The boys are back in town…
Do you like excellent coffee? Passionate about craft beer? Maybe you’re more of a cocktail person? Are you a devout member of the Sunday roast gang? Or is it small plates with the flourishes of fine dining that gets you going?
If any of the above resonates with you, you might want to continue reading about the coolest restaurant to open up in the city centre recently.
The Feed gang are back. Following the resounding success of their Pudsey-based restaurant, they’ve opened their doors on New Briggate . This isn’t your typical restaurant, which probably accounts for the large fan-base that the original Feed has accrued in the relatively short amount of time they have been open for business.
We were invited along for a sneak-peak and tasting session before the official opening, and it’s not like us to turn down an offer like that is it?
The place itself is effortlessly cool. Dark walls, mismatched colourful seating and botanical accents are offset by huge neon signs dotted around. It’s not often that you get seated at a restaurant and are immediately met with a turbo shandy.
But like I said, this isn’t your average restaurant. This was the drinks pairing to a Feed staple – their (in)famous cheeseburger spring rolls. I have to confess, this isn’t my first time eating these and won’t be my last. They are naughty, moreish and a perfect example of how the guys at Feed like to push the boundaries of what people expect to see on a menu.
The next course was a new creation – Tomato Tonato. A vegan twist on the not so vegan Vitello Tonato made with cold sliced veal. Layers of tomato covering a sauce of Ago Blanco and capers, finished with a heavy hit of strawberry powder. It’s one of those dishes on a menu that I wouldn’t typically go for but it was outrageously good. This was also perfectly paired with a piquante margarita; spicy, salty and sweet.
Next up was duck liver parfait. Sounds pretty standard I hear you say… but Feed don’t really do standard. Served with orange marmalade and coated with chopped nuts, chives and rice krispies, this is unlike any parfait you have seen or tasted before. The silky smooth parfait is brought to life by the textures of the crazy toppings and the sweet marmalade is matched brilliantly with the Hive honey beer served on the side. Another banging dish.
Now crispy pigs head might not be for everyone… but for the meat eaters of Leeds this is a must try. It’s essentially two meat-bombs encased in a golden crust, finished with radishes and pickles. A heavy, rich dish like this needs a red wine with plenty of character. Dead Man’s Dice Malbec does the job here – think cherry and plum aroma with a chocolatey sweet tobacco finish.
The final course was a win for me given that I tend to enjoy a boozy dessert. I was treated to a sticky slab of rye parkin with Yorkshire Tea caramel and jacket potato ice cream (don’t judge – you need this in your life) paired with an espresso martini.
Jono Hawthorne and Luke Downing are the duo responsible for making this hipster-haven reality. They describe their food as ‘playful anti fine dining’ (shhh – it is fine dining, but just more accessible). Feed is a celebration of good food and creativity with none of the stuffy formality that some establishments are hindered by.
Do yourself a favour. Make a booking, leave your preconceptions at the door, and prepare to be impressed. I certainly was.
72 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU
T 0113 345 0202