River Plate, Leeds
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Not qualified as a locallunch!It may not have qualified as a locallunch but it’s a disqualification along the lines of Usain Bolt being kicked out of the Olympics for having expensive trainers. River Plate would have been a contender for some serious gold medals here but I was eating from the evening menu – meaning that it came in above the locallunch price range of £10. Still, I’ll have to visit again to put a qualifying meal in!

It’s a disqualification along the lines of Usain Bolt being kicked out of the Olympics for having expensive trainers

This was my third trip to River Plate Leeds, and my first over lunch. Evening menu or not, it is still one of my favourite menus in Leeds and always brings a daft smile to my face. Walking through the laid back, yet distinctly ‘cooler-than-thou’ interior styling which is so vogue in this end of Leeds, I sat in my wicker chair and spotted my old favourites chicken liver, chorizo, empanadas (and more…) and knew I was in for another treat. Surprisingly, this was my first go at the chicken livers here – which is one of my favourite starters to order and I can gladly say that this one ranks among the best.
Expertly cooked, which is the key with liver, these were tender, meaty, succulent and generously coated with a glorious sauce which allowed me to relive the flavour through the sliced ciabatta. If you like livers, I can thoroughly recommend these. If you don’t, don’t let this worry you as I’m also happy to put my neck on the line for the ribs, empanadas or the chorizo sausage which are fantastic. Take advantage of the situation don’t skip starters; for once in your life you really can’t go far wrong. It’s like walking around in a padded suit.
As ever I ordered the large fillet steak for my main – with the chimichurri sauce which I consider the clear winner. For my side I went for chips (it’s steak!!), purely because they are some of the tastiest you will probably find in a restaurant in Leeds. I’m not a big fan of ordering sides separately but at River Plate the steak itself is such an event that it seems almost logical to do so. It also means that people are less likely to nick your chips because you’ve paid extra – so I can make an exception.

There is a top class selection of steaks available including all the classic cuts and one I’ve never even heard of – which probably means I should try it. They also come in a wide range of sizes depending on how big your appetite is, right up to the giant 1 kilo if you have your own TV show on the travel channel.


What do you think?

What do you think of River Plate Leeds? Leave a comment below or submit your own review!
What do you think? River Plate Leeds

It’s wonderful. For an evening meal I’ve enjoyed nowhere else in Leeds the way I’ve taken to River Plate. It’s only unfortunate that it cost more than £10 so it can’t be counted… but then it does mean I’ll have to nip back for a second (and third) bite. Treat yourselves.


  • Fabulous steaks and a great menu
  • Lovely interior, good location
  • Great theatre watching the chefs
  • Didn’t see the lunch menu!
  • Too expensive to qualify
  • Separate sides

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