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5 New Eateries You Might Have Missed

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

Trust us, you don't want to miss these new openings...

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It’s hard to keep up with all the marvellous new openings in Leeds, so we’ve put together a handy list for you to tick off…

There’s not exactly a shortage of choice in Leeds – you can have Thai, Italian, Ethiopian or anything else you fancy, but if you’re the kind of person that loves to try somewhere new, maybe your next meal out should be to one of these exciting additions. From Sicilian street food joints to Southern fried chicken, you’ve got some seriously tasty eats ahead of you.

Poco

Poco Sicilian Street Food

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Just outside of town, Poco is a must-visit. At its heart, it’s a takeaway joint, but one of the best you’ll ever come across. They specialise in Sicilian street food – you can get proper pizza slices, cooked in blue iron trays and topped with everything from pepperoni to mushroom. And if that’s not your thing, they’ve got giant arancini balls stuffed with their latest meat or veggie fillings, or you can get a Nutella one. The best bit though is their rotisserie chickens – pick up a whole one to take home and couple it with their Italian roast potatoes and Mediterranean vegetables.

Poco, 360 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.

L’Art du Fromage

L'art du Fromage Leeds

Love cheese? Then you need to check out L’Art du Fromage. It’s a pop-up restaurant that takes over Le Chalet from 7pm to 11pm every Friday and Saturday. You have two choices here – raclette or fondue. The former arrives at your table with a slab of cheese and mini grill, ready for you to turn it into a gooey mess over potatoes, charcuterie and cornichons, while the latter promises a bubbling pot of Emmental, Brie and Gruyère with French bread for dipping.

L’Art du Fromage, Le Chalet, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD.

Aiyo

Aiyo

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Fast food doesn’t usually taste like this. Aiyo serves up fresh, clean Asian food to eat in or takeaway, with a petite menu that you’ll want to come back for. It comes from one of our favourite street food traders, Little Bao Boy, but while they’ve brought a little taste of their menu in the form of their Korean Fried Chicken Bao Burger, you can also tuck into a series of new creations. We’re talking Salt & Pepper Fries, Congee and Noodle Soup.

Aiyo, 75 Brudenell Grove, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1HR.

Slocken

Slocken

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If you’ve fallen for the charms of Wapentake, you’ll be head-over-heels for their latest venture, Slocken. It’s a Yorkshire inspired bar where you can try pizza in a new way. They’re serving up their own take on the Italian classic, with toppings like the Sunday Dinner, which comes topped with slow-cooked beef and gammon gravy, broccoli, cauliflower, Wensleydale and a Yorkshire pudding with carrot and parsnip puree. Coupled with Yorkshire beers and creative cocktails, it’s an instant winner.

Slocken, 10-12 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DN.

Absurd Bird

Absurd Bird

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Holy smoke! Leeds just got itself a new Southern fried chicken joint, but this isn’t just fast food – they’ll wow you with their wings. They do them in four different ways, with BBQ, buffalo or ‘extreme hot’, but it’s their crispy buttermilk chicken that demands to be tried. If you don’t want wings, treat yourself to one of their more unusual dishes – like fried chicken, waffles, cheesy sauce, honey mustard dressing and a crispy crumb. Coupled with a glass of their signature moonshine, it’s an all American meal out.

Absurd Bird, Trinity Kitchen, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.