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Where To Eat In Leeds!!

I began writing this post in January with the aim of it going on the blog when I was about to head down south, as that’s virtually happened here it is! The other day some friends asked if I’d eaten everywhere in Leeds and of course I haven’t, however I think I’ve tried many of the best and some of the worst in the city and can give some sort of judgement for what it’s worth. In the early days our regular haunts were places like The Reliance, Arts Cafe, Lucky Dragon (sadly no more), Salvos and Viva Cuba and fast forward fourteen years and the landscape has changed so much already, I can imagine on my visits back how it’s going to alter even further!!

With all this choice, choosing where to get a feed can be an arduous task, so to give you a helping hand in the decision making I’ve come up with my list of where to eat in the city. I’ve categorised them as best as I can, I’m sure there’s probably a better way of doing it, but I’ve tried my best.

I see this list as a flexible one, one that’ll change with new additions and possibly deletions if needed. Apologies to any more than worthy establishments left off, this list could go on and on all down to the fact the depth of quality available now is so good, but it has to stop somewhere! 

NB: places with an asterisk * are probably my absolute faves, I’ve included establishments which I’ve heard great things about on my ‘wish list’ and ones I’ve enjoyed that need revisiting.

Coffee / breakfast / brunch

*Laynes Espresso

Go for the best coffee, snappily dressed baristas and gorgeous baked goods from local baking legends Noisette Bakehouse, That Old Chestnut and Dumouchel! Prefer something savoury? The avocado on sourdough is a must even though it looks too beautiful to eat, or maybe one of their tasty sandwiches. Currently with two locations; the original on New Station Street, the second at Belgrave Music Hall, a third is soon to be revealed from a collaboration with Duke Studios resulting in the Sheaf St Cafeteria!

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Mrs Atha’s

Visit for its beautiful space with a bohemian vibe, great locally roasted Maude coffee and pretty vintage cups and spoons not just to gaze at, but also to use. Great for brunch – their pancakes win every time! 

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Opposite

One of Leeds’ coffee indie originals and still up there with the best, its VQ hub is great for a pick me up whilst on the run, if your lucky to be near Chapel Allerton, head to the shop for a sit down, great Square Mile coffee and a slice of a little something from superstar vegan bakers That Old Chestnut.

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La Bottega Milanese

Their coffee’s served with Italian passion and partnered with pastries, antipasti and homemade pasta. With two venues to choose from; one in The Light and a second outpost in the city’s financial district on Bond Court.

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*The Greedy Pig

Visit for food cooked with love, the best full English and veggie breakfast in town at a bargain price too. What the place lacks in square footage it makes up for with great food and service from genuinely lovely people. If you spot their homemade scotch eggs on the counter, make sure you grab one before their all gone!

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*Grub and Grog Shop

Found in the relaxed surroundings of Northern Monk Refectory, their breakfast/brunch menu’s a real treat for anyone! There’s no half measures taken here and you’ll thank yourself for going – think homemade crumpets, breakfast baps, buckwheat blinis, kedgeree…the list goes on. Beverage wise there’s locally roasted North Star for a coffee fix and also Sheffield’s Birdhouse Tea Company for your drinking pleasure. 

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Belgrave Music Hall – Laynes Brunch

Usually held monthly (apart from summer months) Laynes Espresso currently serve Sunday brunch at Belgrave Music Hall and it’s a real Sunday treat. The regularly changing menu always has something a bit special for both lovers of the savoury or the sweet. Previous dishes have included sourdough french toast, sweetcorn fritters, salt beef hash all with extra trimmings! 

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On the wish list – Sociable Folk on Wellington Place and Kapow on The Calls.

Pan-Asian

*My Thai

My current fave amongst an ever-growing number of Thai spots in the city, with top quality food that’s dead cheap! It’s not the biggest spot which adds to the charm of the place, so booking ahead could be the way to go, if you are unlucky takeout is always good option saving you even more of your hard earned cash!

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Thai Aroy Dee

This very popular restaurant finally reopened a few doors from their original site after much anticipation……a few glitches on my first visit back, but I’ve been hearing good things since. Great to see their bargainous lunch offer is still available too – £6.95 for two courses! 

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NOM Deli

Leeds doesn’t have many Vietnamese spots to my knowledge, but this is definitely a handy one to know. Found on Great George Street and run by a lovely couple passionate about the food from their homeland. Their menu maybe short, but everything is made really well, in particular their Banh Mi’s baguettes which are damn good! Opening hours are limited, however they are perfect for lunch and kind to the pocket!! 

