Monday, 25 May 2015

Leeds Indie Food Festival - A photo blog round up

A festival born to showcase the independents in Leeds. I'm not sure they expected it to be as big as it was, it's been a busy fortnight on the Leeds food scene.

Here are my highlights from the fortnight that was.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Thai Edge - Leeds City Centre

Thai Edge has been open in Leeds for as long as I can remember. It's never really struck me as the place to go, no one really raves about it. That's until my housemate moved to Leeds and found out about their early bird two courses for £12 deal. Cue a birthday night for 17 people all trying to eagerly order food before 7pm. We told to rest assure by the waiter as he generously offered to let us order until 7.05pm. Very gratuitous.

Cocktails were ordered around the table, but I myself ordered a large bottle of Tiger to flex my masculinity. The Bellini's looked curious and rather than peach puree there appeared to be peach gel. That's new. It seemed to go down well with the Bellini drinkers.

The food menu is pages and pages long, goodness knows how anyone decides what they want to eat. Thankfully, I think, as we were dining on the early bird menu we were given a much smaller menu to chose from.

This resulted in most people ordering either chicken satay or spring rolls for starters. That would be exactly what D and I ordered.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Bar Soba - Leeds

Bar Soba opened a few weeks ago on the ever growing popular Merrion Street in the city centre. Bar Soba has travelled down from Scotland where they have four joints, this being their first in England. I always find it exciting when a well loved/famed establishment decides to make Leeds their second home and I was intrigued to see what the Scots had been eating that we hadn't.

Bar Soba describes itself as "An award winning Cocktail Bar & Restaurant, serving the finest pan Asian street food in Glasgow".

Friday, 8 May 2015

Pieminister - Leeds City Centre

For an update and more recent review of Pieminister see here. 

Love or loath the latest election results and the appointment of the new/old prime minister, I can guarantee that you will love Leeds' new  PIEMINISTER.

Okay, yeah I admit that was a bad joke.

Seriously though, Pieminister had already won my heart and vote before their doors had opened. Pie, chips and gravy. What more could a Yorkshirain want?

Peas. Yes, they do peas too.

Pork scratchings. You're just spoiling us now.

Wait, they brew their own beer too?

What took them so long to migrate north?!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Tiled Hall Cafe - Leeds

Tiled Hall Cafe is located in the previous reading room of Leeds library and connects both the library and Leeds art gallery in a grand building on the Headrow. When the extension of the Municipal Buildings was added in 1888 the room was transformed from a reading room to the 'Sculpture Gallery' for the newly added art gallery. In 1955 the Commercial and Technical library was moved to the tiled hall for expansion reasons. The ceilings and walls were then hidden from sight by false ceilings, panelling and book shelves. There it remained hidden for 50 years until in 1998 when the room was stripped of the 1950s plaster and the tiled hall was uncovered and brought back from it's grave. Sadly with its reveal it was found that much of the original tiles were damaged from the work carried out in the 1950s. The room was left almost unused for 8 years as restoration would prove costly. 

Thankfully in 2007 the room was restored when a £1.5 million refurbishment took place and the beautiful tiles, marble columns, gold detailed ceilings were brought back to life again. You will now find here a contemporary cafe and great place to eat from breakfast through to late lunch. 

If you fancy reading a bit more about The Tiled Hall's history and seeing some pictures I found a great source here. 

It's definitely one of Leeds' hidden gems.