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#25 Fine dining at Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Brasserie and Bar

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The Fourth Floor Brasserie and Bar at Harvey Nichols Leeds is something of beauty and charm. Expect fine dining in super cool contemporary surroundings with a selection of small plates that are served and decorated in style with taste that will simply not disappoint.
Capturing the seasonal feel and cooking with local ingredients is always a recipe to success and tonight we were getting exactly that. The food here is top end and it can’t be without question that Harvey Nichols is putting just as much thought into their food as they are their fashion.


The small plates from their bar menu are reasonably priced (expect £6 – £8 per dish from the kitchen with snacks and desserts a little less) and cover a range of flavours and tastes. For example some of the dishes we were trying this evening included a cured salmon with avocado mousse, beetroot and horseradish to a picture-perfect pork belly, guacamole lime and crispy shallots to the super rich and almost heavenly pecan chocolate brownie…

#24 Visiting the Midnight Bell – A Leeds Brewery gastro pub serving up British classics in the heart of Leeds South Bank.

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It was around 5.30pm when I stepped off the train last week - immediately greeted by Leeds usual charm – the platforms were busy as people gathered whilst others piled off trains to head out for the evening. I walked away from the crowds and the station and onto the building frenzy that is becoming the newly developed South Bank. Its an exciting time for Leeds to see this part of the city flourish with a buzz of things to come. Tonight I was heading to the heart of this newly developing urban village where old meets new. Industrial times are well remembered in these parts and buildings not being built keep a firm grip on how Leeds once was. One such place and where I was heading this evening was gastro pub and Leeds Brewery owned, the Midnight Bell. With a contemporary feel set alongside traditional brickwork and wooden beams – Leeds Brewery have done an excellent job in making the Midnight Bell a place to stop by, have a pint and enjoy well cooked food. Guest ales, bitters and bottl…

#23 Live Life More Italian - with a visit to the new city centre LIVINItaly Dough House

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LIVINItaly has long been seen as Leeds go to authentic independent Italian for those craving the best in pizza dough and that easy laid back Mediterranean atmosphere we all crave. In fact, LIVINItaly on Granary Wharf is almost its own little Italy with a sun trap which on the right day could have you believe you were in down town Rome or the Venice canals. Ok – I maybe getting ahead of myself rethinking Leeds has somehow transformed into our continental cousin but one thing is for certain - LIVINItaly does things really well – from their fresh food to brown bottled imported ales – it is hard not to be impressed with their stamp of authentic Italy firmly on Yorkshire. As if this slice of heaven on Granary Wharf wasn’t enough, the family behind LIVINItaly have opened up Leeds city centre Dough House. Located on Cloth Hall Street near to the corn exchange, Dough House is ultra chic, super trendy and typically Italian.


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#22 Making a big deal out of small plates – simply put, Black Market are serving up flavours which are unquestionably some of the best in our region.

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Write up by Paul @fatfoodclub

We headed down last Saturday to meet owners head chef John, business manager Justina and their four-month-old Black Market restaurant. Taking on a grade 2 listed renovation challenge and being told the job would be complete in 12 weeks, it wasn’t until September last year and six agonising months later when the first guests to Black Market arrived through the door. The wait had been worth it - Black Market is small, bright, modern, chic and every other word imaginable to describe a cool and trendy independent eatery in the heart of Chapel Allerton, Leeds. The look and feel tick every box, but it is the food which makes Black Market stand out as one of the most exciting places we have visited in a long time.


Without labelling its food, John and Justina are open about what they want Black Market to achieve. They are humble about its early success. They are taking small steps each day and appreciate every success which comes their way. ‘We didn’t want to l…