Garforth’s Miller & Carter dazzled Wine & Dine Yorkshire Editor Lisa Warrener when she took a visit earlier this year. Here’s what she had say about the stylish steakhouse chain’s East Leeds branch.
The Garforth venue had a very classy feel about it as we stepped inside, and the atmosphere and buzz of an extremely busy night indicated this was a reputable establishment. Despite the restaurant being full and us being 30 minutes early, the staff managed to seat us immediately and our waitress gave us a chance to settle down and browse the menu. We decided on a bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne to drink which was brought to our table and poured for us.
The waiting team were very much on the ball and we didn’t have to wait long until the starters arrived. The Wild Atlantic Scallops were beautiful presented, and extremely succulent with a firm texture. The taste was sweet, buttery and delicate all in one. The crispy pancetta complimented the scallops absolutely perfectly – this dish left us excited for the next course to arrive.
The fillet steak I ordered looked totally amazing and I just couldn’t wait to cut into it. Presented and cooked exactly how a fillet should be; the cut was extremely lean without an ounce of fat on it. I was blown away by the taste, which was smooth, succulent and easy to chew with a mild beef flavour. The Béarnaise sauce was extremely smooth and creamy, and the onion loaf was something that I haven’t tried anywhere else before but it beautifully complimented the dish. All in all, an amazing main course that I would certainly order again in future.
Upon finishing our main course, we asked for a little breather before the dessert arrived. The restaurant was still extremely busy but the staff had everything under control. The waitress who served us was lovely and she couldn’t do enough for us; frequently topping up our drinks. Even though she had many other tables to see to she still made time to come over and have a little chat which was lovely. I really couldn’t fault her and I’d love to mention who she was, but unfortunately I forgot to take her name.
We finally freed up space for dessert after a rest and while ordering it we mentioned a cocktail which was recommended to us previously, however she told us that it had been taken off the menu. We were a little disappointed, but upon seeing our reaction she asked us to wait two minutes before hurrying off to have a word with her colleagues. On her return she told us that the bartenders would make the cocktail (After Eight-Thirty) for us even though it wasn’t on the menu.
We thought this was so lovely of her, and that she made a perfect example of the Garforth staff at Miller & Carter by going above and beyond. It’s the little things like this that give you fond and unforgettable memories.
When our dessert and cocktail arrived they both looked as good as each other and we didn’t know which one to try first. We went for the Creme Brûlée which was absolutely stunning – a sweet, creamy and smooth Madagascan vanilla filling with a glazed crunchy top shell to break though. This was also served with fresh berries and a vanilla baked biscuit which was a great touch. The creamy yet menthol Baileys Liqueur cocktail complimented the dessert very well with silky, smooth and refreshing tones. It was shaken with Baileys, creme de menthe and creme de cacao, and fresh cream.
I have had the pleasure of visiting many branches of Miller & Carter, however, the Garforth branch stood out to me and was one of the best I have ever visited (closely followed by Chester). All in all the whole visit from start to finish was completely faultless, from the food and ambience to service and quality. It’s a 10 out of 10 from me and I will certainly be returning.