When it comes to contemporary fine dining in Leeds, Mark Owens (ex-head chef at The Box Tree) and MasterChef semi-finalist Elizabeth Cottam have excelled themselves with their small-plates restaurant, Home. The pair have transformed this once-shabby top-floor space on the city’s oldest street into a bar-restaurant that is simultaneously informal and up-to-the-minute trendy.
The warm welcome we received from staff on arrival, together with the prompt offer of a glass of whatever we fancied (complimentary to guests dining from the 10-course tasting menu), made an excellent start to an evening of flawless culinary creations. From the Bellini truffle bar snacks paired with a glass of crisp English sparkling wine, to the delicately spiced carrot cake with cream-cheese ice cream that rounded off the meal, each dish was meticulously composed to ensure maximum flavour, exquisite textures and first-rate presentation.
The monthly changing tasting menu comes in standard, vegetarian and pescatarian versions, though there’s also a five-course ‘selection’ menu and Sunday lunch. Our favourite dishes were the spiced aubergine pasty; the salt-aged duck with chocolate, hazelnut, salsify and cherry; and the perfectly balanced lemon verbena parfait with white-tea custard. Each dish is delivered and explained by the chef (a nice touch), but what especially made our evening was the friendly, knowledgeable waitress. This, together with the top-quality ingredients and superb value, compels us to conclude that there really is no place like Home.