Standing confidently at the crossroads of the Cathedral Quarter and The Lanes – the heartland of Leicester’s independent retail and hospitality sector – Sonrisa boasts impressive bone-structure architecturally, with its Grade II-listed features enhanced further under the design direction of Mel Spencer of Spencer Swinden Design.
The former Leicester Savings Bank, which dates back to 1873, has been sensitively and beautifully transformed with a bright, airy feel – thanks to the large picture windows and stunning double-height, glass feature ceiling. They’ve brought a lushness to the venue with exotic greenery and an eclectic mix of furniture and furnishings in gorgeous shades of teal, mustard, navy and wood. It creates a picture-perfect, comforting vibe that’s as perfect for lunch and dinner, or just as special for cocktails or as a late-night café-bar hang out.
The venue is given further pizazz with the open kitchen, which creates a striking focal point at the centre of the design and from which you can see, hear and smell the heavenly dishes being prepared by the skilled brigade of Sonrisa chefs.
With an authentic menu bursting with new-favourites, diners can expect much more than perfectly cooked steaks like the mouth-watering Marucha Flat Iron served with buttery potato terrine, tangy pickled shallots, aioli and picante chimichurri; or, if you want to share, the stunning 900g Sirloin on the bone served with garlic and potato terrine, caramelised red peppers, padron peppers and picante chimichurri.
If you’re of a more nautical persuasion, you could be tempted with the freshest wild Atlantic prawns with garlic, butter, red chilli and fresh parsley served on toasted Galician bread; or the mouth-watering Plancha grilled halibut with olives, onion and potato in a spiced tomato sauce. But let’s also not forget the sensational Iberian Lamb loin, or Secreto Acorn Pork, which are menu highlights, too.
Served throughout the day from noon to 11pm, Sonrisa can sit and serve 120 people inside of the venue, and a further 40 outside on its sun-soaked, wrap-around terrace; perfect for whiling away the hours and people watching with a coffee, or one of their trademark cocktails.
Simon Jenner, Director of BID Leicester comments; “Leicester has fought hard to create a reputation, among foodie circles, as being one of the hottest cities on the culinary map. That our unique city has attracted the attention of one of the industry’s most talented restauranteurs to launch this brand-new concept is thrilling and testament to the growing confidence of the city”.
To tickle the tastebuds of the city, Sonrisa will launch with a month-long, 50% off dining offer, subject to availability. To register for this offer, visit www.sonrisa.uk (Terms and Conditions apply)
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