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Bullwinkles pop up @ Belgrave

Ok, do you remember earlier this year, I’d put out a snippet on ‘What would you like to eat in Leeds in 2015?’ – my thoughts made a bee-line for Poutine, the Canadian dish that’s a heady concoction of chips, cheese curds and gravy. Trying it for the first time on holiday last year, I’d really built up a craving for the stuff and had hankered for our next encounter. So reading that Belgrave’s development team Food Lab were trying their hand at Poutine I very nearly rejoiced, I’m not quite that way inclined, but I definitely whooped for joy at the mere thought! Ben Davy’s Food Lab’s last outing was many months ago I think, I maybe wrong, please correct me if I am! I remember the early days in Belgrave Feast they sold fish tacos to Leeds folk, so I guess this was an opportunity to try new things, develop their repertoire, as well as get punters in!

Rocking up on Wednesday at 6pm, it seemed many others all had the same craving, as the Belgrave seemed busier than normal; I suppose that was partly the point?!



Expecting a queue to quickly form, I slid into the front of the queue, a quick squiz at the board gave three options, their classic take on poutine, which could be pimped up with extras in the form of tea-brined fried chicken and smoked bacon. Being a complete glutton and easily swayed I went for everything, it would’ve been rude not too, don’t you think?!

Now, speaking to those who maybe unfamiliar with Poutine, it can have a number of different toppings, e.g. chicken, but primarily it has three core elements. One of them, the cheese curds had been substituted with mozzarella though as cheese curds couldn’t be sourced.



So, how was it…..?

Chips – basically awesome, Belgrave regulars know how good they are, I’ve used many minutes of my life banging on about them!

Cheese – ah, now for me, it’s the cheese curds that really do it, so it was a shame they were absent, as the characteristic saltiness and squeakiness was missing, but on taste it was still good, you know who doesn’t like stringy cheesy chips with gravy?!

Gravy – peppery and tasty, lighter in appearance and looser in viscosity than traditional poutine gravy, but I liked that it wasn’t as heavy.

The addition of fried chicken that was juicy, golden, perfectly crisp, and a generous sprinkle of smoked, salty bacon the combination, albeit minus the cheese curds was still a winner! (£6) Considering it was their first outing, it was pretty damn tasty, hey it may not have been an authentic poutine, but as always Ben Davy always works wonders with his own twist.

Food Lab are bringing out special pop ups fortnightly, with the likes of the humble lobster roll, steak and chips, and Fu-Schnikens Ramen, which I’m determined to get my hands on this time after missing out a couple of weeks ago! I’m hoping the broth is awesome so I can slurp away with the best of them!

Belgrave Music Hall

1A Cross Belgrave Street
West Yorkshire
0113 234 6160

What would you like to eat in Leeds in 2015?

This week the subject of food trends has come up, as it does at the start of every year, with different publications and social media coming up with their own predictions on the matter. Just today trailblazers Leeds Indie Food started the conversation about what food trends 2015 would see. As you Leeds folk may or may not have seen, it was the year of the burger, frankly I think it was hard to miss!! 

photo taken from Twitter

So, I was thinking not just about trends, but how may that relate to Leeds, what’s missing in the city’s food and drink scene. I don’t necessarily mean Michelin stars, however great it would be for one of the city’s establishments to hold one, but in terms of cuisine,  what would you like to eat?

Being a massive brunch fan, I love the fact that the awesome team at Laynes Espresso do their monthly brunch at Belgrave Music Hall with such aplomb, and of course we have amazing breakfasts from The Greedy Pig, The Grub & Grog Shop and others in Leeds. However, I know from other cities, e.g. London and San Francisco how much brunch is truly embraced and it would be the brilliant to have more of this in Leeds’ food and drink culture too.

I’d love to see somewhere selling Poutine, the Canadian dish famed for it’s dreamy combination of fries, cheese curds and light gravy. Most recently we ate it at Antler Poutine & Burger in Krakow a few months ago. It was good, so good in fact they they serve it in the burger too, yeah I know you could do it it yourself and add it in, but I just loved to combination of the two!!! Love burgers? Love Poutine, it would make my day if we had it here too!!! Anybody else love Poutine? 

Antler’s Quebec burger with Poutine

What do you think? Are their any types of cuisines, or specific dishes you’d like to see more of?