There's nothing more exciting than catching up with your old school friends, reliving the past, gossiping about old school mates and sharing the latest scandals we've seen play out on Facebook.
The only thing that can sometimes be a challenge is finding somewhere that everyone will love (that isn't pizza. I love pizza but sometimes it's nice to have a change).
I've visited Cielo Blanco before but never blogged about it, it was around the time it opened but sometimes life gets too hectic to blog about everywhere I eat. For those who are not already accustomed to their ways Cielo Blanco is a Mexian restaurant situated in Trinity Leeds, it's owned by Leelex Ltd which own a host of other places in Leeds such as Neon Cactus, Jake's Bar and Oporto amongst others. The menu is more concentrated around their small plates, or Mexican style tapas, or in their words 'street food'. There are bigger plates too where you can order your typical burrito, enchilada or even a superfood salad.
Each time I've visited we've opted for the 'streetfood experience' which is advertised as 6 dishes between 2 people and each additional person opting in can select 3 more dishes, so basically 3 dishes per person - which feels like a much simpler way to put it.
There are usually more than one part to each of the dishes, for example 4 tacos, so we each chose our 3 dishes and then do a bit of mix and matching when it arrives to get a bit more variety.
|Chicken Tinga, coriander, slaw and taco shop guac (taco)|
|Slow cooked cured pork shredded with refried beans (Tostada)|
My second option, Pork Tostada, a little different to what I was expecting, it tasted more like ham hock and was fairly salty.
|Braised Salt Beef & Casabel Flautas|
|Chorizo Potato and Ranchera Salsa Tostada|
|Smokey Chicken and Roasted Sweetcorn Quesadilla|
|Sweet Potato Fries (added extra)|
|Home made Stuffed Jalapeños|
|Spicy Roots Feta and Pumpkin seeds|
Cielo offer a range of tequila based cocktails, more than your regular tequila sunrise or long island ice tea. My particular favourite is the strawberry and kiwi margarita, the tequila isn't over powering and it's almost like fruit juice over ice, which could potentially be quite deadly.
If tequila isn't your thing, even in the smallest of quantities, and Cielo's most ingenious ways of hiding its powerful punch just aren't cutting it for you, there are regular cocktails to chose from such as daiquiris and mojitos.
Situated in Trinity Cielo Blanco pulls in the punters and it is frequently very busy from lunch until late. Bookings are not taken unless you're a large group and then none at all on a Saturday, it's basically a rock up and hedge your bets type of place. We arrived around 7.30pm on a Saturday night, luckily there was no queue but we still had to wait for 15-20 minutes or so in the 'bar' area. I use this term loosely as there is no bar just a beach bar where you receive table service.
When we were finally seated we were shown to the 'outside area', another term I use loosely as you're essentially outside the restaurant and although your head is covered there is also a large gap between ceiling and outer wall. In the summer months this can be quite nice as you get the breeze wafting through and it all feels just a little more 'exotic'. However, this is England and more often than not it's cold and windy, thus patio heaters are provided. Which is great if you're sat under one, which we were not. I had to put my coat back on and our food was cold by the end of the meal.
As far as Mexican food goes, for me it's not the best in Leeds. The best I've had has either been in it's little/big sister joint on Call Lane, Neon Cactus or it's unrelated competitor in Chapel Allerton, Pinche Pinche.