With restaurants opening in Leeds virtually every week, it’s easy to miss the best ones. Trust us, you should check them out…
Everywhere you look in Leeds, it seems like a new restaurant or bar is opening, and it can make your head spin trying to keep up with them all. The last thing you want is to miss out on somewhere truly special because you didn’t know it was there – and we’re here to help. These are five brand new openings you simply mustn’t miss.
Matt Healy at The Foundry
Hometown hero and Masterchef: The Professionals runner-up Matt Healy has been one of the North’s poster boys of cookery since 2016 – and The Foundry is his long-awaited foray into Leeds’ culinary scene.
Not only is the cooking some of the most creative around, but the recipes are too, with a menu that changes every six weeks. His previous concoctions have included poached mackerel fillet with beetroot, radish and apple, bavette steak with king oyster mushrooms and burnt shallots, and even creme brûlée desert doughnuts!
Matt Healy at The Foundry, 1 Saw Mill Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WH.
If you want junk food without the guilt, look no further than Knave’s Kitchen, the new 100% vegan pop-up at Oporto.
Keeping the concept of down and dirty food, they’ve created a place that serves classic comfort food with a vegan twist. Whether it’s their seitan fish finger butty, the vegan kebab loaded with hummus, pickles and chilli sauce or the crème de la crème, the crispy and crunchy Onion Bhaji Burger – it’s heavy on the flavour, but light on the soul.
Knave’s Kitchen, 33 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
‘Al taglio’ is the latest buzzword in pizza right now, meaning ‘by the slice’. At Simpatico in Queen’s Arcade, that’s exactly what you get. Everything is made from scratch, so the pizza can change at any time, sometimes within the very same hour.
Simpatico’s owner Nick Julian was trained in Rome under legendary pizza makers Cristiano Garbarino and Gabriele Bonci, and it shows in the quality of their slices. The combination of fresh ingredients and crisp dough with an airy, fluffy base make the pizza here a little slice of heaven.
Simpatico, 16 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.
Indian Tiffin Room
So long Wagamama, there’s a new must-visit eatery in your place. Replacing the outgoing Asian restaurant chain is an authentic taste of the Far East, the Indian Tiffin Room.
The decor catches your attention the second you step through the door, from their intricate wall murals to the dazzling flower baskets – but it’s the food that will really stay with you. There’s no vindaloo here, just sizzling street food made to order. The menu offers charcoal cooked kebabs – the rich smokey flavour mixes slowly into the Tandoor spices, topped off with a dash of lemon – along with bite-sized Dahi Puri or the cauliflower-transforming Gobi Manchurian. Don’t miss the authentic Indian wine either, it’s imported specially all the way from Bangalore.
Indian Tiffin Room, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD.
Eat Your Greens
What do you get when you combine two of Leeds’ most exciting food and drink institutions under one roof? In the case of Eat Your Greens, it’s a vegetable-forward, vegan dining experience and where each dish has a hearty dose of something leafy, green, and of course, delicious. The brainchild of Outlaws Yacht Club and The Grub & Grog Shop, you can tuck into delights like smoked haddock & pink soup, wood pigeon with roast apple and spelt and even a savoury porridge with cucumber.
The fun doesn’t just stop at the restaurant either. Not only is there a bar, but it also has an organic grocery store. Sourced from the most environmentally responsible suppliers possible, with the vast majority of the vegetables hailing from a small organic farm in Tadcaster, Eat Your Greens certainly practises what it preaches.
Eat Your Greens, 42 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.Cover image: © Copyright Leeds-List 2018 by Corvin Pamp.