Friday nights were made for bottomless drinks, so make the most of this exceptional supper club.
You finish work, you head out, but where should you go? It might be time to think a little outside the box, because there’s a new contender for you to consider – FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar. Their new bottomless supper club menu simply has to be tried – the food is creative, the drinks are free-flowing, and it’ll only set you back £35.
Every Friday from 5-10pm, those lucky enough to nab a table can fill their bellies with a snack, main and side, then wash it all down with bottomless draught beer, prosecco, house wine and soft drinks. Glass in hand, the evening starts with a snack, but this is no ordinary nibble.
Take their smoked sausage bites for example – thanks to FireLake’s North American-style cooking (the original FireLake restaurants were born in Minnesota), the focus is on celebrating these meaty treats in all their sticky glory. The restaurant has its own smoker in the kitchen, so these sausages are home-smoked, before being smothered in their signature sticky glaze, made from maple syrup, black treacle, honey and sugar. A sweet success, deep fried crispy onions complete the dish with a savoury crunch. Delicious.
If you like a little kick with your snack, the habanero pork scratchings will hit the spot. These babies are a work of art, after no less than six hours of cooking on the stove. Followed by overnight dehydration, and finally, a quick dip into the fryer, these light crispy snacks come to life when tossed with their sea salt and habanero spicy sauce mix.
Don’t worry, veggies are well catered for too. There’s only one thing better than cheese fondue – double cheese fondue! True to its smokey roots, FireLake has teamed traditional béchamel sauce with applewood smoked cheese. The result is intensely flavoured and marvellously gooey – finished under the grill for that crispy topping. Sultana bread is on hand for dipping, a twist on the norm, but trust us, it’s the perfect mix of sweet and savoury. Get it to share or, for the gluttons among you, delve into a fondue of your own. No one’s judging.
Onto the mains, and the standout dish has to be their Yorkshire chorizo hot dog. Toss out those images of pale hotdogs in stale buns, this is a Yorkshire-smoked chorizo sausage, nestled between a buttery brioche roll and loaded with tangy apple cider onions and applewood smoked cheese. Cooked over charcoal in their state-of-the-art Josper Oven, it’s an indulgent, smokey masterpiece. Polish it off with skinny fries and a fresh lime and scotch bonnet chilli mayo, and you’ll soon be wondering if you could fit a charcoal oven into your own kitchen.
That’s just one of a whole list of intriguing main dishes. Check out the pretzel bun burgers made with locally-sourced steak and bone-marrow patties. They’re a flavour sensation and even the bun is glazed to sticky, sweet, salty perfection. Meanwhile, vegetarians can get stuck into the homemade beetroot and quinoa burger, seasoned with no less than eight different ingredients, including parsley, thyme and rosemary, to name but a few. You’ll find it sandwiched between a homemade charcoal bun, made from FireLake’s own secret recipe.
Classic carnivores can sink their teeth into a flavoursome, 224 gram flat iron steak teamed with caramelised onions and triple cooked chips. The meat comes R & J Butchers over in Ripon, so you can be assured of the freshest cuts of Yorkshire’s finest beef. And if you want to get a taste of the grill without the meat, the charred cauliflower steak with crispy polenta chips and vibrant pomegranate will hit the spot.
Yorkshire meets New York with the final main on FireLake’s supper club menu – The New Yorker Sandwich. This was their most asked for dish, so they decided to put it on the menu – but they’ve made it a little bit more adventurous. It is a monster of a sandwich, packed with corned beef, pastrami and Emmental cheese. It’s brushed with mustard, then toasted under the grill, to create a chunky, melting comfort dish that’s turbo-charged with flavour. The final touch? Their lemon and fennel coleslaw garnish.
As for the sides, they have all the classics, including skinny fries and a tossed salad with mustard dressing, but why not go one step further? The lemon and garlic spinach is softly wilted with garlic butter and uses baby spinach for extra sweetness. Crunchy on the outside, smooth on the inside, the onion rings are an ever-popular choice, while their dirty fries are basically all the joy of cheesy chips but with the added kick of jalapeño mayo. Cracking stuff.
This is the perfect way to start your Friday night celebrations, but it’s sure to be popular, so you’ll need to book ahead. Round up your mates, put a date in the diary and get your weekend off to a smashing start.
FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, Radisson Blu, The Light, 13 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.