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Tapas Scene Thrives in Leeds

21 May 2015
Tapas Scene Thrives in Leeds
Leeds City Centre is a great destination for any tapas lover. With a wide selection of venues offering everything from South American tapas to Basque-style pinxtos to Middle Eastern light bites, there's something in Leeds to suit all tastes. If you're after some tasty nibbles to go with your drink or a full-on tapas feast, to save you quality time this weekend we've put together a selection of new and old tapas venues, sure to leave you feeling both full and impressed.

La Rambla for Traditional Authentic Tapas

Although only a recent addition to the tapas scene in Leeds, La Rambla has managed to make its mark already. Named after the famous tourist hotspot in Barcelona, here you will be able to taste traditional Spanish tapas at its very best. With welcoming Spanish waiters and the restaurant’s rustic authentic atmosphere, La Rambla will have you questioning whether you've really just walked off the streets of Leeds. Serving an excellent selection of dishes including homemade options, La Rambla have brought a piece of Spain to East Parade...and it's a tasty one.

Ambiente Tapas for Tapas with a Yorkshire Twist

Calling all Yorkshire folk! If you're looking for Tapas with a touch of home, then this one's for you. Former warehouse turned restaurant, Ambiente Tapas, offers an array of beautifully presented Mediterranean tapas dishes. With its relaxed atmosphere and an ideal location overlooking the River Aire, Ambiente's balcony is sure to be a hot spot come summer. With the likes of Estrella beer battered calamare and battered honey drizzled goat’s cheese occupying the menu, as well as Yorkshire Sausage Meat and Spanish Black Pudding providing a local twist, you're in for a delicious night at Ambiente. With restaurants only in Leeds and York, this is surely one of Yorkshire's finest tapas gems.

Pintura for Authentic Basque Cuisine with Modern Flavours

Spanish for 'work of art', Pintura takes its inspiration from the pintxos bars of San Sebastian to offer the people of Leeds traditional basque cuisine with modern flavour combinations. Surrounded by the shops of Trinity, this is the perfect destination for a pre-shopping brunch or a post-shopping dinner to top off your day. Offering flavoursome tapas dishes including a basque-style runny omelette and basque-style cheese croquettes, as well as their daily specials in which they use the freshest fish and vegetables from the market, the finest aged Galician beef and seasonal game from the Basque country itself, I can guarantee you'll be leaving Pintura fully satisfied. Just thank us later. Gin lovers you'll also be in heaven with Pintura's very own Gin Bar with a list to impress even the craziest of gin fans.

Bilbao for Basque Style Pinxtos & Tapas

Named after the Northern Spanish town and an area populated with pinxtos bars, Bilbao brings a touch of Spain to Granary Wharf. Using only the best local and imported ingredients to create delicious tapas treats including traditional Spanish omelette, Galician style octopus and basque-style rump steak, as well as offering a carefully selected collection of quality cocktails, wines, beers and sherries, Bilbao is the perfect place to socialise. If you want a night of great atmosphere and good quality food, to stop by for a quick bite to eat, this place is for you; or you might prefer to enjoy this basque inspired food from the comfort of your own home, with their express and takeaway menus. The choice is yours.

Azúcar Bar for South American Inspired Tapas

With its attractive and authentic dark décor with wooden chairs, benches and comfy sofa style seating, Azúcar Bar has a relaxing, laid back vibe and is the perfect place to let your hair down. Offering South American style tapas including delicious homemade options, Azúcar Bar provides tasty tapas at affordable prices to suit meat eaters, fish lovers and vegetarians alike. Located in Brewery Wharf, the outside seating also makes it the ideal spot to catch some rays whilst waiting for your food. With a range of tequilas and rums available, a fun-filled night is guaranteed at Azúcar Bar.

Sandinista for 'Rock 'n' Roll and Food for the Soul'

If you're looking for a fun and vibrant atmosphere then Sandinista won’t disappoint. A popular spot for drinking and dancing the night away but as well as the fine selection of beers, wines and delicious cocktails they have on offer, Sandinista also serves Latin-inspired tapas and just like their atmosphere, it won't let you down. With a food menu containing only fresh ingredients and one which focuses on simplicity and sharing, this is the ideal place to come with friends. With popular options such as nachos and chicken wings amongst the more traditional paella, tortilla, smoked sausage and prawn jambalaya and delicious desserts including Spanish donuts, there is something to suit all palettes at Sandinista. Don't forget to wash it all down with one of their exotic cocktails.

Distrikt For Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Tapas in a Unique Setting

Fancy eating high quality tapas dishes in a cool underground bar? Then say hello to Distrikt. A place unlike any other, this stylish bar in the heart of Leeds city centre offers a range of freshly made Middle Eastern and Mediterranean style tapas prepared for you by award winning chefs. From spiced lamb kofta and chorizo to roasted goats cheese and fig wrapped in serrano ham, the food will have your mouth watering way before you've even ordered. To accompany your tapas style bites, take your pick from their range of tasty classic and contemporary cocktails and wines, beers and sherries. With talented djs providing great music, Distrikt will provide an entertaining and exciting evening.

Can't decide? Why not create your own tapas route and have a selection from each?

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Hannah is head of Retail Therapy and Health and Beauty at Leeds Living. She is an English Language Graduate with a penchant for all things fashion and beauty.