The latest addition to Leeds’ flourishing city centre restaurant scene has opened its doors to customers this week after holding a VIP launch event and official opening by Leeds MP Fabian Hamilton on Sunday.
The Yorkshire-based independent Bengal Brasserie restaurant group, which specialises in Indian and Bengali food, has launched its new 120-cover licensed eatery in a completely refurbished 3,600 sq ft premises on Merrion Way close to Leeds Arena.
Serving up authentic Bengali and Indian food with a modern slant, the group’s fifth Bengal Brasserie restaurant fuses interior design influences of traditional Indian craftsmanship with Yorkshire urban chic.
Award winning house specialities include freshly prepared murg mohoni, chicken deshi and a range of korai dishes created by executive chef – both British fusion chef of the year and Asian chef of the year winner – Mohon Miah, who has been with the business since its launch in 1992.
Bengal Brasserie director, Malik Dobir, said: “We are excited to finally open the new restaurant, which is our largest so far, and we are really looking forward to welcoming customers through the doors.
“Each of our restaurants has its own individual character but our new Leeds city centre is especially exciting because we have gone a little bit further to create something really special that we hope will make it into a destination restaurant that people will seek out for a really excellent gastronomic experience.”
Helen Green, associate director at Merrion Centre owner Town Centre Securities said: “We are delighted to welcome Malik and the Bengal Brasserie team to Merrion. Bengal Brasserie has been established in Yorkshire for over 25 years and I know his customers are delighted that he has finally opened a restaurant here in Leeds city centre. It has been worth the wait as the new premises are stunning, and Bengal Brasserie is a definite great new addition to our already varied range of restaurants and bars.”
Bengal Brasserie restaurants are renowned for the wide range of vegetable and fish dishes, which are a hallmark of Bengali cooking, but also include a large selection of meat dishes on their menus.
“While we base our dishes on traditional recipes that stretch back for generations, we always add our own twist and interpretation, and that’s what makes us a bit different, and what our customers tell us they really appreciate,” said Mr Dobir.
“Mohon is a genius chef, who puts a great deal of effort into rigorously researching and perfecting every new dish before it appears on our menu. We look forward to seeing what city centre diners make of our new venture and the dining experience we have created.”
Bengal Brasserie has sister restaurants in Haddon Road in Kirkstall, Roundhay Road in North Leeds, Goodramgate in York and Victoria Street in Wetherby.