The Man Behind The Curtain
“Cutting-edge fine dining” - AA Inspector
LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE
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 of the black and white theme that runs through the dishes. As is the trend with young chefs these days, little is given away on the menu. So, Otoro Hand Roll – wasabi, Wagyu fat and toast gravy only gives hints for the start of this adventure. Likewise, Black Caesar – Iberico pork, garlic, egg and anchovy. Tiramisù may sound familiar but in Michael’s hands it will be anything but; this dish is accompanied by 'cold brew and edible wrapper'.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 44
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 9
- Accessible toilets
- Closed: 21 December to 13 January
- Wines over £30: 80
- Wines by the glass: 20
- Cuisine style: Modern European
- Vegetarian menu
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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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