Granary Wharf has fast become one of the city centre’s best food and drink destinations over recent years, and the arrival of tapas joint La Casita has only made it better.
Sitting pretty just opposite the Hilton Doubletree, La Casita’s third restaurant is a beautiful space that takes inspiration from the late great Salvador Dali with paintings and pictures of the artist featured throughout its warm, inviting interior.
We attended the recent launch, where a selection of delicious tapas dishes and beautiful cocktails showcased just what this place is made of. Highlights for us included the moreish Chorizo Popcorn and the Carpaccio de pulpo, which was made up of sliced octopus, sweet tomato and a lime dressing.
Any tapas bar worth its weight in gold should have a fine selection of cured meats, and La Casita has gone all out to provide customers with the very best charcuterie you’ll find outside of Spain. The freshly sliced Jamon Iberico and Jamon Serrano Reserve available at the preview night were to die for, and can be enjoyed as small plates or as part of a mixed platter.
And, while La Casita may be a chain with existing restaurants in Horsforth, Ilkley and Boston Spa, it has managed to maintain an independent spirit, with each restaurant given its own unique menu and personality. The Leeds restaurant has teamed up with one of our favourite coffee shops, North Star Coffee Roasters, to create possibly the finest Espresso Martini menu you’ll ever see.
We tried the excellent Bailey’s Espresso Martini, which is set to become a favourite over the festive season, as well as the incredible Chocolate Orange version which was a personal winner for us. We will be returning to La Casita over the coming weeks for a full review, but in the meantime, we recommend you go check these guys out.
La Casita Leeds, Arch U Granary Wharf, Dark Neville Street, LS1 4BR.