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#123 of 1,028 Restaurants in Leeds
Travellers' Choice2023
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European, British, International
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 14 March 2024 via mobile

Enjoyable meal, treat for daughter, included version of iconic fish and chips. Mr O’Hare was in building, as we sat in waiting area he arrived and.. disappeared behind the curtain behind reception. We have a copy of his ‘cookbook’, too big to cart up from...Shropshire for signing so we asked if he’d sign menu instead; of course he couldn’t be arsed, by which I mean, there’s something about his persona that comes over on tv that gives off that vibe. It’s closed after New Year, maybe a chance for him to work himself out, recent comments suggest a problem. Having said all that the staff were fine, especially given they were about to be out of a job.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 6 February 2024

Glad its closed. Nothing more than an overpriced, pretentious gimmick. Absolute dross, tiny portions in a silly setting, went for a burger after.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 January 2024 via mobile

Disappointed but laughed about it afterwards 😂 Cold and uninviting, extremely small portions and wine package was not to each course. Not worth the cost at all! Pretentious BS! Eaten at restaurants all over the world with and without a Michelin star! This was the...worst by far! An experience never to live again! If you don’t laugh about it though ….. which we did all the way home! Never againMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 10 January 2024 via mobile

First time here. Been on the wish list for a while. Got to say I was undecided on my experience. I was wanting to be blown away, but didn’t feel that. Was I expecting too much ? Atmosphere was serious, chilly and empty. Feel like...I should have went years ago when it first opened. Went to blind swine in York many years ago, and got to say I enjoyed that soooo much more ! I know Michelin have rules, but comes at a cost. Would I go back. No. That’s not to say it’s bad, I’d just rather sample other restaurants at that price.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 4 January 2024 via mobile

Such a cool experience everyone should visit once in their life if fortunate to. Me and my boyfriend had never done anything like this before and I kindly got vouchers for my birthday. It did cost the price of a European city break but was...defo worth it for a rare treat. Such a unique experience and remained cool and hip rather than snobby. Staff were lovely and sooo knowledgeable about wines and each course. Chefs came out with certain courses. We felt very looked after. 100% reccommendMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 31 December 2023

Although they certainly don’t need it, this is to counter some of the recent reviews. We dined at TMBTC last night and what an incredible experience! The food was absolutely spot on. We opted for the standard wine pairing and the service was absolutely incredible...- Tom and Dom are a real credit to the restaurant. As it was my birthday they allowed us to tour the kitchen during service to see ‘behind the curtain’! An amazing night all round and we can’t wait to see what changes the new year brings!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 27 December 2023

Man behind the curtain, more like hiding behind the curtain! Michael you do really need to sort your restaurant out, otherwise you will lose your Michelin star very quickly! Went here for my wife’s birthday, I knew it was closing for a refit, however the...service was very basic and was only offered a reduced wine list, of which the first 3 wines we picked on the list were not available! The food was ok, but no where near the first time we went over a year ago. I would strongly suggest that you get a closer grip of your restaurant before you reopen in the new year! I’m afraid I will need to be more convinced from reviews to visit again, and if you bother to look at the last year’s reviews you will note that they have not been complimentary at all! I do wish you all the best but you really need to be more hands on if you want to keep standards as high as they used to be. I reluctantly paid the mandatory service charge as it was Christmas, but was not happy! Yours sincerely Gary LimbertMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 21 December 2023

It’s was our 4th visit and unfortunately very disappointing. On arriving to the restaurant in the past they would sit you in the reception area and serve drinks prior to the meal very relaxing, however on our visit last week we were quickly shown to...our table even though we arrived early and while opening my present from my husband had menus thrust at us and a speech, clearly wanted us to crack on! The food amazing as always but the wine is just a joke if not an absolute rip off! My husband did the prestige paring at £180 per person it was not worth it at all in fact I argue he was given anything better than the usual paring menu I mean a taste of champagne not even half a glass, a dribble of wine which one barely filled glass covered two courses! I myself went for wine by the glass at £20 a glass I was given well below a normal measure, if your staff cannot pour wine to measures then they clearly need the standard measuring equipment. The food is not cheap and all the effort is shown but to charge what they do for wine and offer a mouthful it leaves a very bad taste and we are u sure whether to ever go back. Sadly I wrote to client services about our experience and heard nothing back so clearly Michael your team do not appreciate or wish to hear bad feedback.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 16 December 2023 via mobile

This is the third time we have come here. Let me start by saying the food is excellent as it always has been. However, below are a few reasons why this was the worst experience we have had at MBTC (any probably any Michelin star...restaurant): - The waiters were disorganised and clearly the kitchen wasn't delivering on time. We waited for wine pairings to be provided for courses, and waited a long time for courses to be provided alongside the one pairings. All of the waiters barring one were new from a year ago (never a good sign). The one that was a seasoned veteran was almost running at one point to make sure we had the wine pairing on time. Kudos to him but he shouldn't have been put in that position. - The wine pairings themselves. They advertise 600ml, it was probably more like 450ml. There was massive variance between my serving size and my wife's. Not the end of the risk but when you pay just under £200 for an insignificant amount of wine, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth. - Speaking of a bad taste in the mouth. For the above reasons the experience wasn't perfect, however this was compounded when we spotted that they were offering tables for the same menu size at almost a third of the price we paid. There is no ability to cancel and rebook at a lower price because of the deposit. A bit outrageous to be honest. - And finally, Michael O'Hare was not there on the night. This is not the end of the world despite the fact that all three times we had been he hasn't been cooking. However, when we heard someone on an adjacent table say that they had been three times and had never had him in the kitchen it irked me. I get that he has a life and a family but seriously, what are the chances that this is pure unfortunate coincidence? Again, I would like to stress that the food was fantastic. However, clearly this restaurant is going through a significant period of change induced by negative factors about which we will remain unsighted. I love this restaurant and hope that the rebrand into early 2024 revitalises the experience.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 15 December 2023

