The start of June brings the new serving of Trinity Kitchen independent food traders. We went along to check them out.
There’s a lot of variety offered by this season’s traders so it was tricky to know where to start. After a lot of debate we settled on the Luxury Diner. The Luxury Diner does what it says on the tin, offering ‘ritzy street food to make you feel money, honey.’ We went for the Korean with a pork sausage topped with spicy kimchi, house mayonnaise and coriander.
All the Diner’s options come with a choice of free-range pork sausage or organic tofu. The Korean was delicious and well presented, the spicy kimchi and mayo elevating the simple hotdog to luxury standard. Unable to resist, we also tried the Chilli Cheese Dog with a tofu sausage topped with chilli, house cheese sauce, sour cream, hot sauce and tortilla chips. The luxury touch was clear here: the hotdog was beautifully presented and the flavour combination of the chilli and tofu worked well together. To accompany our dogs we had the truffle fries as a side. The fries are served with truffle oil, rosemary and Parmesan and were a tasty addition to the main event, though could also be big enough to serve as a small lunch. The service was also excellent, something which can be hard to show off in such a fast service environment. Zoe was so friendly and couldn’t do enough to help us with our decision.
We also sampled food from Wanderer Junk Food. Wanderer has to be the first place to head to in Leeds if you’re vegan but even if you’re not tempted by a vegan diet, the food here is so tasty you could easily find yourself choosing plants over meat. We tried the Cauffalo Po’boy, deep fried cauliflower pieces served on a hoagie roll. It was delicious; the cauliflower was crispy and excellently complemented by the hot sauce. Wanderer is doing a double shift in Trinity and will be around until September so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try a number of things on their frequently changing menu.
After that, we were ready to tackle dessert. Thai Khrim is back by popular demand for another month in the Kitchen. There’s no need for any of the serving team to hit the gym after a session of handcrafting the desserts. Each ice cream is painstakingly hand-rolled in front of your eyes and you can really play with the flavour combinations. We tried a classic chocolate with flake mixed in, topped with strawberries and a Thai blend of mango and coconut topped with a flake. The Thai was my favourite out of the two, a refreshing end to our meal. Although the ice creams seem a little pricey at £5, they are worth it, as the portion size is very big and you can choose from an unlimited number of toppings after your ice cream is rolled.
If you want to wash down your meal with a glass of fizz, Vincenzo the Prosecco Man is also staying at Trinity Kitchen, offering sophisticated pimped prosecco. Flavours on offer include elderflower, blueberry and lemon.
Although we didn’t have the chance to try out Burger and Lobster, the Loaded Lobster looked fantastic and a great option for surf and turf fans.
Also on offer this month is Jenny’s Jerk Chicken, a longstanding Kirkgate market favourite for very good reason.
Jah Jyot’s Punjabi street food also returns this month. Check out Stan Graham’s review for more.
Esther is a contributor for Leeds Living, covering events all across the City, on topics such as eat/drink, retail therapy and culture.