*Noodle House

This place may feel like a cafe, but the food it cooks up are restaurant quality! Mostly Chinese with a few Malaysian additions, you’ll see dishes ranging from tasty, filling wonton soup to roasted belly pork and rice, even suckling pig if your organised. Great food, quick friendly service and value for money. 

Bulgogi Grill

The idea of Bulgogi Grill is to cook your own dinner, think marinated meats and seafood, wrapped in lettuce with pickled veg, rice and lettuce! It’s not the cheapest on paper, but diners get lots for their money – you won’t leave hungry! Friendly and attentive without being in your face. On the up side it’s interactive and a bit of fun, on the downside it’s hard not to end up smelling of grilled food! 

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Fuji Hiro

Fuji’s been around for years and is still a popular choice for many, with its no frills canteen style feel and sizeable noodle and rice dishes. My go to dishes are edamame beans, ebi or spicy beef gyoza, then yaki soba or cha han. The two course set meals is the way to go here.  

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Sushi Waka

There aren’t many decent sushi places in the city, but this is one of them. At times the service can be a little sketchy, but they’ve definitely improved since opening. If sushi isn’t your thing, they also have an extensive menu covering all things like noodles, rice and Bento boxes!

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Another notable favourite – BangWok and their glorious pad thai, currently open weekday lunchtimes!!! 

On the wish list – Line Thai Oriental on Great George Street I hear is doing some good things. Also May’s Thai Cafe in Hyde Park – loved her food when she traded at Kirkgate Market, but am yet to visit the cafe. 

Curry

Tharavadu

Tharavadu have won an army of fans and awards aplenty with their warm, friendly staff and stunning Keralan food. Always seems busy, lunch (bargain lunch deal on offer) or dinner.

One to revisit- The Corner Cafe on Burley Road.

Prashad and Bundobust fit into this category as well!!

Vegetarian / vegan

Prashad

Go to Prashad for superb Gujarati cooking where even the most stubborn carnivore has been known not to miss meat! Definitely worth a little trip to Drighlington!

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*Bundobust

This popular bar is just as well loved in its alternative guise as a street food venue, the two go hand in hand with their well crafted drinks menu and equally well thought food offerings. I ALWAYS find it really difficult not ordering a table full of food here, it’s a great spot any time of day, however week day lunch times they currently have a deal on – 2 dishes for £7.

Humpit

Found in the beautiful surroundings of the Corn Exchange, hummus and falafel are their thing and you won’t go wrong with their the falafel pitta or humpit classic! Run by really lovely people, great value for money and filling! Great spot for lunch in town.

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Central & South American

Cielo Blanco

The younger sibling of Neon Cactus found in Trinity. Think sharing boards, tostadas, burritos and enchiladas paired with cleansing juices and great cocktails. 

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Pinche Pinche

This suburban gem has served the folk of Chapel Allerton for years and has done so with tasty Mexican food. Great for catering to groups of varying sizes, their small plates are ideal for sharing, whilst their burritos, enchiladas or sharing platters can satisfy those with bigger appetites and larger groups!

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One to revisit – Neon Cactus, older sister restaurant of Cielo Blanco. For me, it has to be their feast menu (to share obviously) washed down with a caipirinha or two…!!! 

On the wish list – Casa Colombiana in the Grand Arcade. Tried the coffee but not the food, even though they’ve been on the list for a year!!

BBQ and Burgers

*Patty Smith’s

Arguably serve up the best burgers in Leeds, for me it’s a toss up between their ultra messy Dirty Burger (beef) or the spiced up Colonel Patty (chicken), on the fries side the double portion session fries are pretty awesome with smokey mayo and pancetta!! Find them at their home in Belgrave Music Hall or at festivals around the country.

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On my ‘wish list’ – Boss Burgers on Brudenell Grove,  I’ve heard from many as probably being the best takeaway burger joint in Leeds. Another one I’ve failed to visit and I can’t put my finger on why is Meat Liquor!!

Italian

*Zucco

Cracking Italian in suburban Meanwood, serving up plates to die for; including a mouth watering beef pappardelle and those deep fried zucchini which have semi-legendary status around these parts. Dead friendly staff and lip smackingly good cocktails too. 

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Livin’Italy 

This city centre bar/restaurant has a great selection Italian wines, friendly, knowledgeable staff and a small but great selection of Italian classics on the menu. My go to dishes are their humble lasagne and the porchetta accompanied by the odd Aperol Spritz!  

