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5 New Openings You Need to Check Out STAT

· Emma Cooke · Food and Drink

Get yourself down to these brand new openings ASAP.

Rosa's Thai Cafe

From an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant to the capital’s favourite Thai eatery, be the first to try the city’s latest additions.

Need a feed? Want to try somewhere new? These five openings will do just the trick. There’s a little something for everyone here – you can dive into Italia-style tapas, crispy fried chicken or loaded pizza wraps, there’s even a new sushi joint for you to check out. The world is your oyster, just find yourself a dining partner.

Blue Sakura

Blue Sakura

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To make the most of a never-ending selection of sushi, head to Blue Sakura. It’s an all you can eat restaurant in a modern Japanese setting furnished with cherry blossom trees. You can choose from over 100 dishes, ranging from classic sushi to Asian grill staples, which you can order with a tablet at the table. Will it be salmon sashimi or chicken katsu? You’ll get two hours to tuck in and you can order up to five dishes at a time.

Blue Sakura, 2-3 Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT.

Yard and Coop

Yard and Coop, Leeds

Yard and Coop is the city’s newest fried chicken joint and it has a heaving menu of buttermilk chicken, brined for 24 hours, so the flavours soak through to the centre. Their DIY menu lets you create your ideal chicken fix. Load on everything from Dr Pepper BBQ sauce to chips smothered in chicken gravy. Late-night revellers can drink the craft beer and cocktails until 4am on weekends.

Yard and Coop, 6-8 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.

Union Square Bar & Kitchen

USC Craft Pizza Wrap, Union Square

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The people behind Simpatico have set up an NYC-inspired diner with a grab-and-go philosophy. It specialises in pizzas and burgers, with a few adventurous combos on the side. Try the Yorkshire pudding burger – it comes with beef, bacon and blue cheese sandwiched between two Yorkshire puds. Peckish in the am? The Breakfast Pizza Wrap is loaded with mozzarella and tomato flatbread. In the evening, it transforms into a lively nighttime venue with a great range of cocktails on offer.

Union Square Bar and Kitchen, Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG.

Rosa’s Thai Cafe

Rosa's Thai Cafe

Rosa’s Thai Cafe has over 10 restaurants in the capital, but now it’s landed in Trinity Leeds, bringing its fresh take on traditional Thai food with it. The menu covers classics like creamy Panang Curry and Pad Thai as well as unique feeds like Sticky Tamarind Chicken Wings and Thai Calamari. Why not wash it down with a creative cocktail? You can sip a Strawberry Thai Basil Mojito or even a Mango and Lychee Iced Tea.

Rosa’s Thai Cafe, Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre, 21 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.



Stuzzi is an Italian eatery that began life in Harrogate. You can dig into a vast array ‘stuzzicini’ small plates. Try the Lumaconi Pasta with braised lamb shoulder in a rosemary, garlic and anchovy crumb or the Venison and Salami Meatballs served in a spicy san marzano tomato sauce. Detail is key here. They use authentic Italian ingredients to create beautifully presented dishes in a luxurious setting – think grand arches and shelves lined with wine.

Stuzzi, 7 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.