Wow! Such an impressive venue! Leeds’ second The Lost and Found Restaurant has recently opened up on Albion Place and it’s stunning! I’ve never been to this venue before so I can’t say how it used to look but it doesn’t matter, only how it’s presented now. The Lost and Found have done an amazing job decorating. It’s an eclectic interior style where tropical meets apothecary. You can imagine my fascination over it being obsessed with skulls and flamingos, although the tropical theme is only portrayed through massive plants furniture with a forest feel.
The Lost and Found Cocktails
Benedict Pike’s The Lost and Found is set across two floors. Starting on the first floor, at the huge bar area with relaxing living room seating, we enjoyed a couple of pre-drinks before heading upstairs for dinner. The drinks menu is extensive but includes a taste chart to help deciding. The bartenders are at hand as well to serve your favourites. I tried ‘Highland Bloom’ and ‘Picture Perfect’ and found that the latter is my favourite. I’ve never tried a cocktail like it before. If pear bake well tarts exists, this is the liquid equivalent. It starts with a clear pear drops taste and leaves with an almonds after taste. Sipping on a cocktail under the massive tree that takes centre stage here at this The Lost and Found branch adds something extra to Leeds’ bar scene.
Continuing the night, we walked up an impressive set of stairs with more apothecary interior details to reach the second floor, past the board room that’s available for private hire, to our dining table. Again, entering this room with oohs and aahs and I love the massive tropical plants so much. Greenery always brings life to any room.
The Lost and Found Food
The food menu has less options compared to the cocktail menu but it covers everything you need and has something for everyone. I think I’ve mentioned this before, I prefer a smaller menu as you know the chefs will perfect these dishes rather than spreading themselves thin with lots of options. Together we shared a ‘Warm Bread’ and ‘Antipasti’ plate. The breads are freshly baked and very moorish together with cheese and meat. I wouldn’t order the bread plate on its own, perhaps if there was more of the oil and vinegar and the beetroot hummus – so tasty!
For main, I had the lamb on saffron risotto (‘Lamb Osso Buco’). It might not look as much but it’s very tasty. The lamb melts when touched by the knife and the risotto has a nice gentle taste of saffron. Personally I think the rice could have stayed on the stove longer, I like my risotto soft like porridge. The green beans compliments this dish really well. Tina had the pork which looks incredible and Ryan the steak which I’d love to try another time.
I’m normally not a dessert eater, I prefer a starter, but when offered, it’s rude to say no. I love The Lost and Found’s idea behind the top three desserts. You can order a full portion of it, or a mini portion which accompanied with a matching cocktail. With the cocktail the desserts are £10 and on their own £7-8. Perfect for me who rather has a cocktail for dessert, this way you get the best of both. I chose the ‘Earl Grey Pannacotta’.
This was such a lovely evening. The best staff to make sure our glasses were never empty and that we got the best out of or food experience.
Have you been to The Lost and Found yet? If not, are you planning to go?
I was invited to try the Lost and Found drink and dining experience in return for this honest post. All views are my own.