Leeds Best Steak Restaurants: Cattle Grid Review
Situated behind the Corn Exchange (you can’t miss it, there’s a huge brass cow on their roof), Cattle Grid have been something of a more slow burning success story compared to its peers. After our 10 strong group was turned away from Reds for my mates’ birthday, we decided to give this place a chance, and they fit us in within the hour. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the food was fantastic, even if the restaurant was a touch quiet and lacking the atmosphere you get in Reds.
As a group we ordered most major dishes from the menu, and everything was given a resounding thumbs up. The Half Rack of Peri Peri Ribs (10.95) I chose were spot on; they didn’t scrimp on the meat and the sauce had a decent kick, but not overly so. The staff were great fun, and very tolerant of our raucous (and slightly childish) behaviour, even giving the birthday boy a ‘dirty pint’ on the house. Talk about knowing your customers, and what better way to get points from a bunch of drunken idiots than offering free booze?
I returned recently on a Thursday, and was pleased to see the place much busier and livelier than before – word had obviously spread. This time I went for the Hot Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Sauce (8.00) to share as a starter – they were delicious. The blue cheese sauce acted as the perfect anecdote to the extra hot wings, it really worked.
I went for the 100oz Sirloin (16.95) for mains, which didn’t disappoint – you could tell it was an excellent cut, and put other more prolific Leeds steak houses to shame. The Cattle Grid is a solid establishment, and I also hear they do a cracking Sunday lunch – I’ll definitely be back.