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Spanish

Bilbao Bar

At lunch and dinner they have a great tapas menu, while on Saturday’s their bar is fully laden with Basque-inspired pintxos, reminding me of time spent in San Sebastian. There are some very reasonable menu deals and you’ll be treated to dead friendly service.

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Pintura Basque Kitchen & Bar

Go here for a modern take on Basque cuisine, inspired by the tastes of northern Spain and their downstairs gin bar. Having visited a couple of times I enjoyed the food and liked the gin bar, but thought the service could be improved a lot. One for a treat, as always with tapas it’s easy to order a table full of food and end up with a hefty bill because it’s not the cheapest.   

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One to revisit – El Bareto, not been for years, but I hear it still delivers the goods! 

On the wish list – La Rambla on East Parade.

North African / Mediterranean

Cafe Moor

This fantastic stall at Kirkgate Market is a firm favourite with Leeds folk! It’s hard to hold yourself back and not to be tempted by a plethora of dips and salads whilst your order is prepared. Only open during market hours though and the popular chicken shawarma has been known to sell out way before closing time. A great spot to bag a bargain for lunch or takeaway tea.

 

Caravanserai

Cafe Moor’s second spot, to the side of the Corn Exchange, with seating upstairs and late opening hours, you get more of that authentic North African food and ambience.   

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Ephesus

This Rodley outpost brings the food of Turkey to Leeds with classics like Iskender kebab, kofte and Pide (Turkish version of pizza). Great food – it would be very easy to get full on the mezze options alone. 

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On my wish list – Darvish on Roundhay Road and Safran on Kirkgate.

Pizza

*Ecco Pizzeria

This Headingley spot has a large menu, so I stick to the classics made by their Neapolitan pizza makers Pizzaiolo, using ingredients imported from Italy. Go for the classic Margherita Ecco – you won’t regret it, but if you prefer something more extravagant no doubt you’ll find it here!

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*Dough Boys

A slice of Dough Boys is hard to resist when you step into the Belgrave Music Hall, especially when it’s half price a slice!!! The Sausage Fest and Baa No More are my personal faves, but every now and again one of their themed pizzas catches my eye. 

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Sela Bar

This subterranean bar has served up great pizzas for years, there’s a short menu but everything is quality. Great vibe in there, especially on Wednesday reggae night.

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Posh / special occasion

The Man Behind The Curtain

Food/art, art/food – Michael O’Hare’s pushing the boundaries and doing it in Leeds which can only be an amazing thing. A tasting menu that not only looks stunning but pushes and prods the senses to the max. Perfect for a special occasion. If the multi-course degustation menu is a little out of your price bracket, they also serve a more pocket friendly lunch Friday/Saturdays.

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Kendells Bistro

Award-winning rustic French cooking from a Yorkshireman, has been a popular choice for many years. Booking is normally essential to nab yourself a table here and the food doesn’t disappoint. My only gripe is that even though the staff are really lovely and friendly, service can be slow – possibly a consequence of its popularity.

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*The Reliance

A long time favourite of mine – The Reliance is friendly, relaxed, understated and serves great food using seasonal ingredients treated simply all day long. With a thoughtful wine list and beers to match, it’s only got better over the years!

*Grub & Grog Shop

Sublime heartwarming food produced from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, carefully prepared and beautifully cooked is what you’ll get here. Think charring, pickling, braising and a whole other manner of techniques used to create damn tasty plates!

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Supper clubs / pop-ups

The Noise of Strangers

A collaboration between a number of folk from Leeds’ food and drink scene, including chef Joe Hepworth of Hepworths Deli fame. If you’re lucky to get a ticket to one of their events you’ll be treated to an innovative menu served in an unusual dining space.

*The Swine That Dines

The Greedy Pig’s alter ego where thoughtful dishes are produced often using ingredients which are less commonly used. They may be better known for their love of pleasing the carnivores amongst us, however their vegetarian dishes are prepared and cooked with the equal aplomb. Their BYOB menu is perfect for sharing, all plates are £5 each so two/three people could treat themselves to the whole menu!!! 

Dinner at the Manor

Run by two food lovers who base their BYOB supper club events on well known cook books, it all takes place in a secret location which happens to be one of the homes of these two amateur cooks. You’ll be treated to a glorious multi-course experience and the chance to chat to fellow food lovers. Ticket prices can range depending on the event, but it’s always value for money in my opinion!! 

On the wish list – TrestleThe idea – 12 people sat around one table in an unusual location somewhere in Leeds. Gutted to have never made it to one of their events…. one day maybe….!

