Dakota Bar & Grill, Leeds City Centre

Overall Rating – 3/5

Started off well, but a little disappointing overall.

££ = £66 for two people; 1 starter to share, 2 mains, 1 dessert to share, 1 glass of wine, 2 pints of beer.


I chose to start my mission of finding the best places for a Sunday Roast around West Yorkshire here, due to seeing good reviews of the food and venue. Unfortunately I don’t think this is going to end up being one of the top rated for this particular topic.


As part of a luxury boutique hotel, the restaurant gives off a “posh”, smart vibe with the decor being all about the black furniture and mirrors. The staff were very attentive and I couldn’t fault the service although initially it did take a while to be asked what we would like to drink after we had been seated.

bread dip dakota

The Sunday menu offers 2 courses for £20, or 3 for £25. We decided to share a starter of the Tempura Prawns. Whilst we were waiting for our starter, one of the waiters brought over a complimentary “taster” of a fresh bread roll and  a tomato, goats cheese and mozzarella dip – which was lovely! The bread and dip were light enough not to fill us up thankfully.

prawns dakota

The starter of the prawns came served in a scallop shell, with a pot of freshly made garlic mayo (very strong garlic), salt crystals and lemon. The lemon was served in a fancy cloth bag, so any pips in the lemon couldn’t escape – great idea and I hadn’t seen that before! The prawns were a decent size portion and very delicious.

lamb dakota

Our main courses came, and I have to say I was expecting more… in terms of the portion, but also the quality of some of the food. Posting the above photo on my Facebook page stirred up a common reaction of “Where is the rest of the dinner? / That is not a Sunday Roast”…but you can decide for yourself.  I chose the lamb, which was cooked beautifully and was only just a good amount on the plate. The Yorkshire Puddings were decently cooked and a good size. I am not sure what the point of the small bit of watercress on the plate was all about. I felt that there shouldn’t have been more vegetables with the dinner not just small cubes of carrots, swede and parsnip. The roast potatoes were nice and the gravy was fine.

rib eye dakota

My partner chose the rib of beef, which I have to say did not look appetising at all. I know rib eye can be fatty, we cook/eat a lot of it ourselves, but the cut we were served had so much fat on it, I don’t think the restaurant should have served it at all. What meat was actually there was nice, but wasn’t great.

sticky toffee dakota

For dessert it was an easy choice to go for the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream, which was nice, but not the best one I have had and was a small portion.

In summary I can’t comment on the usual menu, but as for the Sunday Lunch, the food wasn’t bad but I didn’t feel that it was amazing or memorable and this restaurant wouldn’t be at the top of the places I would recommend based on this experience. I’d be quite interested to see what it’s like staying in the hotel though as the rooms look amazing, and not that expensive!

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