Review: Power, Corruption & Lies – A Call Lane Venue

Power, Corruption & Lies is the latest bar to be added to the Leeds Akito Bar Group family, which also includes Oporto, Knaves Kitchen, Jake’s Bar & Still Room and Neon Cactus.  

This cool new venue on Call Lane, which recently opened its doors to punters, offers an eclectic selection of cocktails, wines and sake alongside a cleverly put together food menu of Pan-Asian small plates. With music also being played late into the night, Power, Corruption and Lies is sure to become a go-to venue in Leeds.

Customers are greeted with minimal decor, a perfect complement to the original features of this space and allowing prominence to the 40 ft bar.

The menu, developed by Harley Ali, Akito’s Executive Chef, offers a selection of bar snacks, sharing plates and a delicious array of Dim Sum and Bao bunsThe food, although Asian inspired, is locally sourced, helping to support the local community….. and just for January 2020, there’s an offer of 50% off food, except on Saturdays.

Leeds Living was invited to try a selection of the dishes on offer.  On arrival, iced sake was served alongside a few tasty and tempting Asian nibbles.  Up next was a generous supply of small plates.  Here are some of the dishes to look out for:

The pork bao bun. This dish is simply divine. The meat is sweet and crispy whilst the bun is soft and moreish.

The steak tartare. The dish is beautifully presented (perfect for your Instagram story), and the frozen butter is a fabulous finishing touch.

The Karaage chicken. This dish is mind-blowingly tasty and destined to be a favourite. The chicken was delicious and just melted in the mouth.  It’s easy to see why this one will become one of the reasons to visit the restaurant for all those who love Asian-fusion food.

The name of the venue may seem unusual, but it demonstrates the Akito Group’s love of disco, since the bar is named after New Order’s 1983 album, ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’. Alongside the food, the bar will also offer late night DJs who will play music from across the decades.

‘Innovative cocktails, handpicked wines and sakes, and Pan-Asian small plates – an unpretentious, ambitious and quality place to eat, drink and dance.’

Power, Corruption & Lies is open 7 days a week from 12PM until 2AM (3AM at weekends). Reservations and enquiries can be made by calling 0113 4300 144.


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Gemma Bridge

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Gemma, a PhD student at Leeds Beckett University, has been writing for over 6 years, and loves to share what’s going on in and around Leeds. She is also an international athlete, artist and creator of Leeds Food Guide. You can find her on Instagram at: @GLB_racewalk, @GLB_creations or @LeedsFoodGuide

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