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Trinity Kitchen

When I was about seven the Food Hall at the Pavilions in Birmingham opened. I remember how exciting the prospect of eating food from around the world was, I loved my Lemon Chicken Stir Fry (with chips) and warm Crepes with cream for dessert.

Now, over two decade later the humble food court has been in dire need of a makeover, the last Food Hall I went to was a sea of uncomfortable plastic chairs and a very poor food offering.

Trinity Kitchen promises something a bit different so I went for a sneaky peak to see what me (and my inner seven year old) thought of the place.


Trinity Kitchen aims to be a ‘unique mix of vibrant restaurants and street food vans’, yes street food indoors! Every month a selection of five vans are lifted into the hall to join the seven permanent restaurants.

This month’s visitors, every veggies favorite, Leeds based Manjit’s Kitchen, Katie and Kim; Winners of the British Street Food Awards 2013, The Marvellous Tea Dance Company (also Leeds based), Italian Street Food from Gurmetti and Big Apple Hot Dog selling, well that one is pretty obvious.

All the food served at Manjit’s Kitchen is vegetarian, as a great lover of meat, I am forever amazed at not only how great the food is but, the fact that I don’t miss the meat at all.

My Chili Panner wrap had just the right level of spice and a little bit of sweetness from the Tamarind sauce.

Chili Paneer Wrap, ready to eat.

Chili Paneer Wrap, ready to eat.

Katie and Kim offer up classic home cooked food cooked well. I grabbed a custard tart which is my all time favourite dessert, it was still warm, creamy and delicious.

Kate and Kim are the 2013 winners of the British Street Food awards. Here is a pic of their gorgeous custard tarts and Tablet (in the bags). delicious !

Kate and Kim are the 2013 winners of the British Street Food awards. Here is a pic of their gorgeous custard tarts and Tablet (in the bags). delicious !

Still on the sweets, the brownies at the Marvellous Tea Company are definitely something you should try served in a tea cup, what more could you ask for.

The seven permanent restaurants are all new to Leeds. From Vietnamese Street Food to BBQ Ribs, there is a wide selection on offer for visitors.

If you just fancy a drink there’s a Champagne bar and if bubbles are not your tipple, Notes, a bar come restaurant is serving up a selection of Local beers, wine and coffee.

I will be doing a couple of follow up pieces over the next couple of month for sure. Until then, have a look at the photos below or get down there when Trinity Kitchen opens on the 17th October at 11am to the general public.

Reds True BBQ

So my other half has been begging me to take him here since it opened a couple of months ago. I have to admit I had been a little apprehensive about going. Usually there is a general consensus about a place but the feedback I have had from my friends has ranged from Reds being noted as a ‘posh Maccy d’s’ (a little bit harsh) to it serving the best fast food in Leeds. There has also been mixed reviews on the service so I was somewhat intrigued to say the least.

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Really Nice Food goes to Johnny Fontane’s

Last Friday I went to Johnny Fontane’s for a preview night for the new restaurant that is opening in a couple of weeks.

Johnny Fontane’s philosophy is all about fresh food, freshly made each day and all locally sourced.

Situated by the law courts and Leeds town hall, Johnny Fontane’s promises their customers a taste of the USA.

As soon as you get into the restaurant you can see that there has been a lot of time and considerations put into the restaurant’s decor, right down to the French’s Mustard on the tables.

The menu has a really clear pricing structure so, you can get a burger, side and drink all for 9.99.

Once you pick what you want, you place your order at the bar and are given a buzzer, once your meal is ready the buzzer goes off and you go up to the pass to collect.

I ordered the smoked chicken burger and cajun fries. The chicken burger is made with thighs I prefer this to breast as dark meat always has a bigger flavour and works well when its been smoked.

Although I did like burger it didn’t come with salad (something that George, one of the restaurant owners is looking to add due to the feedback from customers, so happy days ! ).

I was eating with Joe and Jo (Food and Biscuits), they both went for the beef burgers which looked good and would definitely be something I would order in the future.

What I loved about this experience is the fact that having preview nights like this helps them to make sure Johnny Fontane’s has their customer offer spot on for when they open.

I will be returning soon for a pulled pork burger and a cola float for sure, who’s with me ?

Check out the Menu and website here:


Johnny Fontane
40 Great George Street

0113 245 5705