Great for business lunches or a romantic meal for two. Situated on the main parade of shops and restaurants in Saltaire. I went for lunch with our PR consultant and we both enjoyed a light lunch.
Food amazing and very well presented. Good quantity and reasonably priced. Service extremely slow (Business or their light lunch takes up the whole afternoon) even though each visit we have been the only people in. We wonder if its so slow in order to make you buy more drinks in the interim as asked several times if further drinks required. Coke is served in short measures as well as the glass being stuffed full with ice. Also we hate the salt and pepper which is served in help yourself with your fingers bowls yuk!!.
Well we went for our anniversary and it was excellent ! we did not book, but were warned there was only 2 waiting staff on, this was not a problem. All the food was excellent, my trio of puddings was made specially to cater for the puddings I liked. We had one small mishap the coffee had the wrong liquor, however was changed as soon as informed. Excellent place to go , next time will try the lunch menu. Consider this as a place to go YOU WILL LOVE IT !
we live in the area and have only been once, it was excellent, were going again tom evening, so fingers crossed it will be as good the second time.
We have dined at the La Rue several times over the past few years and have always enjoyed the food. Nearly every time we have been there, though, they have made a mistake with our bill. Usually it was an extra bottle of wine they tried to charge for but last night took the biscuit. Our party of 4 was presented with a bill for nearly £220 which included 8 starters and 8 main courses. The correct bill was around £110. When we asked, we were told that we had not been given the bill intended for another table - it was just a mistake. I recommend the food at La Rue but check every item on your bill if you decide to eat there.
I took my Mum to La Rue as on the few occasions I had been I have to say the service and food was excellent. Unfortunately this time there were a few issues that spoilt what could have been a great meal.
We were booked in at 6.30, being the first in we were seated in the most secluded corner,as it was not busy I could not see why we couldn't be seated in a vacant 'window seat'. The starters, pate and terrine were lovely and decent portions. The fish stew again was delicious, the only fault I could pick was the 5 min delay in the veg side dish being brought to our table, with the numerous staff not seeming hurried.That aside we enjoyed the main as much as the starter.
However it went downwards when we decided to order a pudding, the trio of strawberries, perhaps they should re think the spoons used to serve as the elderflower jelly was difficult to eat from a tall shot glass with a large desert spoon. The BIG problem was the eton mess - I couldn't quite put my finger on it at first but soon realised there was a garlic taste to the cream, the head waitress took it away and suggested the cream may be off -a little off putting perhaps but she did come back agreeing on the garlic. She suggested that the 'mashing impliment may have been used to crush garlic too.That was fine but we were only offered the dessert not be charged for - we left with a bitter taste in our mouths, more to do with the customer service/relations than the actual quality of food.
We've been to this restaurant three times now, and although the food has been exceptional every time, we simply can't justify going back any more. Why? Very simple really. Each time we have been to La Rue we have received unbelievably slow service. You can forgive this on the occasional visit but not every time! The waitresses rush around with their eyes on the floor or ceiling to avoid your attempts to make eye contact. Simply not good enough. Great food though.
I'm sorry, but I have to say that this is one of the worst meals at this kind of price I have eaten in a long time. We decided to try La Rue again after some years where previously we had not enjoyed it on more than one occasion.
"It's changed", say people. Well, it hadn't! From the outset, the choice of pre-dinner drinks was abysmal and the poor waitresses had no idea about anything other than, "there's beer" pointing to the lager and "... erm ... some shots". Great! I'll have a German Pils, which clearly tasted of maize and so could not be a German Pils. Oh well ... let's hope the food is better.
What a bizarre menu! I'm all for adventurous, but taking a classic combination and sticking a polar opposite from out in left field just because, well it just doesn't work. That went on through the starters to the mains. Scrabbling for something that I could eat, I opted for a Kofta starter with some out of the bottle chilli sauce and a tzatziki without the ziki! My wife had a smoked salmon and pea tart, which turned to the be pureed, rather missing the point of beautiful flakes of smoked salmon and rather tasted of baby food! Oh, the Kofta was on a torilla! What? Yes, I know ...
The mains faired no better. I had lamb shank in a roasted mediterranean vegetable jus with garlic potatoes. Gorgeous, except for the flavour which jarred between the roasted vegetable jus and the creamy garlic potatoe gratin. Nooooo ... crushed garlic potatoes. Did I say, classic combinations with a left field entry? My wife has a piece of salmon, which could have been good if it had been cooked in butter to bring out the sumptuous flavour of the salmon, but it was served with an utterly tasteless rositto. Tasteless? Yes, clearly no use of a good stock made from left over bones, most likely water, salt and perhaps a splash of wine. Even lemon juice would have lifted it a little.
Puddings. How can they mess this up? Well, I was so fed up by this point, I asked for a mix and match so as to avoid the bizarre combinations and opted for a custard tart with some vanilla ice cream. Finally, I'd found something on the menu that worked, yet I'd had to put it together. I forget what my wife had, but she left it.
How disappointing. I got a decent grappa to take the taste away and my wife had a coffee, which they'd manage to burn. Oh well, we won't be going there again. Sounding most pompous, I should suggest that the chef find a culinary primer course in classic combinations and stick to it - the basic are good, but when put together simply do not work.
I can't even give the place 1/10 - there were no saving graces. I simply cannot recommend this to anyone.
First Class. With such a varied menu it is always difficult to choose though, my favourites which I can highly recommend are the Crab Tart starter followed by the Duo of Duck. The food here is excellent, fresh, tender, tasty and always looks good enough to eat! Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly and attentive staff which adds to the lovely atmosphere and ambience here. Excellent value for money is the icing on the cake. My favourite restaurant, my favourite night out.