Bundobust, Leeds

August 6, 2014
Bundobust, Indian beer cafe, Mill Hill, Leeds

One word review, please Astonishing. Well, that’s decisive, at least … care to expand? Well, there are few things in life more certain than being disappointed by an over-hyped, over-played and over-done restaurant. It happens all the time – a new place opens, everybody gets all excited about it, but it turns out to be […]

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Prison food never tasted so good – Underground, with We, the Animals

July 14, 2013
A review of the Underground pop-up restaurant at Leeds Town Hall, by We, the Animals.

The bright, white paint on the walls was cleaner, and the lighting perhaps a little softer, than it might have been in the past, but this was definitely a prison cell, a prison cell transformed for one weekend only into a pop-up restaurant by the food collective We, the Animals. It was a strange evening right […]

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Zucco, Meanwood, Leeds

May 22, 2013
Zucco Italian restaurant, Meanwood, leeds

I try not to write anything about absolutely brand new restaurants, because opening a restaurant is hard, demanding, and things often go wrong, especially in the very early days. Fantastic dining experiences don’t just spring into being – getting a plate of food from kitchen to table is a very long and expensive journey, and […]

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Red’s True Barbecue, Leeds

April 4, 2013
Red's True Barbecue - slow cooked meat in the heart of Leeds.

When did slow-cooked barbecued ribs become the unofficial signature dish for the whole of Leeds? I don’t know, but I’m not complaining, and even though I exaggerate slightly, there do seem to be loads of rib joints springing up all over the city. This one, Red’s True Barbecue, is the current, undisputed leader of the […]

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Prashad Indian vegetarian restaurant, Bradford-Leeds

January 30, 2013
Prashad vegetarian Indian restaurant, Bradford and Leeds, Yorkshire

Prashad has had a lot of hype. I approach hype with a healthy amount of scepticism. I’m good at scepticism – it’s a speciality – and the world of food is littered with things that don’t quite live up to the mark, that aren’t quite as good as they claim to be. For every stellar […]

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Mrs Atha’s coffee shop, Leeds

November 10, 2012
Mrs Atha's independent coffee shop, Leeds

From absolutely nothing a few years ago, Leeds is now littered with top-rate independent coffee shops. The latest one is Mrs Atha’s a quirky little place on that odd, desolate feeling pedestrianised road behind House of Fraser. They’re springing up all over the place, these indies, to such an extent that it’s possible to say […]

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