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.
2018 has been a breakout year for Leeds chef Matt Healy. The 2016 MasterChef: The Professionals runner-up opened his first restaurant The Foundry back in May and now hot on its heels – he’s opened Grön Kafe in Oakwood. Inspired by Scandinavian food, the cafe focuses on clean, healthy eating.
Grön means green in Swedish, so there’s a focus on plant-based dishes, from vegan pancakes with yogurt and berries at breakfast to the warm falafel salad with sun-blush tomatoes, feta, seeds and nuts at lunchtime. There are a few meat dishes to keep everyone happy too, in particular the tasting platter, a glorious mixture of toast, ‘nduja sausage, houmous, crunchy vegetables, smoked salmon and Danish cheese.
Grön Kafe, 454 Roundhay Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.
It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. The Ivy Victoria Quarter has opened in Leeds, bringing 100 years of glamour and tradition from the flagship Covent Garden restaurant up north. Think relaxed all-day dining with a distinctive decor. From colourful chairs to the chequered marble flooring and eclectic art collection, this is beautifully organised chaos.
As for the food, the menu will take you from dawn till dusk. Start the day with eggs all ways, granola or their avocado, tomato and sesame special, before swapping over to the all-day menu, which features The Ivy’s iconic shepherd’s pie and those delicious Miso-coated chicken breasts. Pair your dish with the perfect serve G&Ts or cocktails for a refreshing accompaniment.
The Ivy Victoria Quarter, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BB.
Passing Pudsey? Now you can get Transatlantic tastes every day, as Feed is bringing the spirit of New York across the pond. The latest addition to the Vice and Virtue family, this laid-back eatery is the new go-to for unpretentious fine dining in West Leeds.
Hipster coffees? Tick. There’s tumeric lattes and charcoal brews on the menu. Craft ales? Tick. How does Brooklyn Summer Ale and London Fields’ Three Weiss Monkeys sound? Refined food? Tick. Small, tasty dishes are the order of the day here. There’s a rotating menu with everything from crab tartine with bisque butter and soft herb salad to cheeseburger spring rolls or umami flank steak with pickled kohlrabi and dry roasted nuts. The food may be small, but the flavours are big, bold and delicious.
Feed, 163 Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6AA.
Anyone fancy traditional Indian street food? Head to the Merrion Centre, where you’ll find Nukkad, a brand new food stall selling samosas, chaats and dosas to eat on the go. Their name means ‘street corner’ in Hindi, and that’s exactly where the recipes come from, although they’re all closely-guarded family secrets.
Owners Abhi Kurana and Amol Kapote tested the waters last year with a street food van in York – the rave reviews convinced them to open here, and you’ll be glad they did. There’s something delicious for everyone, with crispy fried dahi puri, pancake dosas and Kathi rolls (a type of Indian flatbread wrap) starting from just £2. Pile on the spiced chicken or chickpea curry, grab a mango lassi and enjoy.
Nukkad, Merrion Centre, Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG.
The Maven Restaurant
For seven years, The Maven has been one of Leeds’ most popular cocktails bars. But now they’re branching out with the launch of their new restaurant, which is tucked away upstairs on their second floor. They’ve kept the Prohibition-era vibe, with oil paintings and even a large stuffed bear, but added more natural light and comfy seating to make it somewhere you can while away a few hours.
As for the food, owner Nino Lopes has drawn on his travels and Portuguese family heritage to put together a delectable menu of globally-inspired small plates. Think steamed seafood cataplana, Merguez sausage with butter bean broth and even roasted duck breast, paired with olives, charred spring onions and a rich Madeira sauce poured over the top. To wash it down, there’s a menu of exclusive wines and cocktails, including the Zombie King, a Walking Dead-inspired rum cocktail served in a skull glass.
The Maven Restaurant, 1 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DH.