After a welcome stroll through the designer displays of Harvey Nichols, three floors of fashion heaven are topped by this swish, city setting. The Fourth Floor Café combines award-winning, local food with bold, luxurious interiors. The result: a cool, contemporary hang out perfect for a post-work cocktail catch-up or a ‘go all out in your gladrags’ evening with the other half. It’s a smart, stylish and sophisticated spot, perfect for your Saturday night or for seasonal celebrations.
From breakfast and afternoon tea through to dinner and cocktails, the Fourth Floor Café has something for every occasion and sets the bar high for the Leeds city centre dining scene.
It’s kitted out with English elegance in mind. Gold and orange hues decorate the restaurant, with splashes of cool blue and teal keeping it fresh and contemporary. The gold dome lights hanging above the tables evoke a sense of Gatsby-glamour – I feel like I’ve been whisked away to a glitzy 1920s dinner party. The vibe is buzzy with the help of the open kitchen and the full-length glass doors providing an exclusive rooftop vista over the city.
The seasonal set menu comes with a suggested cocktail to kick things off. This time it’s an infusion of ginger, lime and dark rum. The perfect appetiser and palate pleaser.
A seasonally changing menu takes diners on a culinary exploration of Yorkshire’s finest produce. Each dish showcases fresh, local food of the highest quality. The menu takes each season into consideration – from the delights of the spring palate and the zingy flavours of summer; to autumnal tones and hearty winter favourites. It’s an ‘in the know’ offering, boasting dishes that compliment the time of year, the vibe and the occasion.
Choosing from the winter dining menu – where a £22 three-course feast includes an arrival cocktail – I opt for the truffle ricotta, beetroot, crispy kale and horseradish. The freshest of ingredients thrown together to form the prettiest of pink dishes. The truffle ricotta is light, soft and works as the perfect contrast to the sweet beetroot and crisp kale. The horseradish gives the dish a slight kick. My dinner date goes for the chicken and wild mushroom terrine with apple and chervil cream cheese – another fabulously fresh appetiser. For mains, we both go with the hearty option: steak served with house salad and skinny fries. The meat is pink, succulent and everything you’d expect from a fab sirloin steak – served with a creamy peppercorn sauce.
And to sweeten the already lovely experience, we manage to squeeze in a dessert. The caramel semifreddo for myself and the toasted almond tart for my companion. The semifreddo oozes with creamy, caramel flavour and is scooped up with slices of banana and brownie crumb. The almond tart comes in a neat pastry, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Much like the interiors, the food is fresh and precise – as is the service. The presentation and quality complete the perfect balance for a fine dining experience in Leeds. The Fourth Floor Café is a gastronomic gem combining good food with a goof bit of 1920s glitz and glamour. We love it – and can’t wait to try the spring set menu!