Afsaneh’s Persian Kitchen Supper Club for a Persian feast and Mario Olianas’s (from Gusto italiano) Cena Sarda Dining Club for suckling pig!!! 

Other

*Friends of Ham

Another award winner, but rightfully so with thoughtfully selected meat, cheese, wine and craft ales and ciders in beautifully designed surroundings……there’s not much else to say really! Lovely, knowledgable staff who guide even the most clueless (meaning me) person in the art of cheese etc!! You’ll find me sat at the Ham Bar probably with a glass of wine and a board of meat!!! 

Ira B’s

Found in the suburbs of Moortown, this Jewish deli/cafe is a very popular spot. Famed for its sandwiches, including their awesome chicken schnitzel with potato latkes and the Grobber, their version of salt beef on rye reminiscent of what you get in NYC’s Katz’s Deli!!

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One to revisit (over and over) – Belgrave Feast – go for brilliant street food from a whole range of different cuisines, all under one roof in the Belgrave Music Hall, oh I mustn’t forget Sarah’s Noisette Bakehouse with her next level baking creations and Layne’s coffee!!!

I’ll be interested to see how new additions turn out over the next year, such as Turtle Bay, Smokehouse (I wasn’t too impressed by their Sheffield restaurant), The Brunswick and WIno Bar and Merchants!!

Any recommendations for the list of where to try on my visits back would be great!!!

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A couple of pop-ups

What’s happened to the weather? All of a sudden it’s turned a bit miserable again, from what seemed like a glorious summer with lots of sunshine and warmth it’s now turned into showers and a down turn in temperatures. Well anyway, even though the weather may not be up to much, there are a couple of pop-ups on at the moment which Leeds folk may be interested in.

Here are a couple of spots I was asked to have a nosey at and try out for free:

Rum Shack’s a pop-up run by three Leeds bartenders with a wealth of experience, with a beach bar feel selling rum based cocktails. If you went to Leeds Feast, you may’ve noticed them and enjoyed a thirst quenching reggae rum punch off them. If that’s your kind of thing then it’s easily found in the Northern Quarter, as it’s in-between the Belgrave Music Hall, Blind Tyger and Sandinista so you can’t miss it! Every few weeks they’ll be changing their cocktail menu, it’s a bit of fun and great way of using the space. I can imagine it could be a good way to start off the night -enjoy some rum punch, a piña colada or whatever they’ve got on their menu that sounds appealing, then nip into the Belgrave for a slice of Dough Boys pizza or Patty Smith’s for one of their legendary burgers and then wherever the evening takes you.

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Ice Bar – found upstairs in Bierkeller off the Headrow, the whole Ice Bar experience is something I’ve had before, but on a far more impressive scale in LapLand’s Ice Hotel. This is quite a small affair and for a fiver you get 25 minutes in the bar and whilst your sipping on either wine, Coor’s Light (the sponsors) or a small selection of spirits and mixers, you may want to have a game on the mini curling or take some selfies next to the polar bear ice sculpture if that floats your boat. 

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Olia Hercules – The Wild East photoblog!!

Leeds Indie Food Festival has been in full swing for a week now, having a limited amount of time and budget I’ve had to consider my choices wisely. Out of all the dining experiences going on, I wanted to try something new, apart from bringing the talents of Leeds and further afield together, I think it’s something the festival has encouraged.

The event that struck out to me was ‘The Wild East’, a Ukrainian supper by London based chef Olia Hercules, working in collaboration with Marko Husak (Bundobust) and with the beautiful interior of local coffee shop Mrs Atha’s as the backdrop. Having not much knowledge of Olia, it was soon apparent that this lady certainly knew her culinary stuff, having worked with the likes of Yottam Ottolenghi and been named a Rising Star of 2015 by the Observer, as well as being a food writer with her own cook book!

Last night we were treated to a feast of delights, with Olia’s roots in Ukrainian food, she brought us traditional dishes along with food from Georgia, including an intriguing Soviet Korean carrot salad. If you’re one of the lucky ones to have grabbed a ticket for this event, you’re in for a treat with an absolutely delicious dining experience from Olia. All the proceeds are going to charities who are helping children who’s lives have been affected by the war in Ukraine. 

