Chef Michael O’Hare’s The Man Behind the Curtain is joining the trend of Michelin-starred eateries offering more affordable options for customers with its Menu Rapide.
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The restaurant on Vicar Lane retained its star with the publication of the UK & Ireland Michelin Guide earlier this year. The guide, in its entry for the “unconventional” restaurant, says: “The original, very creative and artfully presented dishes – many of which come with assorted Asian influences or feature the colour black – start arriving with your drink and you’ll never know quite what to expect next.”
But what the people of Leeds can now expect is the chance to dine at the celebrated spot for relatively little money.
Bookings are released two weeks in advance for the four-course lunch option (£40), or the six-course dinner (£60).
Lunch begins with ajo blanco with tomato consommé (and a touch of vanilla), then salt-aged hamachi (AKA Japanese amberjack) with lobster & a cross between bisque and the Thai dipping sauce nam jim. Diners can then choose between ‘Emancipation’ (cod loin & dashi) or crispy duck with Yorkshire rhubarb & sticky rice. For dessert, Valrhona chocolate with hazelnut caramel & birch-smoked ice cream.
For dinner, hand-massaged octopus with paprika and lemon is followed by the ajo blanco, and then the salt-aged hamachi. After this, ‘Emancipation’ and then crispy duck, and last, but by no means least, Valrhona chocolate also.