On the cusp of Leicester’s Stoneygate and Clarendon Park, a fresh and ambitious new restaurant has opened its doors promising to transform the area’s gastronomic scene. Cultura is an independent and international restaurant offering a casual fine dining experience is wonderfully designed surrounds. From breakfast and lunch to dinner and a special Sunday offering, expect a well-rounded offering of European, British and American diner-style dishes alongside a great selection of drinks. A kids’ and dedicated desserts menu is also available and, being a generous establishment, keep your eyes peeled for Cultura’s regular special offers. Get acculturated with Cultura on the Queen’s Road, close to the corner of Clarendon Park Road.
The food was superb; the service was not. We had to wait 20 minutes after being seated before seeing a member of staff to take our order. Our drinks came fairly quickly but the food took half an hour. It was worth the wait as it was delicious, however we had to wait a long time before someone cleared our table. We wanted desserts but it was another 20 minutes before anyone came to take that order,s o we had the bill instead. Staff only seemed to come to the restaurant when serving food; if they didn't have to bring anything up they didn't bother. This was a real shame as we liked the food and wanted dessert but were sick and tired of waiting.
We enjoyed good food, but with very slow service which was odd as we were the only ones in the restaurant ! A real shame.
The menu has changed slightly since my last visit to accommodate a wider food audience, but as per usual Cultura has provided an excellent dining experience.
Deriving its name from the Latin phrase 'cultura animi', ‘cultivation of the soul’, Cultura is a restaurant dedicated to the finer things in life, without inflicting the damage on the wallet that one normally associates with fine dining. Recruiting top chefs and knowledgeable staff you can expect fantastic service and high-quality, exciting cuisine. Placing themselves firmly at the heart of the Stoneygate and Clarendon Park neighbourhoods of southeast Leicester, Cultura’s special offers include bottomless coffee for lazy lunches, two-for-one early bird deals in the week, and complimentary bottles of house wine to groups of two or more diners that spend £20 or more each.
Breakfast at Cultura’s Queen’s Road premises is a robust affair, with a simple offering of croissants, eggs your way, cooked breakfasts and extras underlining the restaurant’s British and European provenance. The lunchtime menu is more comprehensive and global, offering light meals, gourmet sandwiches and a mouthwatering selection of dishes from the grill to Stoneygate locals and intrepid foodies. The signature Cultura burger stacks up an 8oz patty with Spanish chorizo, smoked Italian mozzarella, pickles and a mixed herb emulsion, while the chargrilled black pepper swordfish burger presages the fantastic seafood on the evening menu. Here, chilli prawns with chargrilled marinated courgette and a wasabi mayo meet Sri Lankan fishcakes and a more obviously British classic of deep fried cod loin with giant crushed potato chips, broad beans a cockle tartare sauce. More than a little French feeling is expressed in the superb rabbit loins that are wrapped in poitrine fumée before being cooked sous vide and pan fried. This delicious dish comes with a confit rabbit leg terrine, parmentier potato and a rich and fruity veal and raspberry jus. Set to make a major mark in Leicester’s gourmet circles, Cultura deserves your reservation.