Leeds is the financial capital of the North of England and culturally speaking it can now give Manchester a good run for its money. The shopping in Leeds city centre is fantastic and the city is also home to the world renowned Northern Ballet as well as a host of other tourist attractions. Having grown in terms of size and profile the centre of Leeds is home to a thriving restaurant scene with a range of cuisines and plenty of great places to eat.
Award winning cuisine in the heart of Leeds
Situated on the first floor of the Park Plaza Hotel, just minutes away from the railway station, is the award winning Chico Latino; a chic modern restaurant with a Latino cocktail bar and some of the best Pan Asian cuisine in the North. Voted ‘Best City Centre Restaurant’ by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Chino Latino is a popular venue that offers a complete dining experience. The top quality food always receives rave reviews; add to that the excellent service and stunning ambience and you have another winner on the Leeds restaurant scene.
The interior of Chino Latino is a modernist’s dream with shiny red chairs and black lacquered table tops. Sleek minimalist lines and coloured lighting bring a cool urban edge to this dining room whilst the floor to ceiling windows with their coloured gels and bold typography make it almost futuristic. The whole place screams of bright lights in the big city and to get the full experience I would recommend visiting for the first time at night. The Japanese are known as the masters of urban cool and this place is razor sharp, with a young and vibrant cutting edge.
Vibrant and fresh Pan Asian cuisine
The menu here is fine Pan Asian cuisine and the knowledgeable staff will walk you through anything that you are not familiar with. Not limited to sushi, the menu is packed with vibrant textures and flavours with an emphasis on the freshness of the produce. The quality of produce is paramount in any establishment, especially with today’s discerning customers, but in a place where the focus is often on raw ingredients there is absolutely nowhere to hide.
There are many small dishes to have either as a starter or a selection for the table. This kind of cuisine is immaculately presented and each dish is a carefully crafted flavour experience that has been designed to be savoured slowly. There is crispy duck with cucumber, chilli, spring onion and hoisin sauce or tiger prawns with chilli, garlic and coriander alongside a range of dim sum that includes pork, crab and glass noodle samosas with a green pepper and yoghurt dipping sauce. The small theme continues with nigiri sushi and sashimi; various varieties of the freshest fish imaginable, depending on availability, and divine crispy soft shelled crabs. There is an array of sushi rolls, such as lobster, crayfish, mango, chilli and mint maki.
Fresh and healthy desserts
On to the larger main course dishes and you could enjoy a dish of seared beef fillet with three sauces; truffle, teriyaki, chilli and garlic. The house speciality, an award winning dish, is lobster jungle curry with scallops and tiger prawns in aromatic sauce and there are many side dishes such as gentle jasmine rice with its subtle perfume or sharp and spicy dressed Thai noodles.
The great thing about Pan Asian cuisine is that, being as fresh and light as it is, you will still have room for dessert. Nothing here is solid or cloying and the desserts are as impressive as the preceding dishes. If you have trouble choosing, they come combined as a tasting platter if you wish. Separately, the choices include fresh fruit with 3 dipping sauces, chocolate sushi roll with Griottine cherries or chilled lemon soufflé with white chocolate and lime and almond macaroons.
Chino Latino is a popular place to eat and we recommend booking a table. Our online booking service is free and easy to use and the site is packed with useful information about each of the restaurants that we feature. Why not check out our pages of special offers at restaurants in Leeds?