Sunday, 6 November 2011

Saturday - Smartie & Dinner at Distrikt 9/10

Yesterday a good friend of ours came to visit, with an expectation of food, drink and good times!! I have know Smartie since early school days and it was great to have him about! On arrival he stated that he must return to Liverpool with a pork pie!! After some discussion, we decided that we would drive to Wilsons in Crossgates - the pork pie kings! We returned with two large pies, with one that was quickly demolished and the other to take back with him....

At 4pm - ish we headed into Leeds, with a loose plan of a some drinks in a few different places followed by food at Distritk which we had heard good things about. So we went to The Hotel Victoria and Commercial, Aglassto, the Bierkeller, the White Swan and ended up at Distrikt at 8.30pm.....over to Jo for the review (apologies for the poor pictures - the iphone flash is crap!!).


Smartie
Distrikt opened in 2009 as a new independent bar serving good drinks and food in a subterranean setting.  We used to live only a stone's throw from it, but had only ever been for drinks before (I'm sure having places on your door step makes you lazy!).  It seemed like a perfect place to grab some food and drinks on Saturday evening.

Distrikt serves an eclectic range of tapas dishes drawing on influences from Britain, Europe and the Middle East.  The menu is quite small but there are a couple of specials to try as well, including some on a foraged menu!  We opted for a range of dishes to share - charcuterie meats with chutneys and cheese, dukka spiced chicken wings, sticky balsamic pork ribs, foraged beef carpaccio and a rocket and parmesan salad.  Everything was really tasty, and I would definitely recommend the ribs and the beef carpaccio.  The food was a good choice for some sustenance during drinks, but I would go back for proper dinner too! The staff are attentive and knowledgeable - we had a slight wait for our food because a large group had arrived just before us, but we were kept informed and that's good enough for me. And if that's not enough to tempt you, on Wednesdays the tapas is half price and accompanied by live jazz entertainment.  Brilliant!
Balsamic ribs
Charcuterie platter, which included some excellent chorizo and parma ham
Rocket and parmesan
Dukka spiced chicken wings
foraged beef carpaccio with home made crisps and coleslaw

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