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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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A Dutch burger

For my first blog I thought long and hard about what I could write about. Having just been to Amsterdam I thought my first post could be about the humble burger. I’m not normally someone who would usually go out for a burger, but I seemed to be craving some dutch beef. After doing some research on where I could get a decent one I found Burgermeester, so ventured down to their burger joint on Albert Cuypstraat.

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On entering the place I was faced with a huge menu with all they had to offer, the wall was covered with black and white photographs of the cows which supply the beef. A breed called the Blonde d’Aquitaine are used, the cows are French but are bred in the Netherlands.

There was a wide range of burgers to choose from, from the humble beef burger, lamb burger, a spicy version of the lamb burger and a chicken burger with a curry masala for carnivores and many variations to choose from; for vegetarians they have lentil burgers and goats cheese burgers.

We decided on a cheeseburger and a lamb burger washed down with coke, surprisingly the place doesn’t serve fries with their burgers, I’m not sure if this is common place in the Netherlands, but it’s not the first time it had happened on our visit. Nevertheless, when they arrived they didn’t look too lonely because they stood tall and proud on the plate. My cheese burger was perfectly cooked, you may think cooking a good burger isn’t too difficult, but it was just pink in the middle, nicely charred on the outside and had a good dollop of mild mustard on top. The bread bun was a nice surprise too, normally I’m not impressed when the bun is soft and tasteless, but this was lovely with a proper crust to it making the burger very yummy indeed!! The lamb burger was also just as yummy and the red onion compote, I’m told was a very good compliment to the lamb.

Classic lamb burger with a red onion compote
Classic lamb burger with a red onion compote
Cheese burger with mustard and ketchup
Cheese burger with cheddar cheese, mustard and ketchup

On matters other than the actual quality of the food, the service was efficient and our food arrived in good time, it wasn’t very busy so luckily we didn’t have to stay hungry for too long. In terms of price, burgers range from 7€ to 8.50€, so not the cheapest especially as they don’t serve fries with them, but if I visited Amsterdam again, I would definitely go back for another yummy burger!