As one of the three main drinking hubs in the city, Greek Street is ideal for your after-work sips and kick-starting nights out. While certainly delivering the goods on the bars front, it's not initially an area that springs to mind when searching for a nice meal. Proving that wrong? The Lost & Found Leeds, which offers a sophisticated respite for diners.
Decorated tastefully with a hint of whimsy from vintage prints, old globes and gramophones, this is a beautiful space no matter what time of day you head down - an echo of their Albion Place location. The restaurant is tucked away at the back; far enough from the bar that you can get lost in conversation, but close enough to enjoy the bustling atmosphere. The Lost & Found bottomless brunch in Leeds is perhaps its most famous offering, which includes live DJs on selected Saturdays this summer, but we visited on a Friday night instead. This meant the venue benefited from live music (chilled out indie hits courtesy of a singer playing guitar), making for a relaxed dinner vibe.
We started off ordering drinks - as you should at all good meals. There’s a huge range of cocktails to choose from and a decent wine list on The Lost & Found Leeds menu too. So, after some fair deliberation, a bottle of the pinot grigio blush (£25) was on the cards. This stunning rose had a delicate flavour to make it easily drinkable while not detracting from the meal itself. The food is varied too - think some British classics, Mediterranean influences and other dishes from around the world. To start, we shared the fried buttermilk chicken (£9.25) and halloumi (£8.25). The former was crispy, tender, and drizzled with red pepper ketchup, while the latter was deep-fried - giving it a coating that begs to be dipped in mayo - and garnished with a cucumber-spring onion salad.
For our mains? Two plates of the lamb mixed grill (£22) proved too difficult to resist. It's the most expensive dish on the menu, but benefitted from a seriously impressive portion size. Coming with chips, flatbread, houmous, a harissa yoghurt dip, and three tasty cuts of the meat, this mega mountain defeated both of us; neither fully clearing the plate, despite wanting to savour every morsel.
Last but not least, the dessert selection was small but sweet at The Lost & Found Greek Street. We opted for the sticky toffee pudding (£8.25) with miso caramel sauce and caramel ice cream, alongside a dark chocolate brownie (£8.50) that's accompanied by chocolate and blood orange ice cream. The classic pud was very big, very syrupy, and very much a winner, although the rich cocoa dessert with its luxurious ganache-like texture came in a close second.
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Looking for a nice place to eat where you can also stay for drinks after? The Lost & Found offers everything you could possibly need from your pick of Greek Street restaurants in Leeds. Although a little pricey on first-look, the food is great, the portions are generous and there's an extensive drinks list to match.
💰 The damage: Just over £100 for three courses each and a bottle of wine to share.
📍 The location: LS1 5PT.
👌 Perfect for: Having a bit of something for everyone.
⭐ Need to know: There's a stunning private hire space called The Hidden Library.
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