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Leopard Restaurant, Aurora Ohio

Bill Luddy | Aug 4, 200412:36 PM

Had occasion to eat here for the first time two weeks ago and felt I ought to post a review.

I am fairly new to the area and am always looking for good food and good places to eat.

This is a restaurant attached to a hotel and meeting center complex called the Bertram Inn, apparently an independent hotel not affiliated with any of the big chains. My impression is a business class place like a Hilton, etc. - i.e. nothing fancy but not too bad.

The restaurant has a kind of funky decor - check the pics on the link to the website - but the food and service were both good. I had dinner with a friend and we each commented on how good the food was and why we hadn't heard of this place before - she's a local and had never been there before.

I had a hankering for duck for some reason so ordered both a duck appetizer and entree while my friend ordered the rack of lamb.

The duck appetizer was promoted as spring rolls but turned out to be slices of duck in soggy boiled cabbage. The entree duck, however, was great. Really among the best duck I have had. It was a boneless duck breast nicely cooked with a crispy layer of skin on top and juicy, moist flesh throughout. The duck was served with pears and figs in a slightly sweet sauce - not at all cloying or overpowering. My friend commented that the rack of lamb was also excellent - and it was a huge portion too for those for whom that matters.

We finished with cheesecake which was fresh tasting and nicely textured.

The service was also very good - I notice that they do table-side preparation for some dishes too like steak diane.

Dinner for two with wine and drinks and dessert was around $200 - so not cheap, and on the whole quite a bit more than I expected given the setting - but the food and service were worth it for me.


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