“ Address: 8 South Parade / Leeds / LS1 5QX / England „
Having eaten there previously, and thoroughly enjoying it, I was rather delighted to be taken to "Sams Chop House" for Valentines night.
What and where is it?
"Sams Chop House" (8 South Parade,Leeds,LS1 5QX, link to a map is at the bottom of my review) is an extension of Manchesters "Sams Chop House", and "Mr Thomas's Chop House".
The bar is open between 11am to 11pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 11am to 12pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Lunch is served between 12am and 3pm.
Dinner is served between 5.30pm to 11pm, with last orders being from 9.30pm Sunday to Thursday, and until 10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
The building is lovely on both the inside and the outside. The mixture of dark wood heavy curtains, and pretty chandeliers makes the restaurant really lovely to look at, and very comfortable to eat in.
The seating is very comfortable, and although there are quite a few tables packed into a relitively small space, it doesnt feel cramped at all.
If you are a curious (easily bored) customer, like myself, then you will enjoy all of the interesting things to look at and read. On the walls, there are caricatures of staff and customers, drawn by the artist David James Moss. There are also interesting quotations, reviews, and little bits of trivia on the walls, and the menus.
Im going to tell you what I ate on Valentines night (from a special Valentines menu), but also whats available normally.
On Valentines, we ordered from a special menu. For £34.95, we got three courses, a glass of champagne, and some little nibbly bits to start.
For my starter, i chose Chicken Liver parfait, which i have eaten there before.
You can order this on the normal menu for £5.85.
The Chicken Liver parfait is encased in truffled butter, on crusty bread, with a side of red cranberry chutney.
This is a beautiful beautiful starter. The parfait is gorgeously smooth, and the truffled butter is the perfect compliment. My only gripe is, that there isnt really enough crusty bread, but its only a small complaint.
Other starters available on the normal menu include-Scottish mussels, cauliflower cheese soup, potted shrimps and bubble and squeak with poached egg and bacon.
Starters range in price from £4.85 to £6.35.
For my main, I ordered a well done steak (yes, everyone shouts at me for having steak well done...but i dont want it moo-ing) with bernaise sauce, and pan fried mushrooms. A little bowl of chips were brought out on the side.
The steak and the sauce were absolutely beautiful. The chips were cripsy, and just the right amount.
This meal isnt available on the normal menu, however, you can order a steak served with Cafe du Paris butter and chips for £16.50.
Other mains available on the day to day menu include-Steak and Kidney Pudding, English Lamb shoulder,Slow cooked beef in red wine and Onions and Sams famous homemade corned beef hash (to name a few).
Vegitarian main meals are also available. They include- Wild mushroom wellington, Beetroot red onion and Yorkshire fine fettle tart, and (if you dont mind eating fishies) Pan seared Salmon, (to name a few).
Main meals range in price from £9.25 to £16.50.
For my dessert I enjoyed a chocolate cake with dark chocolate sauce, and banana on the side, which was utterly delicious.
Again, this isnt available on the normal menu, however there is lots to choose from, including a gorgeous sticky toffee pudding, for £4.85, and seasonal fruit crumble, also for £4.85.
Puddings are mostly £4.85, except for the cheeseboard, which is £8.75, and big enough to share.
A childrens menu is also available, as is a sunday lunch menu, where you pay £14.95 for two courses, and £17.95 for three courses.
This is a really lovely restaurant to eat at. The staff are friendly and very efficient. The food is very tasty, and beautifully served, and quite a reasonable price for a nice night out. There are many drinks and wines available, for all price ranges.
There is live Jazz music on Sundays from 1pm.
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If you live in or around Manchester or Leeds you may well have heard of these restaurants before, especially in Manchester where there are two of their restaurants and are normally bustling with activity. If you go into Sam's or Toms in Manchester you will find the movers and shakers of the City spoiling themselves with good drink and better food. But the point with this review is that you can too, because even though the quality is excellent, it isn't 'ring the bank manager expensive'.
I had seen Sam's Chop House a lot before I eventually went in, it is in a part of Leeds where your almost guaranteed to queue if you are in the car, but outside of Sam's they have a selection of blackboards all boasting compliments of what people have said about the restaurant. The one I found on the restaurant was:
"Remember the good old days when service wore its best smile, food was hearty & calories hadn't even been thought of? The people at Sam's do."
But there are plenty of others, one even suggested by a food critic was that Sam's was one of the top ten restaurants in Yorkshire! High praise indeed!
Okay, so I'm not sure how these restaurant reviews normally go, but I am going to write about some of the stuff on the menu that I would normally order, tell you how good it is and go from there, for a starter I would normally either go for Chicken Liver parfait or pan-seared scallops they will cost £5.95 or £6.95 respectfully. The scallops are truly divine and are served with curried cauliflower purée, black pudding hash & macerated grapes , that might sound like a bit of a miss match, but it all goes together wonderfully to create a beautiful starter, the only down side is that you only get two scallops and when you are paying £7 thats a bit rich (get it).
On to the mains and the things that I would normally go for are Sam's Homemade Fish Pie, Venison Haunch or Pan fried calves liver and mash, these will cost £8.95, £16.95 or £15.95 respectfully. Because I want you to get an idea of what sort of level the cooking is at I am going to give you the description as per their web site.
Sam's Homemade Fish Pie
Made with salmon, whiting, king prawns & baby squid, topped with a cheese & herb mash.
Served with seasonal vegetables
An 8oz fillet of venison cooked medium-rare & served with smoky bacon & spinach, carrot, celeriac, butter-braised potato & a classic red wine sauce finished with dark chocolate.
Pan-fried Calves Liver & Mash
A tender slice of calves liver, pan fried & served with mash, onion gravy & fine green beans.
This is where I begin to wish I had eaten before writing the review as it has me salivating at the very prospect of it. If you are still hungry after these delights then the deserts menu isn't to be scoffed at either, I must admit though that I have never got this far, this is mainly because I haven't been able to leave anything on my plate from the previous two courses. But the deserts menu includes Iced Banoffee Parfait and Homemade Pear Tart & Gingerbread Ice Cream.
Sam's is more than just a restaurant though, great pride has been taken while designing the inside and you get a comfortable feeling as soon as you are there, it is as much a place to go for a drink with friends as it is somewhere to eat. It boasts 'Officially Leeds best wine list 2008', and has a large array of real ales if that's your thing.
There are also various events to take part in, Jazz Sunday lunch where you get two courses and a drink for £14.95 while having a jazz trio keep you entertained, they have a swing singer on a Friday night which I believe is very good and they are open till 1.00am on a Saturday with live soul and funk DJ.
I requested this restaurant be added to dooyoo, and I am pleased it has been, I would suggest to anyone that if you live in or around Manchester or Leeds that you find your local one and drop in, it is truly one of the best restaurants I have been into since moving to Leeds!
Please note, this is my first Restaurant review, not including McDonalds obviously, so I am happy to take on board any advice that may be thrown my way.
Traditional English food in a casual, fun atmosphere featuring live jazz and entertainment. Locally owned and operated.