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Simon Fogal gets his feet under the table to bring a round up of the latest arrivals on the Leeds food scene and the places well worth a visit.


Following its success in Harrogate, the Michelin recommended modern gastro pub, Three’s A Crowd, has just opened its doors in the heart of Leeds city centre.

Taking over the city’s much-loved The Reliance as its second Yorkshire location, diners can expect an exciting new menu inspired by its location, locally sourced food that is bursting with quality, a premium wine list and a friendly atmosphere. Based on North Street and spread over two floors, the new Three’s A Crowd venue will seat up to 82 diners and in a homage to its roots will also continue to serve The Reliance Blonde ale on tap.


Just like burgers, pizza is hot news in Leeds at the moment and there’s no shortage of options. With Rudy’s taking over vacant properties around the suburbs and about to open their third Leeds site in Headingley, another one of our favourites, Home Boys are also making a big noise with their genius sourdough pizzas and their air Detroit style slices. After a series of pop-up events and dark kitchens around the city, the team are about to expand further with their arrival at Rolands Bar in Harrogate from March.


The search is on for Leeds’ best Sunday roast and there’s one restaurant we think may be leading the way. Stuzzi have played with our heartstrings for a while now but having recently launched a Sunday menu at both their Leeds and Harrogate joints, we can confirm it’s the stuff of legends. Think truffle taleggio cauliflower alongside sublime Yorkshire’s and beef served with a horseradish tortelli and red wine and osso bucco gravy. What more can we say?


Leeds is currently turning up the heat with some incredible curry houses. From De Baga in Chapel Allerton and Headingley to a strong Indian street food scene where Bundobust and Manjit’s Kitchen are leading the way, the city has no shortage of quality venues. The latest arrival to catch our eye is Dastaan in Adel which is a place big on vibe, space and flavours. Check out the lobster and prawn dosa and the duck and guinea fowl Seekh Kebab which were particularly stand-out.


Over the past year Leeds has really become a foodie pop-up central and now there’s another new kid on the block. This time we are getting a modern Filipino fusion cuisine which is brought to us by the Dijon Boys, who are about to showcase their love for food cultures around the world even further. Chef Niko Lachica, born in the Philippines is keen to bring a modern twist on this style of cuisine, so it’s all about using fresh ingredients and passion. Keep your eyes peeled for their arrival across the city.


Jumping very quickly into the vacated site left by Kula Lumpa on Town Street, Horsforth comes MyMakan – another Malaysian restaurant which is well worth a visit. Whilst this is a global brand entering into the UK for the first time, they’ve created a very homely and authentic feel and the service is spot on. Expect a delicious menu of around 40 dishes with the Nasi Lemak and Rendang coming highly recommended and a cocktail list that won’t disappoint.

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