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…According to Charlotte, blogger at Crunch Corner.
Charlotte says: With Leeds being the northern powerhouse, it’s no surprise that it’s home to one of the UK’s best cities to dine in.
As a food and lifestyle blogger who loves to talk about great food, enjoys cooking, and most importantly, takes the ultimate pleasure in eating it, I’m thrilled to be sharing with you some of my absolute go-to places.
Whether its fine dining or street food, tapas or sushi, Greek or British fusion, the food scene in Leeds is abundant with tastes and styles… our northern coordinates will have your hunger covered.
Bustling with far more than 300 restaurants, it’s almost a full-time job taste
testing your way through Leeds. With seasonal menu changes, revamps, and new additions joining the food block, Leeds just simply can’t stand still, with its ever-changing taste and atmosphere for those folks that really love a good meal out.
The hungry appetite can find comfort in well-established chains, up and coming independents, and temporary pop-up stores. The ultimate food journey begins in Leeds.
Yet with so many scrumptious places to choose from, picking where to go isn’t always as easy as it sounds. So, from one kindred foodie spirit to another, a nod in the right direction is sometimes all that is needed.
Located close to Horsforth in Cookridge, Gusto is the ultimate dining experience providing the humbling tastes of Italy. Food here is sourced as local as can be, served to an immaculate standard, with dishes that taste delightful as a result of well-planned and depth of flavours. And what’s key for me, all of this is achieved, tope quality, without compromising on quantity.
The wine and cocktail menu is second to none, a selection that will leave any thirst at the door.
At Gusto, you’re greeted with a warm welcome, looked after attentively throughout the evening, and a friendly nod of goodbye, until the next time.
If it’s a Chinese feast you are craving, look no further. Crown Buffet is king of all, serving up all the traditional dishes you could desire as and when you want it.
Having revamped a few years back, Crown Buffet works as a buffet where you order from the menu. Food is cooked upon request and is brought out to indulge in as soon as the dish is ready. with the opportunity to order endless amounts of times, as long as you can eat what you commit to, you can dine your way through up and down their menu.
Personal highlights for me are always the crispy chilli beef, shredded duck and pancakes (how could you not love this!), salt and pepper tofu, beef and black bean sauce. The list could go on and on and on.
For something a little more hip and funky, Leeds Club is the perfect eclectic set up for a dining experience of seasonal cuisine and molecular mixology. Themed around the story of a wacky professor, Benedict Pike, Leeds Club is a Victorian hideaway in one of city’s grand iconic Grade II listed buildings. For something special on the weekend too, enjoy a boozy brunch with a constant flow of prosecco and cocktails.
Imagine a never-ending supply of prime cuts of steak, rotisserie chicken, grilled gammon, tender lamb… sounds like a dream, right? Well dreams can come true, and in this case, goes by the name of Estabulo. For years this has been one of my favourite places to eat at, for the concept of Brazilian rodizio is too good to be true. Alongside the main meat attraction, a divine salad and snack bar serves up hot and cold dishes, from vegetables, bread, cheeses and cured meats. Vegetarian and fish options are available too.
Serving up lip-smacking tapas, La Casita is Horsforth’s answer to the best Spanish classics and contemporary dishes. You can’t beat an intimate setup, rustic furniture, whilst indulging in snack-able Mediterranean bites. With a richness and depth in flavour, La Casita’s tapas are beautiful in flavour, and provide comfort to the soul. On the last Sunday of every month too, with a select menu, diners can order unlimited tapas for a set price.
A hidden gem in Leeds. Yet once Il Forno is on your radar, this place is hard to forget. Just one word of advice, bookings are essential and, on that note, book quite some time in advance. Although Il Forno is a small restaurant in Horsforth, what they serve up are phenomenal Italian flavours and rather spectacular pizzas. If you’re looking for something wow, top recommendation is to order their 20-inch pizza, which of course is freshly baked in their wood fire oven. On a tiny table for two, a humongous pizza to share for two, on a cold and dark night, bliss.
Charlotte Corner is a food and lifestyle blogger from Crunch Corner. During her spare time, you can find Charlotte sipping on a cocktail, hiking, brewing a tea, or checking out where is new to eat in Leeds.