House of Fu, Leeds: ‘I dip my spoon in, slowly sinking into this hot bath’.

It was the depth of winter. February 2018. Fu-Schnikens, renowned for their steamed buns, hosted a ramen night as a prerequisite for what was to come. The teaser we all wanted. A new restaurant was on the horizon for Leeds. Over three years, the name House of Fu was born, with more taster nights, anticipiation …

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Hern, Leeds: ‘A chorus of small plates started flying out of the kitchen’.

"This place doesn't have an address," were the words uttered as we got out the Uber. "Right, where are we going then?" It wasn't long before we stumbled upon the restaurant on Stainbeck Corner, despite not being able to find the postcode anywhere (it's now on their social media). It was a Friday night and …

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Levan, Peckham: ‘I’m still thinking about those Comté fries’.

I've wanted to go to Levan for a while. Since November 2018 to be exact, after I read food critic, Jimi Famurewa's, restaurant review in ES Magazine. Amongst many other reasons to go, the absolute clincher was the sound of the famous Comté fries. My eagerness reached new levels as soon as I was back …

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Lupe’s Cantina Mexicana, Leeds: ‘A true hidden gem’.

Lupe's Cantina Mexicana is the ultimate destination restaurant, in my opinion. Situated on Cardigan Road, with cars racing past and a Milfords next door, the tiny, bright yellow family-run restaurant is a true hidden gem. It serves the most incredible Mexican food in Leeds (traditional family recipes from the Head Chef who was born and …

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Ox Club, Leeds: ‘I was back and we were going all out’.

You never forget your first Ox Club. It was back in 2015 when Headrow House (sister venue to Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen and more recently, Water Lane Boathouse) had just opened. Within its exposed brickwork walls, was a beer hall, cocktail bar, events space, two rooftops and a soon to open restaurant; Ox Club. To …

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The Reliance, Leeds: ‘If there’s no photo, did it even happen?’

Do you take photos of your food at restaurants? I do. It’s so embarrassing, isn’t it? Frankly, it’s no wonder that Michel Roux recently declared his decision to ban diners from taking photos of their food at his three Michelin starred restaurant, The Waterside Inn in Berkshire. When I visit a restaurant where the food …

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