There’s been quite a few new Tapas restaurants pop up in Leeds recently, which is great for the Foodie scene. There are also some smaller, maybe, less well known places that have been around for some time. Distrikt bar is one of those and has been on the Leeds scene for a number of years. They recently got in touch to see if I wanted to check out their midweek Tapas menu, of course I said yes!
I’ve been to Distrikt before, but only at night when they’ve had some great DJ’s on and invariably ended up being a late one into the early hours! Going early evening was a nice change as I really got to see what the bar was about. When we arrived, one of the colourfully lit booths had been reserved for us. We started with drinks, Ilkley Pale and Torres Vina Esmerelda, whilst we looked over the impressive selection of Tapas dishes.
To start, we decided on the meat board selection. This came with a nice selection of Chorizo, Palma ham, Salami and hard and soft cheeses, served with toast and chutney, £9.
It came well presented and looked to be an ideal portion size for a sharing board. All the meats were delicious, but my favourite was the delicately flavoured Palma ham and the spicy Spanish Chorizo.
Next up were the main Tapas dishes, we opted for Crispy white bait with aioli, £3. Roast tomato and smoked mozzarella arancini with mixed herbs and and basil pesto, £4.50. Sticky caraway balsamic ribs, slow cooked in cider and served with rosemary, £5. Harissa and garam masala spiced chicken wings, £5 and tomato and mozzarella salad with baby basil, £4.50
Having not tried white bait before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. If I’m honest, I couldn’t really make up my mind about them, maybe it was the fact they were whole fish that put me off a bit! Sam really enjoyed them, she’d had them before, so was familiar with the flavour.
Another first for me was the roast tomato and smoked mozzarella arancini. For those that didn’t know like me, arancini are mozzarella stuffed rice balls, coated with bread crumbs and fried. Let me tell you, they’re very tasty and delicious!
The caraway balsamic ribs were delicious, they were cooked well and the meat literally fell off the bone. I thought the sweet, sticky glaze worked really well with the richness of the meat.
The harissa and garam masala spiced chicken wings were nice, although, I was expecting a slightly stronger, spicier flavour, but still scrumptious all the same. The tomato and mozzarella salad was nice and just gave a bit of balance to the other dishes
I really enjoyed our visit to Distrikt, I thought the dishes were quite reasonably priced, with most dishes priced between £3 and £5. The staff were polite and friendly and were able to make some suggestions and recommendations, which I really like. I would return to try some of their other Tapas dishes. It is somewhere I’d recommend, think midweek post work drinks and food, in a nice relaxed atmosphere.
Have you got any recommendations for Tapas restaurants? Let me know in the comments below.
*Food and drinks were complimentary for review purposes. All views are my own.