From accessible all-day fine dining to cocktails and craft beer, Dough in the City is your new one-stop venue in the heart of Leeds.
Dough in the City is the latest addition to the Vice and Virtue family and you’ll find it on the ground floor of their New Briggate home. It’s a new all-day eatery from owners Luke Downing and Laura MacLeod that takes inspiration from their recent arrival Feed in Pudsey. So you can expect a modern pub that helps to make fine dining accessible.
The name pays homage to Luke’s first restaurant Dough in West Park, but that’s where the similarities end because Dough in the City has its own unique concept. In a world where traditional fine dining restaurants simply aren’t as successful as they once were, they wanted to try something new, that would complement their sister venue upstairs – and that’s exactly what they’ve done.
“The opportunity that arose when the bottom floor became too good to turn down,” Luke told us. “And rather than move Vice to a different location, which we had considered, we decided Dough in the City could actually be the part of the puzzle we had been searching for. Vice is very much an evening concept. Dough, like Feed, is intentionally characterful and built with personality. We don’t want to hide behind a brand, but embrace it and grow with it. We’re as independent as they come, and with the staff we’ve got on board, we thought the all-day approach would suit Dough perfectly, just as it has at Feed.”
Luke and Laura have teamed up with Feed’s head chef Jonathan Hawthorne to create a fun, modern menu that doesn’t compromise on the quality or the techniques you’d find in their fine dining establishments. But at the same time, it’s designed to make eating out more accessible, so you can enjoy great food in a relaxed setting.
You can kick off your day from 8am, when they start serving their brunch menu. They do twists on classics, like the Bircher Muesli with whisky, toasted coconut and cherry or the Dough Benedict, which comes topped with ham, chorizo jam and Béarnaise. Their Steak and Eggs are sure to be popular too, they come on a bed of waffles and watercress, and according to Luke, they’re perfect for a hangover. Of course, if you want something a little more adventurous, you could always try the Red Lentil Massala with spinach, avocado, poached egg and coriander.
That menu is available until 5pm, when their evening service begins. To start, why not try their Fried Chicken? It’s served with pineapple, kimchi and mooli slaw. Or you could go for the Not a Prawn Cocktail. It’s an innovative take on the age-old classic, which sees juicy black king prawns covered in gochujang, a fermented red chilli bean paste and black sesame seeds, instead of Marie Rose.
There are just five main courses, but what they lack in choice, they make up for in the detail, with dishes like Smoked Flank Steak, complete with chimichurri, tomato, oyster mushroom and béarnaise. All of their mains are gluten-free, but if you want a veggie option, go for the Cauliflower Arrabbiata with vegan cheese, yeast and pesto. Pair your main with sides like Agave Parsnips, Corn on the Cob, Crispy Potato and Brussel Sprouts.
Make sure you’ve left room for dessert though, because like Feed, their stand out dish is the Dough Ice Cream Sundae. “The Sundae is probably something of a signature dish,” Luke told us. “There’s raspberry ripple ice cream that we’ve made, marshmallows, pretzels, peanut butter, raspberries, whipped cream, glacier cherries, cinder toffee, condensed milk, and other things I can’t even think of. An array of weird and wonderful things. It’s very different to your standard ice cream.”
Their roast dinners are not to be sniffed at either. Head in on a Sunday between 12pm and 9.30pm and choose from Ponzu Venison, Roast Topside of Beef, Porchetta or Burnt Cauliflower – they come with all the trimmings, including a giant Yorkshire pudding on top.
Alongside the food, they’ve got a concise, but creative menu of cocktails designed to suit all tastes. Take the Poppy Fizz for example, it’s a mix of citrus vodka, poppy, lemon and prosecco. Prefer wine? There’s loads of choice from the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to the Argentinian Malbec and the French Comte de Provence Rose.
Beer-lovers are well catered for too. They have 12 draught lines behind the bar, with an array of quality craft brews, like Magic Rock’s Highwire Grapefruit, Beavertown’s Gamma Ray and Camden’s Gentleman’s Wit, as well as their own house lager Holsten Vier. They have even more in the fridge too. Too early for booze? Go for one of their Casa Espresso coffees, with everything from the usual lattes to Piccolos, Cortados or their Espresso Tonic.
As for the venue itself, they’ve transformed what used to be Kaveri’s Indian and Lemongrass Thai into a contemporary restaurant. Neon signs adorn the walls, reclaimed wooden tables are surrounded by comfy seats and plants add a pop of colour. Not only that, but there’s also a secret doorway that leads you upstairs into Vice’s cocktail lounge, which has also undergone a refurbishment recently.
Dough in the City is the latest addition to the Vice and Virtue family, one that has been designed to cater to all people at any time of day, a place where creativity, quality and accessibility go hand-in-hand… so what are you waiting for? Check it out!
Dough in the City, 72 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU. It’s open 8am to 2am every day.Cover image copyright Will Stanley Photo.