If you live in Leeds like I do, you might be aware of the restaurant chain called Banyan. Over the past year they have opened up several branches in the area and a couple of weeks ago the latest in Horsforth. I was invited, together with Charlotte and a plus one each, to try their menu the evening before they opened up to the public. I’ve previously visited the Banyan branch in Leeds city centre so I knew we were in for a treat!
Walking in, you know it’s a Banyan restaurant. It’s pompous and classy and beautifully decorated with chrome details. It’s a one floor space, with an elevated seating section on one side overlooking the rest of the restaurant. We were seated up here, in a big rounded booth.
Once seated, we were quickly introduced to the drinks menu and orders were taken more or less straight away. I of course seaked out the gin offering and ordered a Nordic Iced Tea with lots of tropical fruits. It looks and taste even better than on paper. If you love cocktails, come here and make sure to go on a Thursday when they have a 2-4-1 offer.
Because it was the preview night, we were asked to order different meals to cover as many of them as possible. Normally I find this hard as I tend to like similar foods to others and order the same but we managed to pick different dishes both for our starters and mains. Good thing here is that we could all try a bit of each others food when it was served.
I picked a seafood theme and had Cajun Spiced Crab Croquettes for starters and Honey Baked Marinated Salmon for my main. We had the option of ordering dessert instead of our starters but we’re all preferred starters. Mine wasn’t as elegantly served as the others but it still tasted good. It was served with a little click of lime sour cream which was really nice and worked well with the fish taste.
The main was so yummy; the salmon fell apart nicely as soon as I touched it – baked to perfection. It was served on a bed of wasabi creamed potato (this is what caught my eye on the menu) and some vegetables. The wasabi mash wasn’t as strong as I first thought, to me a disappointment as I love wasabi, but still a cool touch which made mashed potato a lot more interesting. I can truly recommend this dish if you enjoy fish. It looked like small serving on arrival but I couldn’t finish it all which is a good sign it’s a sufficiant portion.
If you’re ever around in Horsforth, make sure to pay Banyan a visit! We had a really nice evning and I’d like to come back for lunch one day (not far from work) or for drinks on a Thursday evening. Have you got any other restaurants to recommend in the Horsforth area?