Hold your horse’s guys! Marco & Carl has made its way to BRADFORD!! So all of you Northerners who are craving anything other than a curry then look no further. I’m so excited to share our experience with you and tell you all about it because I love this place!
Marco & Carl Bradford is an Alcohol Free HMC Certified restaurant located within the Leisure Exchange in the heart of Bradford City Centre, their extensive menu has carefully selected dishes to satisfy the majority of your culinary cravings, offering a modern yet authentic approach to fine Italian cuisine, serving more of what they’re renowned for like stone baked pizzas, pasta, along with American dishes that include aged steaks and handcrafted burgers. They already have branches located in Leicester and Preston. We have visited the Preston branch various times and we just had to check the Bradford branch out especially with it being close to my family home which is a perfect excuse to make a little trip down. They have recently launched a new menu (don’t worry they still have the delicious dishes below as well as some amazing new additions) Keep reading to find out what new things we ordered!
Marco and Carl Bradford
Several walls are beautifully hand painted with cute flowers of different sizes which really creates a “feel at home” notion. I really love the artwork, which really compliments the whole theme of the restaurant. Pictures definitely don’t do it justice!
The printed floor tiles are gorgeous, wouldn’t mind having them in my kitchen! T
It’s open planned seating but the booths give that needed split to help things still feel intimate along with the view of their stone baked oven and pizza preparation area.
The hanging light bulbs complete the whole decor and ambience of the place, making the restaurant warm & inviting to diners. Marco & Carl have definitely pulled out all the stops with the Bradford branch and have given a lot of effort in attention to detail which is admirable.
There is a car park available nearby, located in the Leisure Exchange car park. If parking in the Multi Story leisure exchange car park in the evening or weekend, make sure you get your parking ticket validated so you can park for free. This can be easily found on google to save you the hassle. There are other car parking available in the surrounding areas.
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Having visited the Preston branch several times where the service has always been lacking & is much in need of improvement. I can confidently say the team at Marco & Carl Bradford are really friendly & genuinely try hard to ensure that you have a pleasurable experience. They are always willing to engage in conversation & give recommendations on request. They really do appreciate any feedback we have shared with them & always greet us with a smile. From the management to the waiters & chefs, each member understands they have a crucial part to play which is evident in the service they provide. Hence why we always opt to dine in this branch even if it means we have to travel that bit extra as service makes the world of difference. I always say bad service is enough to spoil even the best of food. It just
The food served at the Bradford branch has genuinely been consistently good & hasn’t disappointed us on our numerous visits so far other than tiny errors which have always been rectified by the staff when told
Picante Bread (£3.95) – we started things off with a good portion of about 5-6 freshly baked bread filled with melted cheese, Pomodoro sauce, chillies and spring onions. This starter is literally one of the main reasons why I come back because it’s DELICIOUS. The flavour of the Pomodoro sauce goes perfectly well with the melted cheese, whilst the chillies give a nice hint of heat to the palate, not too spicy. I can’t stress enough how amazing this tastes with their
Blazing Skewers (£3.95) – chicken skewers fried in a crispy crumb coating, served with garlic sauce. These are Finger-Lickin’ Good, literally, I was quite surprised that I enjoyed it. The chicken was soft and succulent, tearing moreishly in the mouth whilst the crispy crumb coating provides a delicate crunch. These were absolutely delectable and I highly recommend ordering these!
Hummus and Tzatziki Mezze (5.95) – A combination of Mediterranean
Loaded Nachos (£7.95) – Tortilla chips stacked and covered in Jalapenos with tender chicken pieces, melted Mozzarella and spicy tomato sauce. Although this dish is pricey, the portion is huge and definitely worth the money. They added two different types of chicken, I really enjoyed the spicy chicken, the warmth of the chilli really came through.
Chilli Chicken Basket (£5.50) – Crispy chicken breast pieces coated in a hot and sweet sauce, sprinkled with spring onion, served in a filo pastry basket. The chicken has a very subtle hint of BBQ flavour, generally, I’m not a BBQ sauce fan but this is so subtle that it just hits the spot. Whilst the sticky sauce consists of a sweet taste to tickle your taste buds. It will be a messy dish to have but let me tell you, it’s a pretty mess indeed that will be worth getting your fingers into!
Garlic Chips (£2.50) – A helpful portion of chips flavoured with garlic and covered in garlic pieces. If you like garlic then this one’s for you. The aroma and taste of garlic makes the chips have the exact flavour as usually with flavouring chips etc the chips are still bland and normal. This was very yummy.
