’s texture didn’t quite work and it was all a little too sweet for my taste.

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The last of these RARE TASTE WEDNESDAYS is on Wednesday 25th February, when they will be serving 4 courses with Lamb and Rum. It certainly was an experience I won’t forget, it may not have worked on all levels for me, but it’s great to see a restaurant pushing the boundaries and keeping people’s taste buds on their toes.

Disclaimer: I was invited by RARE that evening so my meal was complimentary, but as usual my views are my own.  

Saying that at £30 per person, it’s pretty good value considering you get a 4 course meal and 4 cocktails to boot!!

RARE
163 Lower Briggate
Leeds
LS1 6LY
http://www.eatdrinkrare.com 

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