RestaurantsWest YorkshireLeedsLS1

survey result

Summary

£63
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Michael O’Hare is a great innovator and leader of his team” and has won fame for this (perhaps excessively monochrome) basement in the city-centre. “All staff are exceptional and work as a team and the chefs bring some of the courses out and explain the concepts” of a wild and wacky gastronomic journey whose tasting menu aims for showmanship and culinary fireworks. No gripes this year about the pricing and ratings for the experience were consistently very high. That said, there is not quite the huge volume of feedback it once inspired.

Summary

£119
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Everything about The Man Behind The Curtain is exciting, delivering star quality without being stuffy and dry!” – Michael O’Hare’s “genuinely exceptional and innovative” city-centre venture is “set in a basement, but a really trendy and modern one”, and he has carved his major gastronomic reputation with “serious food with a sense of fun and almost ridiculous attention to detail”. But whereas most reporters remain dazzled by his culinary pyrotechnics (not to mention the crockery!), ratings are again sapped by a minority for whom the performance is not terrible but “vastly overrated”, not helped by prices – in particular for wine – which can be a bit “galling”.

Summary

£119
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Everything about The Man Behind The Curtain is exciting, delivering star quality without being stuffy and dry!” – Michael O’Hare’s “genuinely exceptional and innovative” city-centre venture is “set in a basement, but a really trendy and modern one”, and he has carved his major gastronomic reputation with “serious food with a sense of fun and almost ridiculous attention to detail”. But whereas most reporters remain dazzled by his culinary pyrotechnics (not to mention the crockery!), ratings are again sapped by a minority for whom the performance is not terrible but “vastly overrated”, not helped by prices – in particular for wine – which can be a bit “galling”.

Summary

£129
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Takes all your prejudices and chucks ’em out of the window” – Michael O’Hare’s wild and wacky city-centre four-year-old continues to astound and delight its large fan base with multi-course extravaganzas that are a total wow: “pure theatre”, with “sensational” dishes (“beautifully artistic presentations, without losing any balance of texture or flavour”) delivered by “great northern servers who cut through the potential pretension”. There’s no hiding, however, that it has put in a more mixed performance since it moved in October 2017 from the quirky rooftop space over the Flannels department store to the newly-converted basement below it, with a vocal minority of refuseniks now dragging ratings down: “not as good as it used to be…”, “more style over substance now…”, “chef seems to be playing the ‘superstar’, but the food can be disappointing”.

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The Man Behind The Curtain Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Man Behind The Curtain Restaurant in LS1, Leeds by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Man Behind The Curtain restaurant.
John G
Continues to evolve and some excellent dish...
Reviewed 4 months, 28 days ago

"Continues to evolve and some excellent dishes, but let down by 2 dishes being below correct serving temperature. Interesting space and justifiably very popular"

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Fiona C
The food pushed the limits of taste even fu...
Reviewed 11 months, 19 days ago

"The food pushed the limits of taste even further than the Fat Duck but we loved it even if some dishes went a little far (oyster in a dessert?). Service was superb but four and a half hours seemed a bit slow, even for fourteen courses."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £17.00 £20.00
Dinner   £132.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 88.00 Lunch only 9
Menu2 132.00 Dinner only 14

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.00 £22.00 £4.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £20.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
Top Floor Flannels, 68-78 Vicar Ln, Leeds, LS1 7JH
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Wednesday6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday1 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday1 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday1 pm‑2 pm, 5 pm‑8:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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