The Man Behind The Curtain

“Cutting-edge fine dining” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE

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Our Inspector's view

With its skateboard and surfboard artwork, graffiti and blaring rock music, The Man Behind The Curtain has the edgy feel of a nightclub rather than a fine dining restaurant. A cavernous basement in the heart of the city centre, the mirrors and marble add a stylish edge as do staff in contemporary uniforms. Tasting menus are the form here, with signature dishes regularly joined by new ones as the seasons roll. Although classic techniques underpin the cooking, the cutting edge style and presentation is unique and dazzling, not least because a black and white theme that runs through the dishes. A smoky barbecued red prawn appears with warming, fragrant tikka spices and might lead on to a silky iced tomato consommé with vanilla. Called ‘Emancipation’, a dish of cured cod, charred gem, dashi and vinegar is a playful deconstruction on fish and chips. Finish with chocolate crowdie and black olive.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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4 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
The Man Behind The Curtain
68–78 Vicar Lane,Lower Ground Floor Flannels,LEEDS,LS1 7JH

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 44
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 9
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Closed: 21 December to 13 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30: 80
  • Wines by the glass: 20
  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover West Yorkshire

Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.

The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions. 

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