First thing you notice on entering is the funky interior with its underground bar, lit up alcoves and cool artwork. Then you open the menu. The focus is on tapas but not the usual Spanish or Latin American fare, the menu at Distrikt is very much modern British cooking drawing influence from the Mediterranean and Middle East.
The provenance of food is particularly important at Distrikt as everything is fresh and local as possible, to the point that the menu names particular stalls of the Leeds Kirkgate Market where the ingredients are sourced. On Mondays in the season they focus on foraged ingredients which you can taste at £5 per dish.
We visited Distrikt on a Wednesday when all the tapas dishes are half price, which averages them at about £2 each. This must be one of the very best midweek dining deals that Leeds has to offer, we will be back and we will be back on any day as the food is definitely worth its full price.
Distrikt also has a very very nice drinks menu, as you would expect, with a good selection of wines, beers and cocktails.
|Carpaccio of Yorkshire beef with fresh beetroot, basil, cherry tomatoes and orange reduction|
|Crayfish tails & cockles with lime, coriander and tomato salad|
|Smoked haddock ceviche with tomato, caper salsa & crispy tatas|
|Rare poppy seed tuna with endive, mandarin & crispy shallot salad|
|Med veg stack with goats cheeese, rocket & balsamic|
|Field mushrooms on sour dough with kentish truffle & pinenuts|
|British pork belly with roasted peaches & wood sorrel|
|Salt & wild pepper squid with spiced ragu & cous cous salad|
|Roasted banana with amaretto & cream|
|Strawberries with balsamic & licor cream|
I haven't really mentioned anything about the individual dishes because everything was so good, a truly local, independent business with a definite sense of style, that has a chef like they have who cares about the provenance of the food they serve deserves the support of this city.
7 Duncan Street