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Street feast V @ Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds

Last weekend was a pretty busy one, just how I like it! With a quick stop at the Vegan Festival in the Queens Hotel, a jaunt at The Belgrave, then the 12:40 train to Manchester for some girly fun! I’m a big fan of the Belgrave, as are many Leeds folk and Street Feast has become an event that I look forward to, in particular because of the new street food traders brought into the fold every month.

The usual social media sources kept me up-to date with this months vendors, so with limited time I was on a mission to try new things! As much as I would’ve LOVED to have indulged and feed myself silly I couldn’t, doesn’t mean I didn’t try though!

There were the usual In-House regulars:

Fish&Noisette BakehouseLaynes EspressoDough BoysPatty Smith’s, Fu Schnikens, The Grub & Grog Shop. Guests included Street FodderEl KantinaCrepe LucetteBanh mi BoothGingers Comfort Emporium and Discovery Bay.

The Greedy Pig‘s ‘Nose to Tail Tapas’ would be this month’s Street Lab experiment and newcomers to the event in the drinks department were Little Tipples with their distilled delights!

I had previously tried all but three food vendors, so my mission was to get a belly full of The Greedy Pig, Discovery Bay and Ginger’s Comfort Emporium in 45 minutes. It might sound like loads of time, but it really isn’t if you’re like me and uses up time dreaming at the thought/sight of delicious offerings from every other vendor! Oh I wish I wasn’t so greedy and didn’t possess such a voracious appetite….sometimes!!

The first time The Greedy Pig introduced their ‘nose to tail tapas’ to the masses I was gutted not to get my hands (and mouth) around one of their offerings.  Amazing Graze was first class evidence of how good their food was after rave reviews! I’m not one that’s particularly squeamish about the lesser used parts of the animal, so I was quite relishing the chance to try something. I thought as long as it wasn’t like a bush tucker trial I’d be ok.

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‘Nose to tail’ dining has been one of the food trends of the last year and it’s something I think probably needs to be done with care and thought. The Greedy Pig have taken their time to develop their menu and have slowly introduced Leeds to their version, so as soon as I saw Bone Marrow Sliders on the menu, it had my name written ALL over them! With bone marrow in the butter, it was cleverly used and disguised in such a way that made it more accessible to the eater.

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The smells from the hot plate were pretty amazing, the beef brisket patty with it’s bone marrow butter speckled with mustard was incredibly delicious and uber rich in flavour. A little messy to eat, but if licking my lips and fingers is a hardship then I’m in the wrong game! If there was any criticism, it would be that the bread may have been a little too thick, especially as it was a slider. Maybe a different choice of bread would’ve been better, as Focaccia is quite an oily bread. But, saying that I’d eat another one or two right now!! On taste the star of the show definitely came through no doubt about it!

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The other stall I’d been dying to try out was Discovery Bay, its owner Barrington Douglas has been serving up wonderful Caribbean food at his Huddersfield restaurant since 2006. Having a following from celebrities and royalty alike, there must’ve been a reason why his food was so special, his Jerk Pork Pies are eaten in Buckingham Palace of all places!

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Jerk Chicken was their recommendation so of course I had to go for that, I’d be a fool to go against it! In exchange for £5, I received a wrap topped with Jamaican Jerk chicken and Caribbean sweet pumpkin curry. Condiments were either their Hot sauce or their Sweet & Sour sauce for added ‘something something’, as my other half would put it, I opted for the Sweet & Sour.

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Caribbean sweet pumpkin curry

I had 15 minutes before I had to rush off, I felt a bit like Cinderella with a food time limit, not dressed for a ball or anything and there was no evidence of a pumpkin carriage, but I desperately needed to head off, meanwhile I still wanted to savour the food in front of me as it was so moreish!!

The delicately spiced chicken was juicy and succulent. I really loved the pumpkin curry and the two of them just seemed to work in perfect harmony with each other. With a bit of veg for some crunch and the heat from the sweet and sour sauce it was crammed with flavour, but also hefty in size too. All for £5, you’ve got to be kidding me!! 

My time was virtually up and the last thing on my to try list was Manchester’s Ginger’s Comfort Emporium. Being a bit behind the game with Ginger’s they first came on my radar at Amazing Graze. Famed for their wonderful flavour combinations using locally sourced ingredients I was desperate to walk out with some. 

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After a quick once-over at the menu and I chose the Plum, gin and juniper for my takeaway street food treat, once again showing how street food is not only extremely delicious and moreish, but also so portable!

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So good, full of flavour from the plums and I secretly quite liked seeing people watching little green with envy as I waltzed down Briggate with my takeout.

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I’m loving the new vendors Belgrave keeps bringing to Leeds and its definitely keeping me on my toes too. I massively enjoyed my 3-course street feast, see you next month where I’ll be filling my belly once again.

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
1-1A Cross Belgrave Street
Leeds
LS2 8JP

Amazing Graze returns, Left Bank, Leeds

Amazing Graze returned to Left Bank Leeds, for the second year running at the former St Margaret of Antioch Church last weekend. Wanting to bring street culture to the people of Leeds, the duo behind Manjit’s Kitchen – Michael and Manjit had drafted in great traders to feed the masses, and entertained all ages with art stalls, workshops and performances during the day, and for those wanting to stay into the evening the legendary Stir it Up, local musicians and DJs. 

