April 12, 2021

Our verdict: The Cast Iron Bar & Grill, Marriott Hotel, Leeds

Although it’s been open a few months now, the Cast Iron Bar & Grill at Leeds’ Marriott Hotel on Boar Lane has already attracted attention for the quality of its offering.

Located at the heart of Leeds’ city centre, the steakhouse brings a wide-ranging selection of dishes in modern, contemporary surroundings. Its menu encompasses everything from traditional classics, such as its signature Cast Iron burger and its 28-day aged cuts of premium steak, through to innovative creations that draw inspiration from across the globe, such as its Odeiga-spiced Chicken Hoagies and Pea, Herb & Feta Frittata.

Mirroring the rich variety of its menu, Cast Iron Bar & Grill also has an extensive drinks list including an impressive selection of wines.

To look at the menus or make a reservation visit: www.tableresmarriott.com/cast-iron-bar-grill-restaurant-leeds.

EatDrinkYorkshire’s Verdict:

Opting to begin with some fruits of the sea before moving onto meatier options for our mains, we chose the Grilled King Scallops and Crispy Calamari to start. While it can be so easy to overcook seafood, both dishes were not only perfectly done but were enhanced further by their respective flavourings, paprika lending a subtle smokiness to the calamari in particular. The crispy pancetta also took the scallops up an extra notch.

For our mains, we selected the Baby Back Pork Ribs, which were very good (the meat falling effortless off the bone), accompanied by a generous serving of slaw and tasty Sage-Batter Onion Rings.

As we’re all about espousing the best that Yorkshire has to offer, our visit wouldn’t have been complete without trying the steak, sourced from local farmers in Nidderdale, deep in the Yorkshire Dales. The 28-day ageing process gave the steak, which was cooked bang on medium-rare as requested, a tremendous succulence and flavour, making it amongst the best we’ve ever had (which is saying something!).

Given the meatiness of our mains, we opted for a red wine and weren’t disappointed by a no-nonsense Spanish sweet red blend aptly named The Guv’nor.

After such a hearty feed we couldn’t find room for any of the tempting desserts, although the variety on offer matched that of the main menu. There’s alway next time though, as we’ll certainly be returning.