In the heart of Leeds city centre, on Duncan Street, there is an independent restaurant by the name of Distrikt. Open since 2009, this upbeat venue is situated in one of the city’s night out hotspots amongst plenty of lively nightclubs and bars. With its cutting edge interiors, late license, and downstairs cocktail bar, Distrikt is ideally situated for its purpose. Serving a unique take on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tapas, it creates the best of both worlds between drinking and eating.
Classic and exotic tapas dishes of note
Tapas originated in Spain where it is an essential part of their version of a pub crawl and probably a more civilised one at that. A procession of small meals is enjoyed over the course of an afternoon or evening, unlike meze where everything is designed to come to the table at once. At Distrikt you will find the more classic style of tapas dishes but also a host of exotic ideas and flavours that you would be hard pushed to find anywhere else.
Distrikt serves a range of bar snacks to nibble over whilst enjoying a few drinks such as classic pommes frites, crisp whitebait with aioli or simply a dish of nuts and marinated olives. They also offer a platter of roasted Mediterranean vegetables with dried fruit and nuts.
The list of inventive tapas dishes is endless with dishes such as chermoula spiced lamb kofte with bulghur wheat salad and yoghurt dressing. Each item on the menu goes on to explain the dish; in this instance it describes chermoula as a wet spice blend of preserved lemon, coriander, parsley, garlic, ginger, paprika and cumin. Not only may concepts like chermoula be unfamiliar to some but it can differ greatly and is very much up to the chef’s interpretation. This detailed explanation of the dishes indicates respect for the customer but also whets the appetite for the bold flavours to come.
A beautiful menu that will keep you coming back for more
Further dishes include confit chicken wings in rosemary baharat with green chilli and rose yoghurt or crisp pine nut za’tar coated baby squid with lime pickled cucumber salad and coriander aioli. These are truly inventive dishes that are not afraid to play with flavour. Vegetarian dishes are plentiful, with offerings such as grilled vegetable stack with halloumi cheese, rucola and orange pesto or arancini with red pepper, sesame seeds, mozzarella and black pepper aioli.
Distrikt in Leeds is open all day right up until 2am Tuesday to Sunday, with only an evening sitting on Mondays. They offer a huge 50% off tapas every Wednesday and a group taster menu for £15 per head. You can find details of all these offers on the Go dine site as well as view the full menu and look at photos of the stunning interiors. We also have the definitive guide to restaurants in Leeds for you to browse at your leisure and offer a free online booking service.