Trinity Kitchen VII, Leeds

Trinity Kitchen has brought five new street food traders in this month. It’s great to have 100% new traders to keep things fresh and interest high, as I feel the last couple of months it seemed the novelty of Trinity Kitchen was wearing off slightly, and the hoards being drawn in wasn’t as consistently regular as first hoped. 

This month’s quota has brought a concoction of flavours from Yorkshire, Japanese/Mexican fusion, Carribean, French and Latin American to Leeds folk. Here’s my run down:

1. Hay Latin America aren’t newcomers to street food in Leeds, you may have seen them at Briggate’s World Feast recently. Having drawn inspiration from traveling around South America, their menu has a fresh quinoa salad with Peruvian style marinated chicken, Brazilian cheesy dough balls, Spinach and ricotta empanadas and unforgettable Alfajores, these small shortbread sandwiches were heavenly, THE best shortbread I’ve ever had!! Over the coming weeks their menu will change with regular specials, the first being a Chilean-inspired hot dog! Prices: £1.10 – £6.50.

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Beef Empanadas in progress
Beef Empanadas in progress
Spinach & Ricotta Empanada
Spinach & Ricotta Empanada
Quinoa salad
Quinoa salad – lots of fresh flavours.
Alfajores with Rhubarb compote
Alfajores with Rhubarb compote – absolutely melt in the mouth, the best shortbread I have EVER eaten. 
Inca Kola
Inca Kola – was lucky enough to get the last one of the current stock. Tasted like a weak Irn-Bru.

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2. Tacochu run by Hackney-based Erica, is serving up Taco rice from Okinawa, a combination of American taco filling with Japanese rice. I had the Godzilla (£8) with everything. It was a mixture of flavours and textures, with lots of freshness from the salsa and salad, a hint of spice in the beef, sticky rice and lastly tortilla chip crunch.  Filling to boot, I really enjoyed it. Prices: £1.50 – £9.

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Godzilla!
Godzilla!

3. Catering Yorkshire are new to street food, but don’t lack experience in the food industry, with over 20 years experience running hotel kitchens such as Malmaison and Rudding Park. Currently they cater at The Northern Ballet and Stockeld Park.

Their produce is locally sourced from Leeds Markets and is served up in different guises, with a fresh salad bar, Yorkshire-inspired tapas and desserts like Yorkshire mess for anyone with a sweet tooth. Prices: £5-6.

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I tried the Lamb burger and Whitby Cod Cake with salad (£5) which I enjoyed.  The cod cake came with a lovely fresh salad and I liked the sweet chilli sauce. However, I would have preferred the lamb to have been spicier and the cod cake to have been bigger. That’s probably because I’m greedy!

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Lamb burger and Whitby Cod cake salad tapas

4. Mama’s Jerk Station is run by London-based Adrian, with experience working as Head Chef in other establishments he wanted to branch out and do his own thing. Mama’s was set up in 2009 and are regulars on the street food scene, trading at both Brick Lane and Waterloo. 

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Serving authentic Caribbean food inspired by Great Granny Charlotte, Adrian uses an inherited recipe of Jerk seasoning and marinade from his Great Granny, which he’s adjusted to give his own twist. All the chicken is marinated for 24 hours and cooked on the BBQ, non-meat eaters aren’t left out with fried plantain and Veggie bean cake. I had the wings which were sticky, flavourful and juicy, also the plantain which were caramelised and incredibly more-ish. Prices: £3 – £10.

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Jerk Saltfish Cake meal with rice n peas, Mama’s slaw and fried plantain
BBQ Chicken Wings and Fried Plantain
BBQ Chicken Wings and Fried Plantain

5. La Petite Bretonne brought to Trinity by the Huddersfield-based duo Xavier and Caroline, serving freshly made sweet crepes and savoury galettes from the Citreon H Van. Prices: £3-£5.50.

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I was too full for a galette so chose a simple crepe instead, I’m a lemon & sugar kinda girl so after a few minutes was tucking into one. The crepe was uber thin and the batter was lovely and light. With a dusting of icing sugar it had sweetness, but I would have loved more lemony sharpness, also for my crepe to be a tad more golden but that’s just me. Enjoyable nonetheless!!

Crepe with lemon & sugar
Crepe with lemon & sugar

Are there any street food traders you’d like to see at Trinity Kitchen? Are you still interested in going to Trinity Kitchen, or do you think it’s lost a little bit of it’s early lustre?

Trinity Kitchen
Trinity Leeds
Albion Street
Leeds
LS1 5AT
01133942415

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