Here are some photos from the evening:

Green Borscht – Duck broth w/ sorrel and chopped egg
Sourdough made with Ukrainian hop flowers
Schneider Weisse Tap 7
Roasted beetroot, prune and walnut salad
Georgian poussin w/ tarragon, coriander, basil, dill and wild garlic
Rolled aubergine

Soviet Korean pickled carrot salad
Tabaka – Georgian poussin w/ pickled carrots, Georgian beans with crispy shallots, rolled aubergine, a roasted beetroot, prune and walnut salad, plum chutney and sourdough
Syrnyk – Ukrainian curd cheesecake w/ rhubarb compot
Meringue 
Coffee – courtesy of Mrs Atha’s

I hope you enjoy the evening as much as I did!!

Leeds Indie Food Festival

Mrs Athas

Central Road

Leeds

LS1 6DE

The Pink Shed – Behind the scenes photoblog @ Trinity Leeds

Any of you Leeds folk notice a pink shed in Leeds recently, you may remember seeing it once before, last year at Trinity Leeds? The Pink Shed was brought back by Chilled Events for Leeds Loves Food Festival after being so popular the last time. Some of you may have been lucky enough to get a seat at the table, whilst many others had to resign themselves to just walking passed, being jealous about the food that was being devoured inside. Over the two week period, some of the best independent restaurants and food producers from Leeds and its surrounding areas including Friends of Ham, The Greedy Pig and Shears Yard gave diners a fantastic dining experience to remember. 

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On its final weekend The Sunshine Bakery from Chapel Allerton had a 3 course Sunday lunch on the menu. Run by David Bennett, in my limited knowledge I knew that the place was well-respected for its cakes and also ran a supper club, but I had no idea that David was once a former chef for Marco Pierre-White, so had more than enough credentials for something like this.

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I’d gone along for a behind-the scenes peek at the goings on behind closed doors, or as it actually was down the seemingly never ending corridors of Trinity Leeds. The kitchens location was reminiscent of watching the final banquet episode on the TV programme The Great British Menu, with a temporary makeshift kitchen found down a corridor surrounded by never-ending fire doors. Whilst the actual pink shed was a lot more sophisticated that its exterior appearance, with eight places set around on the dining table. 

Here’s my photoblog of how the lunch service unfolded over the  following  couple of hours:

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Makeshift Pink Shed kitchen!
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The unpacking begins!
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Vegetables at the ready
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Starters!

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Galette of Sea bass with Asparagus
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Components of the main course
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Main course plating up
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Saucing!
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Roast leg of lamb with roasted vegetables and mint beurre blanc
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Components for the dessert

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Sablee aux Framboise
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Job well done!

My few hours as a fly on the wall was really enjoyable; whether it was the guys from Chilled Events basically doing their thing and hosting, or the team from The Sunshine Bakery, all working like a well-oiled machine with a few laughs thrown in along the way. All the food looked fantastic and smelled just as good, plates came back clean and comments from start to finish were massively complimentary.

Who knows if we’ll see The Pink Shed again, maybe, only time will tell. I’m sure whatever the team at Chilled Events have up their sleeve, it’ll have a simple but innovative premise, just like The Pink Shed. Where through collaboration with local independent businesses the Leeds community are brought together.

The Sunshine Bakery
182 Harrogate Road
Chapel Allerton
Leeds
LS7 4NZ
0113 2680656
http://www.sunshinebakeryleeds.co.uk
http://www.chilled-events.co.uk

 

The Noise of Strangers Pop-Up @ Leeds Dock, Leeds

Oooh I love a good pop-up, especially the intrigue that surrounds it, The Noise of Strangers is one venture that’s been waiting in the wings for a long time. I first saw them on Twitter last year then the trail seemed to go cold – who were they, where had they gone, had it died a death, what was the deal??? Was it a game they were playing?

Suddenly The Noise of Strangers started to reach out and interact with followers, so at the earliest opportunity I signed myself and mate Lucy Reynolds up, fellow pop-up lover to join in the fun.

Whoever these guys were, they’d slowly enticed us into their web, drip feeding us with vague, sneaky peaks of the venue. Leading us on a bit of a wild goose chase, all good fun to be had. The location was finally released a couple of days before the event and it was in one of the empty buildings of what was Clarence Dock, now Leeds Dock. In the past the only thing that attracted me to visit was really The Royal Armouries or the fantastic restaurant The Bird which was housed at Alea Casino. Since The Bird closed I haven’t really give it a passing thought, until now.

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Final instructions were emailed to us and told us to venture down to Leeds Dock, near a popular pizza restaurant close to the Royal Armouries. We found a huge expanse and in the middle were two long tables with seating in the form of long benches. All set up and looking good so far. So when we were offered a glass of Prosecco with Elderflower, the only thing to reply back was  ‘oh yes please, thank you very much!’