What a great experience this was. I went with my wife as a treat (she retired that day) and we both loved it. Each dish was intriguing and PACKED with flavour. The flavour of the chilled "soup" was amazing - I could have finished a...gallon of that. The duck - perfect, and the petit fours was something I wanted to eat as slowly as possible, just to savour it a bit longer. I could talk about every dish, but why spoil the surprise? Thanks, we'll be back.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023 via mobile

Having heard that the concept is finishing at the end of this year, and this restaurant being on our food bucket list for many years, we moved schedules and booked travel from 200 miles away to experience this before it disappeared. It’s disappointing to say...the least that the experience nowhere near made it worth the effort we put into getting here before it ends. The blonde man on the front desk/serving some courses was apathetic throughout the whole evening, bordering on hostile at times, we certainly didn’t feel welcome. There was a guy that served us with lots of tattoos and jewellery who was fantastic and really friendly and engaging however so compliments to him. We have dined at several Michelin starred restaurants and have to say this was the only one where we have left hungry. While the flavours of the dishes were fantastic, the amount of money people are paying, to leave hungry from a restaurant is unbelievable. The octopus and the duck dish were stand outs in terms of their flavour, while the Dali to Delhi prawn dish was lukewarm and that was probably the most disappointing dish. We felt looking at the reviews that we were potentially not served a few dishes that others have had in the recent past, the macarons for sure are one signature dish we did not get, we were also in and out within 90 mins which seemed very rushed for the experience and cost. Definitely the worst Michelin rated restaurant we have experienced, disappointing after having had such high expectations and anticipation for this. It feels like perhaps as they know they it is coming to an end, they feel no need to wow their customers any more.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023

Similar to the review below, I too though my it a wonderful restaurant with excellent staff and attention to detail… However… I love fine dining and I will pay to do so when I can. This was bittersweet as it was both a taste sensation...yet a value disaster. Everything tastes absolutely incredible and the flavours can simply not be faulted. But when the first dessert appears you have to ask - seriously was that all I’m getting??? I’m paying a small fortune for literally 5 mouthfuls of food. Again the flavours cannot be faulted. It is pure genius. But you simply have to feed people to some degree - especially those who are willing to pay such extortionate prices. Lastly - I had the same experience as the previous reviewer…. I went to pay my bill and was presented with a bill that was at least £300 per couple more than what we had. When I questioned it, in a flash I was presented with a new bill that didn’t include the overcharge - but it was already in his hand when he gave me the overcharged bill!!! So basically they were going to try and charge me £300 more than we had - but happened to have another bill ready just in case I questioned it…. Things are absolutely awful financially in the hospitality industry at the moment. But nobody should morally resort to this as a safety net.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023 via mobile

Let’s be clear, this is a phenomenal restaurant, top quality food. It’s closing at Christmas which might explain why it’s nowhere near as good as it was a year ago but the issue is that there appears to be an issue with their billing system....Our bill for 4 people was £400 more than it should have been. When questioned, the maitre d’ produced a correct bill, without apology, that appeared to have been pre-printed. When I recounted this story to a friend he exclaimed that exactly the same thing had happened to him. Maybe a lot of people who eat here are too wealthy to notice that there appears to be an error with their billing system. The staff appear aware given the pre-printing of the correct amount so I’m surprised they don’t remedy the issue.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 October 2023 via mobile

This was a special birthday treat for my son. He is a chef and very interested in food. This experience did not disappoint. The food was incredible, and our taste buds were truly tantalised. The presentation was quirky and dramatic and added to this unique...piece of food theatre. The Dali to Delhi tikka infused prawn was sublime. The flavours and presentation were as you would expect of a restaurant of this calibre. My favourite dish was Emancipation; the combinations of cod, ink, and vinegar were evocative of the seaside. Loved it. The Cantonese duck was similarly tasty, a bit like your favourite Chinese meal with a twist. The puddings were delicious. What really made this experience special (this was a rare treat and not something we can do frequently) was the staff. All the people we met were kind, professional, warm and genuinely passionate about what they do and were keen to share this. We were similarly eager to learn and really grateful for the efforts of the staff. This is no ordinary restaurant. If you are looking for cosy, familiar, and predicable, this is not for you. If you want to experience something different, eat food that you wouldn't rustle up yourself and enjoy the theatre, then you will enjoy this place. Many thanks Claire and WillMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 28 October 2023 via mobile

What a fabulous night we had at Man behind the curtain. I had read a couple of reviews and was a little bit worried but it was a fabulous night. The staff were absolutely brilliant and the reviews are red. I think they went to...a different restaurant but we all have different experiences, and some people just like to complain. It always makes me laugh when you read a bad review and they say they had a lovely time the last time so why not write a review about that we couldn’t have had a better night and the food was just phenomenal. we will be back again thanks for a fabulous night It was mind blowing.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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They ask if you have any dietary requirements when you book so I’m sure if you let them know they’d accommodate, would highly recommend the visit!
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