Normal service resumes, hip hip hooray!

My weekly catch-up with the best mate included a visit to Distrikt in Leeds city centre, on Duncan Street just round the corner from Call Lane. It’s been open since 2009 and I’ve been many times before but not for at least 9 months, so I thought it was time for a revisit. The food they serve is Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired tapas dishes cooked by chef Paul Benkhe (who has Michelin kitchen experience).

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Wednesday is half price tapas night so always a good place to go for a cheap eat!!! The service is always very friendly, welcoming and attentive.

I had ordered a bottle of Viognier which was very aromatic and tasted great, it’s a fantastic bargain at £16.75.

From the menu we ordered pomme frites, crispy whitebait with aioli, a charcuterie platter, smoked kippers and rosemary bandade with pitta bread and lemon and herb creme fraiche, spiced baby squid with cucumber, mint and tomato salad, crayfish and cockles salad with watercress, herb salad and citrus dressing, smoked chilli and lemon grass chicken wings and lime yoghurt sauce. It may sound quite a lot for two people I suppose it is really, hee hee but it’s just very yummy. Considering it was a busy evening, the food didn’t take too long to start arriving. It’s always good to see people looking over at your food from the next table with a bit of jealousy while they wait for theirs. I know I do it all the time!!

The food was as good as I remember, the whitebait lovely and crispy with the aioli dip which has just enough garlic making it incredibly moreish.

Crispy whitebait with aioli.
Crispy whitebait with aioli.

The kipper and rosemary brandade was delicious, the pitta bread soft and an ideal vehicle for the brandade, I enjoyed piling the brandade onto the pitta as high as I could get it, Apologies for the awful pictures!!!

Smoked kipper and rosemary brandade with pitta bread and lemon and herb creme fraiche.
Smoked kipper and rosemary brandade with pitta bread and lemon and herb creme fraiche.

The chicken wings, which I have always been a fan of were lightly spiced and perfectly cooked with crispy skin, which is a must for fried chicken!!! I quite happily polished these off with huge dollops of lime yoghurt which cut through the mild spice well. Our charcuterie platter had a nice selection of different meats, e.g. chorizo, prosciutto, smoked duck which was a particular highlight, a wedge of mild manchego cheese and a dollop of tasty chutney.

Charcuterie platter with a selection of meats, local chutney, toasted bread and manchego cheese.
Charcuterie platter with a selection of meats, local chutney, toasted bread and manchego cheese.

The crayfish and cockle salad was especially nice, a dish I hadn’t tried there before. It tasted really fresh and the citrus dressing really complemented the shellfish.

crayfish and cockles salad, with watercress and herb salad and citrus dressing.
Crayfish and cockles salad, with watercress and herb salad and citrus dressing.

A definite for my next visit! Distrikt isn’t just a place for yummy food, it also has a fine wine list and fantastic cocktail list. They have daily and weekly offers, with half price tapas being one of them. They also have a £5 lunch menu which is an absolute bargain and their own twist on a Sunday roast which is excellent. In terms of price the food, a bottle of wine and 10% tip was £37 for 2 people! Now that I have reacquainted myself with the yummy food at Distrikt I’m sure it won’t take me 9 months to go back again. It was definitely well worth the wait!!

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