Sacrebleu! After 33 years of serving Leeds the finest traditional French cuisine from its basement dwelling on Wellington Street, La Grillade owner Guy Martin-Laval has taken the decision not to reopen after New Year.
As one of Yorkshire’s longest established and best-known restaurants, the announcement has surprised and disappointed many. Mr Martin-Laval said that he had no intention of closing up until a few weeks ago. But sour rent negotiations with his landlord, who had unrealistic expectations, not recognising the effect that Trinity had had on business, made things tough.
The final straw came soon after, when a health and safety team from Leeds City Council insisted that they pre-cook their signature steak tartare, and that it couldn’t be served with a raw egg in an egg shell. Mr Martin-Laval obviously believes you either do it right, or you don’t do it at all!
Thankfully, he has not ruled out returning to the Leeds restaurant scene. Nonetheless, it is sad to see this much-loved giant of French cuisine fall. Au revoir, La Grillade!
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