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The Prosecco didn’t last long so we dove straight into sampling the False Bay Sauvignon Blanc they had to compliment our meal, reasonably priced as these events go at £13.50 I found it a nice, easy drinking white that was certainly hitting all the right notes and getting us in the mood for a yummy five-courser.

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Our pre-dinner drinks gave us chance to re-familiarise ourselves with the menu and it was just a list of the primary ingredients; this partly lended itself to the intrigue where they just provide the barest of details, bringing out the need to ask questions and find out more. 

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We were invited to sit down for dinner at 7pm and sat next to a slate platter of butter, where one was rolled in Parmesan and one was reformed with a sweet caramel flavour. With some yummy bread rolls our experience started well. 

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When the first course was brought the initial thing that impressed me was how beautiful everything looked, aesthetically lots of attention to detail had obviously been paid to the ingredients and dish as a whole. This first course was a lovely opener with flavours of the sea from the razor clam and salty samphire, extremely delicious crab underneath and the pickled cucumber and radish helped to cut through the richness in the dish. Everything was so delicate I did just sit there staring at it, but soon, within a few mouthfuls it was gone.

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For our second course three main components were listed – smoked duck, Pain d’épice and apple. I’ve only eaten smoked duck one, as part of the Kirkstall Bridge Inn‘s platters, a revelation it was too with real punchiness from the smoke, but still retaining it’s sweetness. This dish was a much more delicate affair, with very thinly sliced duck hidden underneath a crisp Pain d’épice, apple, chicory and edible flowers. I didn’t really know what to expect by the Pain d’épice and after a little research found it is a spiced bread, traditionally made with rye. I found it a little overwhelming for the dish, it’s sweetness took over a little more than I would have liked and masked the delicate flavour from the duck. All the other ingredients were lovely, but if the duck is the main ingredient then I feel it should have been more evident.

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Our third course was also beautifully presented, cubes of cured salmon, beetroot in different forms – meringue, golden, regular, purée, powder, a deep fried breaded goat cheese which just oozed out. Lots of contrasting flavours from beetroot which was earthy and vibrant, salty cheese and undeniable flavour of salmon. A really tasty dish, the walnut added a little but I found it was a bit lost amongst everything else.

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Course no: 4 – Lamb is an obvious meat of choice at this time of year, on offer was a rolled shoulder of lamb which was delicately lamby in flavour. It must have been cooked forever as it was so melt in the mouth, virtually no pressure was needed to chew. A generous swipe of pea purée, a couple of olives which provided an umami hit, but thankfully weren’t too powerful and a sprinkling of feta cheese for added saltiness. The gravy/jus whatever you want to call it was glossy and smooth and did what a great sauce should do and brought the whole dish together. The only thing I found a little odd was the plating up, we had a large dinner plate, with the food placed on one side of the plate, what about the other side!

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After a little break the desserts were brought over in delicate little glass bowls, what came was the perfect combination of strawberries in either fresh, jelly and freeze-dried forms, balsamic, black pepper sugar and whipped cream. It was deliciously light with lots of flavour; sweet, sour and peppery heat – a yummy palate cleanser!

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I’d half forgotten that North Star were providing the coffee for the event, but as always was fantastic to see them showing off their hard work! With a couple of Chemex flasks ready for their Rwandan coffee that we would have as the climax to our experience. 

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Coffee was served black and they’d brought a lovely Rwandan Gashonga to try out. The Chemex had done a lovely job keeping the coffee clear, syrupy and with a distinct taste of fruit from cherry, blackcurrant and damson. Kept black and with no bitterness whatsoever, so hopefully even people with the craving for adding sugar to their coffee wouldn’t get the urge. In my haste to drink it I completely forgot to take a photo first, sorry. Finally the macarons were a perfect companion to our coffees, light, unctuous and gooey in the centre. Yummy.

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The evening had been a collaboration of many; including Joe Hepworth of Hepworth’s Deli,  North Star Micro Roasters and Leeds Pop-Ups and Latitude Wine, apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone. On all accounts I’d had a really lovely evening, not just because of the food, but when it comes to events like this, it’s people who really love food and the experience as a whole who come, so we were lucky to sit next to two other diners who seemed to enjoy the evening as much as us. 

Our five course dinner was £35 each, not including wine.

Did you attend the event, what did you reckon? Do you love a good pop-up too?

The Noise of Strangers