Come Dine With Me

By September 30, 2015Features-Leeds
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As Leeds city centre’s culinary scene continues to thrive, JLife takes a look at its newest additions, as well as what’s in the pipeline.


Revolución de Cuba

More and more, unique cultures are spearheading the inspiration behind Leeds’ dining offering – and Revolución de Cuba, with its fusion of flavours from Spain, Mexico, and South America, is certainly no exception.


The Latin American rum bar and restaurant, which already boasts bustling locations in Manchester and Sheffield, is set to launch at the former Baracoa Luxe Bar site in the coming months.


The national chain is renowned for its extensive cocktail menu, packed with both classic and contemporary rum creations. Also giving the city a new lease of life will be its eclectic entertainment and authentic servings of food. Locals will be revelling in the fiesta-like atmosphere in no time!




The Alchemist

Featuring a heated wrap-around terrace and stunning views of the city centre, it’s no surprise that The Alchemist attracts a regular raft of clientele to its Trinity Leeds base. And hot on the heels of its popularity, the establishment is rolling out a brand new branch on Greek Street.


The Alchemist – which also currently has bars in Manchester and London – is the ideal haunt for cocktail-lovers, specialising in a broad spectrum of innovative, hand-crafted choices.


Open for breakfast at weekends, as well as lunch, dinner, and into the early hours of the morning, the hotspot will be an all-day haven. Expect the food menu to encompass The Alchemist favourites, such as the sticky beef salad and the special fried chicken in a basket.





Frequent visitors to Trinity Leeds may have noticed an exciting new addition to the vicinity – the bar and restaurant, Pintura. Inspired by the food-crazed Basque culture, and specifically, the San Sebastian region, the eatery combines traditional recipes and artisan ingredients with bold and modern flavours.


The impressive site is the brainchild of the people behind Cielo Blanco, Jake’s Bar, and Neon Cactus, and stretches out over four floors. Despite its sheer size, nothing is hidden from view; all the dishes and drinks are proudly prepared and displayed before your eyes.


The concept of Pintura first emerged after Ged Feltham became aware of the vacant space, and motivated to recreate his summers in San Sebastian, teamed up with head chef Greg who brings his own experience cooking across Donostia. As a result, there are plenty of delicious delicacies to sample.





After acquiring a setting close to the Corn Exchange and opening its doors for business just a matter of months ago, Pieminister has been presenting British baking at its best. The launch marks the family-run company’s 10th outing and is the furthest North from its origins in Bristol.


Made in-house using delicious ingredients encased in two unique pastries, there are a range of pie fillings to whet your appetite, from classic favourites to healthy versions. As well as that, the line-up boasts hot pots, salads, and other snacks, with extras like courgette fritters and cider-battered onion rings on offer too. The added bonus of craft beers, cocktails, and music make it an alluring destination for an evening out in the city.




As November officially marks World Vegan Month, why not try JLife’s pick of Leeds-based restaurants dedicated to the lifestyle?



Serving up vegetarian Gujarati cuisine in Leeds for years, Hansa’s has a wide range of vegan food options and substitutions for you to choose from, including its popular specialties and vegetable curries.




2 Oxford Place

In addition to operating a gluten-free service, an impressive vegan menu is also available at the eatery. Diners will especially enjoy the falafel salad and aubergine curry, and you won’t be able to resist the plethora of side offerings.





Conveniently placed within the Corn Exchange, Yorkshire’s first dedicated hummus and pita Bar opened in September 2014, having started life as a street food vendor on Briggate Farmers Market.