Review: Banyan Horsforth Leeds VIP Launch

This week was incredibly busy, especially in relation to blogging events. Not only did I get to review The Botanist York, I also got to attend the launch of Banyan Horsforth (Leeds) the following day.

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I’d never been to a Banyan restaurant before until attending the Banyan Horsforth launch, and I’m so glad I did. The lovely Laura and Robyn met me in Leeds and drove to Banyan, which really helped because I would have had no idea where I was going.

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To start, I decided on A Selection of Warms Breads to share on the table together. This was presented on a board which included warmed ciabatta and rosemary foccacia with olive oil and balsamic.

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There was a wonderful range of cocktails available to choose from. Every cocktail I tried tasted gorgeous and was beautifully presented.

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We did have quite a wait for our next dishes to arrive, but a member of staff came over to explain and offered us some more cocktails. I liked that they kept us informed because even though we’d been advised the staff was in training and this event was a sort of “trial run” for them, we had started to wonder where our food was.

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For our mains, there were so many tasty options to choose from. Laura ordered Rump Steak, Robyn had the Banyan Burger and I opted for the Honey Baked Marinated Salmon. All of the food was beautifully presented, but I was especially impressed with my salmon. Alongside the salmon was wasabi creamed potato, asparagus, shiso and sesame.

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Choosing from the list of decadent desserts proved really hard, so I asked our waitress what she would recommend. Robyn decided straight away on the Passion Fruit Cheesecake, whilst Laura and I struggled to decide. We both couldn’t decide between the same things though, so Laura ordered the Salted Caramel and Chocolate Torte and I chose the Warm Triple Chocolate Brownie.

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The cheesecake was delicious, as was the chocolate torte but Laura explained she couldn’t taste the caramel really. I enjoyed the chocolate brownie which had a mixture of white, milk and dark chocolate, served with yummy honeycomb ice cream.

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The new Banyan Horsforth restaurant in Leeds is incredibly impressive. I thought the layout of the restaurant and the decor was well thought out. Thank you so much to Banyan Horsforth for making us feel so welcome and ensuring we had a wonderful evening. We left with full and satisfied tummies. I’ll definitely be returning to a Banyan restaurant in the near future, possibly Banyan York.

Disclaimer: I was invited by Banyan, to sample and review the experience on their VIP night. All opinions, thoughts and photographs are genuinely my own.
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