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A trip to @marcoandcarl is not complete without the Masala Chips 🍟 Totally different to anything elsewhere it goes down so well 😋 #HFGPreston #HFGLeicester #HFGBradford #marcoandcarl **Chicken was from non stunned source at time of dining please feel free to do your own checks**
Masala Chips (£2.50) – Yummy potato chips smothered in a spicy masala sauce. This is different from any other Masala Chips and we really enjoy this every time without fail. The masala is flavoursome, with a huge depth of flavour and definitely not bland at all. Goes really well with a side
Chicken Espetada (£10.90) – Cubed and grilled chicken breast chunks drenched in Gombero sauce, skewered with fresh peppers and onions. Served with Tzatziki, salad and spicy rice. I absolutely LOVE this dish. The texture of the chicken is very moist and juicy. Before ordering, I wasn’t expecting anything highly of this dish in terms of taste/texture as I
Chilli Chicken Noodles (£9.90) – NEW on the menu. Chicken breast coated in a hot and sweet sauce, topped with spring onions and finished off with a sprinkle of coriander, all sat on a bed of noodles mixed with peppers. The recipe for this chilli chicken is the same as the chilli chicken basket shown above. I’m generally not a fan of sweet sauce as I find it sickly, but honestly speaking, this was
Grilled Lamb Chop (£13.00) – Tender Grilled Lamb Chops served with fries and salad. Really enjoyed the flavour of these lamb chops and also a good portion size too given the price. My sister demolished them all, licking her fingers once she finished. Alhamdulillah at least she was fulfilling a Sunnah!! 😛
Mumbai Chips (£3.95) – This was new on the new Menu as mentioned above. Potato chips smothered in tomato chutney sauce, mixed with chicken tikka pieces, green chillies, red onions and melted with gooey cheese. This arrived cold at our table which was shocking because they finish cooking this oven with the cheese and sauce, we told the staff and they immediately gave us a new portion which then arrived hot. Just how it should be! I really enjoyed the tomato sauce and the cheese together with the chips, although I wasn’t a fan of the chicken here as I felt it lacked the flavour of masala. However, it’s a very good portion though and everything else was yummy and I would order it again.
Gazebo Fillet Burger (£8.90) – NEW on the menu. Grilled Chicken Breast coated in Gazebo sauce, topped with Crispy Sliced Potatoes, cheese, Jalapeno with salad and drenched in Garlic Mayo. Served with chips. It was absolutely DELICIOUS and it is definitely worth ordering. The chicken was beautifully tender and worked really well with the Gazebo sauce – which I think is going to be another of my favourite sauces in Marco & Carl! All the flavours come alive and the crispy potato slices were one of the best things about this dish! They tasted like how we make chips at home using fresh potatoes! it is definitely worth the money! Get your fork and Knives out for this haha
Ardente Di Pollo Pizza (£9.50 for classic, £11.50 for Grande) – Seasoned chicken, roasted peppers,
Pollo Milanese Infornare (£11.90) – Chicken breast coated in a spicy batter topped with Pomodoro sauce and Mozzarella Cheese and finished in the oven. Served with baby potatoes. When you bite your teeth into the chicken, you find that the chicken is succulent and really soft and tender, and the batter crumbles helplessly into your mouth. It’s so appetizing. The gooey cheese and the tangy flavour from the Pomodoro Sauce
Carbonara Linguine (£8.90) – Seasoned chicken breast and chicken rashers enveloped in a creamy garlic sauce. I really like my creamy garlicky sauces and this one just hits the spot. The flavours are all point, carrying a rich and velvety texture – a perfect option for a winter’s meal. Although I wasn’t too keen on the chicken rashers, I definitely indulged myself in to the bowl myself. Their arrabiata sauce pastas are so so delicious as well.
Sliders 🍔 (The Classic, pulled steak and blazing crumbed are £3.95 each, the sliders together are £11.95) – Mini burgers basically. We opted to go for the sliders together to try it out and be daring. We were so glad we did this because we enjoyed every bite of ALL of the burgers! The sliders were presented beautifully with the buns open so you could see all the vibrant colours. The classic burger came with a succulent beef patty, burger mayo, salad, topped with gherkin. The slow cooked pulled steak is a rib steak, seasoned well and slow cooked for TEN HOURS! 😮 Topped with burger mayo, salad cheese and gherkin. Finally, the blazing crumbed burger is a fried chicken burger smothered with chilli sauce, mayo cheese and topped with salad, gherkin and jalapeño. Loved everything and would definitely order it again! You can surely tell that all of the patties are fresh.