I was itching to get there Saturday morning, dragging the other half along when we were both ravenous for a spot of lunch! The traders on show were ones they’d met along the way since starting their street food adventure, who also happen to serve great food reflecting cuisines around the world.

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Our lunch started at Fish& with their twist on fish and chips. Being a creature of habit the other half got a Sharing Box with all three fish batters.  A good way to start our Amazing Graze Saturday! 

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That was just for starters! Our next course was a burger, it just had to be really after hearing Original Fry Up Material were back in Leeds. They’d won the hearts of many and then some during their residency at Trinity Kitchen.

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My aim was to try and graze (pardon the pun), to work my way through as many stalls as possible. Yeah, it’s a lot of food but it was worth a try!! I’d been banging on repeatedly how AMAZING OFM‘s burgers were, so I shared a Cheesy burger with the other half. He absolutely LOVES burgers and knows a good one when he tastes one. After being asked what he thought, he quickly admitted they were indeed fantastic and I hadn’t been exaggerating the whole time! For me a great burger needs a soft bun that doesn’t fall apart even at the last bite, a patty made of top quality meat, well seasoned and cooked pink, so it oozes meat juice. Fresh salad, preferably lettuce which is sliced, perfectly melted cheese and just enough sauce to come through, but not detract from other flavours. Well here you have it, have a gander at this!!! 

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It’d obviously made a lasting impression on the other half, as before we left he got his hands on one of their Bacon Chilli Cheese burgers, which he thought this was EVEN better than the Cheesy burger!!! 

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Next up was a little something from the organisers of Amazing Graze – Manjit’s Kitchenwho were as usual dishing up their wonderful vegetarian Indian street food.

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Since their first appearance on the Leeds street food scene, they’ve built such a loyal following it’s no surprise to see them holding an event with such wonderful traders! Manjit’s well equipped to hold her own against these guys though and I ordered a Samosa Chaat which I’ve eaten many a time, basically because it never fails!! With its multilayering textures, flavours and the pockets of heat you get from chilli, its great at just £4!!

Later I tried some Bhel Puri and Aubergine fritters which both hit the right spots, in particular the Bhel Puri which was full of fresh flavours and great combinations of textures. 

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Relative newcomers to the street food scene The Grub & Grog Shop were serving up their ‘grub’ with tasty sandwiches, stews and salads, also their own homemade rose lemonade with grapefruit and honey ‘grog’.

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I was lucky enough to baggsy the last Flemish beef stew, sharing it with a friend. A few years ago, my best mate and I explored Ghent for the day where I ate the regional dish Carbonade Flamande, which this is loosely based on. I distinctly remember on that occasion in Ghent I found it incredibly intense and rich, so I must admit I was glad this version was less intense as it was certainly the better for it. There was tender beef in a lovely rich gravy, flavoured with beer, the vegetables were soft but still had a touch of bite left. 

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Other Leeds favourites included Madeleine Bakehouse with their beautifully delicious bakes and sweet treats.

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Also newcomer to the street food scene Bánh mì Booth with their Vietnamese Bánh mì sandwich and noodles.

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I recently reviewed them at the Kirkstall Bridge Inn which you can read here, but sampled some dumplings here and thought they were good, they had a crisp wrapper exterior filled with well flavoured pork. Very nice! Some No Name veg fritters I found disappointing, they were lovely and crisp, but for me lacked flavour and were a little bland. I did like the satay sauce that accompanied them though and could even be made more peanutty.

Leeds’ own The Greedy Pig showcased their ‘Nose to Tail’ menu, I was very gutted I didn’t manage to get my hands on any. I heard the dishes were pretty special, in particular the Tongue Tacos!!

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El Kantina served up Mexican delights and Las Paelleras the Spanish Paella and tapas dishes on offer.

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I tried some of Las Paelleras’ Andalucian Shrimp fritters with aioli dipping sauce. They were crisp and golden, the prawns were well cooked and juicy and I did get a hint of spring onion running through them. The aioli sauces were great and went well with the fritters. My only picky criticism is the fritters were a tad greasy. 

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Manchester’s Diamonds Dogs with their humongous hotdogs. I have no chance of managing one of these beasts as they are so generous in size, especially once I’ve already started eating other yummy things. Next time I really need to plan ahead and not eat a thing beforehand!

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Last but by no means least, Ginger’s Comfort Emporium with her ‘ice-cream for grown-ups’.

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I hadn’t realised they were outside until I was leaving so was pretty full by then and had to miss out. On what I’d seen on social media with photos of delectable sweet treats with a difference, I MUST rectify this next time !!

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All in all Amazing Graze was a wonderful event for people wanting a relaxing time, eating your way through a number of different delicious cuisines. It’s another example of fantastic collaboration between independents, roll on this time next year!!! 

Amazing Graze

Left Bank Leeds