One of the city’s upcoming districts is about to get naughty but nice with the opening of a new restaurant which says it will be the “fine-dining jewel in the Northern Quarter crown”.
The Vice and Virtue brand is adding to its already established bar on New Briggate with the restaurant on the floor above.
It opens tonight to the public and is offering a bespoke dining experience and City Buzz has already had a sneak look around.
Diners will be able to choose from a five, eight or 10 dish tasting menu, which will be paired with wines, cocktails and ales handpicked to complement whatever happens to be on their plate.
Or for something totally individual a group of up to five people can take a seat at the bar and with up to five friends, where they can engage with the chef to create their own unique menu.
And that chef is Luke Downing who will be familiar to many foodies on the Leeds city centre scene.
He is the executive chef of Dough Bistro , another one of Leeds’ additions to the eating out offering in the city in recent years.
Luke is also a regular face at the Yorkshire Evening Post Oliver Awards.
Over the years he has landed best chef, best suburban restaurant and best British fine dining titles as well as numerous five star reviews from some of the industry’s harshest of critics.
Key to designing the menu he said, are the finest, locally sourced ingredients which, by nature will change on a daily basis to reflect the best each of the four seasons has to offer.
He told City Buzz: “I’m so excited about returning to the kitchen and developing my ideas to a city centre audience.
“I absolutely love what I do, and think my passionate approach to food and drink, will offer foodies something very different, and affordable too.
“Every ingredient will be as important as the next, and drink pairings will include home-made infusions and cocktails from our forthcoming cocktail menu.
“I’m cooking the sort of food I love. Simple, experimental, flavourful and provoking.”
The interior and decor of the new restaurant continues the grand and eclectic art-deco theme of the bar downstairs which is thriving sincve it opened on Briggate in winter of last year.
It has built up a reputation for high-end cocktails in the venue which was formerly known as Henleys.
An example how different this is from your usual strawberry daiquiri is the home grown bestsellers, the Rhubarb Triangle.
It features Absolut Vodka infused with rhubarb, lavender foam and chocolate which can be enjoyed while watching the action from a buzzing Northern Quarter.
The area started to emerge last year as the place to be on a night out as opposed to the usual spots such as The Calls.
In that time a number of restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes and wine bars have appeared in various spots which were once occupuied by dingy snooker halls and grubby strip joints.
Other buildings have been given a facelift and the strip is a stonesthrow away from Victoria Gate - the eagerly awaited development which is popping up as a landmark entry point to the city.
Vice and Virtue, opposite fellow newcomer The Belgrave, is on New Briggate.