Milanese Crafted Burger 🍔 (£13.50) – Fried chicken breast smothered generously with Pomodoro sauce and gooey cheese with fresh green chillies, red onions and lettuce, all sandwiched in between
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<<SWIPEY SWIPE<< Get ready for a THEATRICAL experience with this Hickory Smoked Burger from @marcoandcarl 💨 The Milanese Crafted Burger is served in a smoked dome! You have a delicious Thick Fried Chicken Breast, Smothered with Pomodoro Sauce, Gooey Cheese, topped with Red Onions & Green Chillies all sandwiched between a Huge Bun & finished in the oven 🍔 Our full review of Marco & Carl Bradford is now live on site (Link in the bio) #HFGBradford #HFGBurger #marcoandcarl You can also get this delicious burger from the following branches: #HFGLeicester #HFGPreston Marco and Carl Bradford is fully @hmc_uk Certified & has prayer mats available for Salah Alhamdulillah #HFGPrayerRoom
It was very messy but I enjoyed all the flavours. The chicken definitely was the winner, it was tender and so so moreish, they always get the texture right Alhamdulillah.
Now I must say we are really fussy when it comes to Mocktails but Marco & Carl are one of my favourites as they consistently get it just right. Usually most places just shove way too much syrup, 7up with a lime into a glass & call it a Mocktail. However Marco & Carl have subtle flavours infused from fresh fruit along with a hint of syrup that all blends together oh so well. Pro tip ask for less ice!
Strawberry Mojito (£4.50) – Now I have to admit that the mojitos here are awesome. I love that they are not syrupy in taste which for me, I find to be very sweet and overpowering. It boasted the perfect balance of sweet and … a refreshing choice!
Classic Mojito (£4.50) – a blend of mint and lime, crushed with ice and garnished with a sprig of lime. This is one of the best mint Mojito I have experienced. Really loved that the lime wasn’t overpowered with bitterness, the flavour of the fresh mint really came through and it refreshes the palate.
Bombay Breeze (£4.50) – (Forgot to take a pic oops) Fresh tamarind drink with ginger and citrusy lime. Now I was very VERY apprehensive in trying this because I was thinking “erm why would you put a tamarind in a drink?” what I can tell you is that if you like a spicy drink combined with loads of other flavours from ginger and lime boasting back at each other then you NEED to try. I loved this drink. The spicy heat from the tamarind had a kick to it. Don’t be shy ordering this! Say Bismillah and #justdoit
Berrylicious (£4.50) – A cool, refreshing drink packed full of strawberries and raspberries. this was really nice, It had a nice consistency to it and just the right thickness. I would say this is more of a smoothie than a mocktail even though it was on the Mocktail section on the drinks menu. one constructive criticism I would give is that there needs to be more flavour of the fruits as I found it a bit bland. But Alhamdulillah for everything.
Marco and Carl have a small dessert menu ranging from cakes, Belgian Waffles and delicious new options which have just been added to the menu. every time we come here, we never get the chance to get dessert as we always come late in the evening a=on last orders. but finally, we went earlier and got to try something! can’t wait to go back again and indulge in more yummy goodness!
Kunefe (£4.95) – A heavenly Middle-Eastern dessert made with cheese and rich semolina pastry, soaked in a sweet, sugar-based syrup. Topped with Nutella and Ice-Cream. I wasn’t too keen on this type of Kanafeh but like This is honestly one of the best middle- eastern desserts of mine! I just can’t believe I didn’t have it in Turkey as I thought why would anyone put cheese in a dessert? after coming back to the UK I tried it once in Konak – Leicester and I’ve been in love since! I think this calls for another trip to Turkey. Any excuses hahaha
Delicious Doughnuts (£5.95) – Freshly made bite-sized doughnuts, dusted with icing sugar and served with warm Nutella and Ice-Cream. Now, I am a sucker for normal doughnuts, like the ones you get in Blackpool and any normal shop, these were just like that and I am completely obsessed! they were DIVINE! They were fried to perfection, soft and fluffy on the inside, and nice and crispy on the outside, just the way I like it. I totally recommend getting these if you like normal doughnuts. alhamdulillah i was so impressed!
I must say that I was very impressed in my experience at Marco and Carl to the point where I would applaud them for their customer service, beautiful presentation and good value for money.
Please note that this is a dining experience where customers are paying for good quality food which takes time to prepare, despite the complaints from customers often saying that the food takes long to arrive as they have a movie to watch thereafter.
Address: Unit A2, Vicar Lane, Bradford, BD1 5LD
Phone: 01274 722788
Find it: If you have parked in the Leisure Exchange Car Park, exit through the main car entrance and on to the left you will see a flight of stairs. go up the stairs and keep walking straight and on to the left you will find Marco & Carl. alternatively, if you park on the upper floors of the car park, you can exit straight on to the leisure exchange or use the lift! 🙂
Opening times: Mon – Thu: 11:30am – 10pm | Fri: 11:30am – 11pm | Sat: 10:30am – 11pm | Sun: 10:30am – 10pm
Musallah available for Salah near fire exit next to the stairs