On Thursday night myself and my home girl Dawn, aka my plus one to pretty much all of life’s events, visited a new restaurant in Leeds called Lost & Found. If you’re familiar with the city of Leeds, this place is located on Greek Street in the old La Tasca building. La Tasca was literally as dry as a piece of stale bread, so I wanted to see if Lost & Found could shake this space up a little.
It’s well known with friends, family and the bathroom scales that I love food. But more than that, I love food served in an aesthetically pleasing environment. Lost & Found is that and more. Originally founded in Birmingham, the concept behind the interior is based on an old Victorian botanical hideaway.
When I say this place is interior goals I mean it’s literally #GOALS. From marble herringbone flooring, to amazing industrial style lighting and concrete effect walls, every element is beautiful.
We were greeted at the door by our waiter Chris, who showed us to our table. We ordered cocktails – a standard Mojito for me and the Ms H G Watson for Dawn, which was gin, blackberry puree, lavender syrup, apple juice, lemon and soda with a sprig of rosemary in it. Because I’m such a foodie – a word I like to use instead of troffer – I’d already cruised the menu on my lunch earlier that day.
I have to say though, it was pretty hard to choose from the main courses. From sourdough pizza’s to smoked fish pie, there was a huge variety of goodness to choose from. For starters I went with roasted mussels in lemon and parsley, while Dawn chose the smoked salmon, pickled cucumber, apple & fennel salad, dill cream cheese and rye bread. The latter went down a treat but I wasn’t overly keen on mussels. There wasn’t a single thing wrong with the dish itself, they just didn’t sit well with me and it was the first and last time I’d be trying them.
Our main courses arrived, again with great service from the waiting staff – friendly but not in your face – and I chose the bacon burger and fries. I had this the last time I ate here and I absolutely loved it so went with it again. What can I say, I’m a creature of habits. It was as tasty as I remembered it to be. Dawn on the other hand ordered fish, chips and cauliflower cheese. Yes you read that right. Cauliflower. Cheese. With fish and chips. Girlfriend knows how to capitalise on those side orders.
At this point I was as stuffed as a stuffed pepper, but the dessert menu looked too good to pass up on so I ordered a beautifully rich chocolate brownie, recommended rightly so by our waiter Chris, which came with vanilla ice cream (which tasted deliciously homemade) and a rice crispy chocolate shard. Yum, yum, in my tum. I could only manage a couple of mouthfuls because I was getting to the point where my buttons were about to pop, but it was definitely a good recommendation.
Dawn, meanwhile, ordered the plum and vanilla sweet cheese, roasted hazelnut, white chocolate crumb, which was basically an upside down cheesecake. I’ve mentioned in the past that Dawn is the Queen of cheese, and this stems to cheesecake as well so when she says this is good, then it’s good.
Running as both a bar, with outside seating, and a restaurant, this is perfect place for a date night, drinks after work with the girls or even a family catch up. Prices are great for the level of service and taste you get – never mind your swoon-worthy surroundings. Just take a look at those floral backed dining chairs.
There is so much to take in here and every corner is ready for Instagram – I’ll leave you with some more of my favourite shots and if you’re in the Leeds area then get booking a table. You won’t regret it.