‘I spent £190 in Michelin star restaurant – it was weird and Pot Noodle has more flavour’

Lucy Marshall visited Michael O’Hare’s, Yorkshire’s only Michelin-star restaurant in Leeds City Centre. The restaurant receives rave reviews because of its exquisite grub

Reporter Lucy Marshall spent £190 in a a Michelin star restaurant in Leeds city centre to judge if fine dining was worth the high price tags

The Man Behind the Curtain is a Michelin-starred restaurant that costs a lot, but it’s proving popular with fine dining lovers.

Michael O’Hare’s Leeds City Centre restaurant receives rave reviews Yorkshire LiveLucy Marshall, a reporter, decided to give it a try. She said she is a self-confessed gourmet with a wide palette and was keen to discover what all the fuss was.

Lucy stated that she has been to many fancy restaurants and loves a tasting menu because she can explore new flavours and try different cuisines. The Man Behind the Curtain was a book she liked.

She was eager to jump in and she was excited. She was hungry and had just eaten porridge that morning. It felt like a grand marble staircase when she walked in. That was how her experience turned out.

Lucy felt immediately at home when she walked in. “this is a bit of me”. It was clear that this was a place of luxury. The surroundings made it seem like she was rich and ready to indulge in fine dining.

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Lucy stated that the atmosphere was “calm and edgy”
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One dish was a prawn on top of an old telephone.
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Lucy was directed by the front of house to a section with fur throws and white sofas. After that, she was able to browse the cocktail menu. “right up my street”.

The atmosphere was “calm and edgy” in her words and, although she enjoyed looking at the cocktails, the prices were extravagant with the cheapest £15 for a single sip.

She chose a Cosmopolitan, and was seated at her table.

‘I wouldn’t call that Masterchef quality’

Lucy claims that she was treated as a princess at her meal. The staff took care of her even though she was politely asked to leave the wine menu because it was too expensive.

Lucy noticed her first snag while she waited to be served. As hunger set in, she expected to be offered some butter and bread as a complimentary treat.

Unfortunately, she got nothing when her first course arrived. A waiter brought her a fake white eggs with a black star and served it to her. The staff didn’t give her any explanations about the ingredients so she decided to try it herself.







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She found a tuna tartar and a spicy sauce inside. It was “nice and fine”However, it was not. “overwhelm her”And she was still hungry, so the next course couldn’t come soon enough.

Next came a prawn on top o an old-fashioned telephone. Although it was unusual, cool and extravagant, Lucy wondered why it was presented this way. “I wouldn’t call that MasterChef quality.”

Lucy, a big fan of prawns and ate them right after she opened the shell. She normally loves seafood but this is unusual for her. “literally tasted like it had just swam out of the ocean and onto my plate”.







A pork dish she described as a “strange” was not what she was impressed by. “bonfire”
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It claimed it came with tikka but Lucy didn’t have any taste and was not impressed by having to eat prawns without her hands. The soup came next. It wasn’t what she expected, as she was given a bowl of soup. “this cold cheese thing with ice on top”.

Lucy said that she was still hungry and that scallops were soon on her doorstep. “one of my favourites”. It was dressed in a “really nice”Sauce, but it was not as delicious as she had hoped. She was still hungry.

She tried cod in squid k and soon realized that she preferred fish at the restaurant. It was gone from her fork. “amazingly”Was “beautifully cooked”. However, “unappetising” pork dish followed.







Lucy was not impressed by the restaurant, and she said that she wasn’t happy with it. “just didn’t get it”
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Lucy described it by saying: “Is it just me that thinks eating food that looks like a bonfire isn’t appealing? I don’t want to eat black food that looks burnt. We want colourful vibrant food that draws me in not scares me away.”It was “very nice”Lucy was eager to eat, but the presentation was poor.

After that, she was informed she would be switching to desserts. She was surprised considering how little food was served for her main meal.

First, she had a mini tiramisu. Then came the dark chocolate. They took some time for her to receive them, making her very anxious. “the saving grace”There were four different flavors of macaroons.

“A Pot Noodle has More Flavor”

Lucy was not happy with the experience. Lucy thought the restaurant was good, but she had some concerns. “quirky”Unique, she is simply “didn’t get it”.

She stated: “While the place looked beautiful it was just really weird. Even the knife and forks were abnormally small. If I’m paying £190 for a meal I want proper cleaned expensive looking silverware.

“The interior was fun and sexy, and the glasses and crockery were gorgeous, but the most important aspect of a restaurant’s operation is its food. I was left feeling very hungry, unsatisfied, and dissatisfied by the food.

“Half of the dishes I could have made in my kitchen, and I think a Pot Noodle has more flavour than some of the dishes placed in front of me. I would tell people to go for a one-off experience, but I would not recommend it for a good and delicious meal.”

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