Leicester Restaurant Week – Update

October 15, 2021

As local readers won’t need reminding, we’re about to enter the first Leicester Restaurant Week, Nonetheless, here is a reminder.

There are now some 30 venues signed up and offering a range of special menus for the week 18 to 24 October. Typically these are two or three course set meals at an appealing price point, some from regular menus but some offering something special.

I went to the launch event last week at the lovely Sonrisa and it was great to hear from Simon Jenner of organisers Leicester BID that they had worked with participating venues to avoid simple discounting. The idea is not to just take the hit on margins in order to get people in, but to find a way to highlight your restaurant in a sustainable way – something widely affordable that could get people in and remind us of why we love going to restaurants.

Blanc at 76

With that in mind, here’s a few offers that look particularly appealing. The Knight and Garter are offering a special LRW menu of three courses for £20 – my pick being beetroot-cured gravlax with avocado and dill creme fraiche and fennel and caper slaw, followed by pumpkin and sage tortellini with goats cheese and spinach sauce, finished off with sticky toffee pudding. Then there’s an intriguing five course taster menu from Blanc at 76, a pop up restaurant within Granby Street bar Loka, which features the like of cod with roasted onion dashi and smoked potatoes. Orton’s, the brasserie in the Cultural Quarter, are going the extra mile and doing special dishes with wine matching each night of the week – for example Saturday 23rd sees a venison and Argentinian malbec, on Thursday 21st it’s monkfish with cauliflower textures paired with a white Rioja.

Among the other participating restaurants are Kayal and Herb, Merchant of Venice, Sonrisa, Tandem, Chutney Ivy, Bodega Cantina, &Kith, Peter Pizzeria and Arabic cafe Dama Rose.

For the full range of offers go the week’s website www.leicesterrestuarantweek.co.uk

Afternoon tea with an Arabic twist at Dama Rose

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