If you want to tuck into classic British food made using quality ingredients, you need to check out The Whitehall.
The newest addition to West Point is The Whitehall. It’s in place of the former Rosso’s Italian and offers a tempting menu of refined British food as well as Italian favourites like pizza and pasta. This is the realisation of a dream for owners Fatjon Muca and Lauren Moullalil. They met working in the industry 8 years ago and they’ve wanted to open their own restaurant since. That moment has now arrived and they’ve quickly put their own stamp on the venue.
“The building has quite an industrial feel with its large steel-framed windows and high ceilings,” Lauren told us. “We wanted to work with that but soften it up by adding different textures. The tan leather chairs, booth seating and the light wood bar tables warm up the space, creating a modern yet relaxed environment. The restaurant is south-west facing, ensuring our terrace sees the sun from morning until night. Inside, the space is very bright and airy and our open bar and kitchen creates a great buzz throughout.”
Head Chef Ainsleigh Pickard has put together a menu of modern British dishes that use classic ingredients to make simple but imaginative food. Start with a staple like wild mushrooms with pickled shallots and truffled focaccia or choose a few of their small plates to share like marinated tomato bruschetta, wasabi coated king prawns and boneless chicken wings.
Their mains are just as creative. You can tuck into dishes like chicken and chorizo in cider, served with roast garlic potato puree and charred leeks. Or why not try the cauliflower and chickpea polenta cakes with harissa hummus, almond & shallot dressing? The torched hake gets Lauren’s vote, “It’s the perfect summer dish and the different elements really highlight the beauty of the hake. The summer vegetables give a light freshness and the butter shrimp sauce glazes the torched fish for a nutty flavour.”
They have an extensive wine list, and because their servers have tasted everything on their menu, they can help you find the perfect bottle to go with your meal. Try a mix of classic and rare labels, like the Bodega Ruca Malen, a full-bodied Malbec chosen to go with their grill dishes. Or there’s the Source Gabriel Provence Rosé, a soft and creamy wine perfect for summer that pairs well with their salad and fish courses.
Prefer cocktails? Bar Manager Alex Morton has put together a creative cocktail menu of old favourites and new concoctions. Take the Peanut Butter Old Fashioned. It’s a moreish cocktail that uses peanut butter-washed Shackleton Blended Malt. Or you can try their Lychee Daiquiri, which pairs Takamaka Bay White Rum and Supasawa Cocktail Mixer with a sharp lychee liqueur.
The Whitehall is a cool restaurant where you can enjoy a refined take on classic British food, so when are you going?
The Whitehall, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.