Leeds restaurant Kino announces new events and first chef to take over its kitchen

A new Leeds restaurant has announced the first chef that will be taking over its kitchen.

By Amelia Bailey
Thursday, 4th August 2022, 11:35 am

Kino, from Opera North, opened in July and offers cheese and charcuterie boards, as well as a varied drinks menu including wine, craft ale and a selection of cocktails.

The 100-seat restaurant has announced that MorMor will be taking up the first residency in its kitchen, following a sell-out supper club event.

Food prepared by the award-winning Levantine-inspired street food kitchen will be available from September 14 up until the new year, and will serve food from western Asia, the eastern Mediterranean and north-east Africa.

The MorMor team, with founder Hugo Monypenny centre

Three tasting events have also just been announced by the new restaurant, collaborating with other local businesses.

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The first event, taking place on August 10, is a cheese and wine night with Leeds' independent wine merchant Latitude.

Next up is a craft ale and cheese night with Kirkstall Brewery on August 17.

Chargrilled Onion, Orange and Fennel with Thyme (Photo: Chapter 81)

A cheese and gin night is the final event, which is to take place on September 7, in a partnership with Masons and Fever-Tree.

Opera North director Richard Mantle said: "We are thrilled to welcome MorMor for the first kitchen residency at Kino from September, extending the restaurant’s dining offer with their vibrant and contemporary Levantine-inspired dishes.

"We are also looking forward to welcoming visitors to the restaurant over the coming months to enjoy special tasting events with our fantastic local partners at George & Joseph, pairing delicious cheese and charcuterie with the best wine, beer or gin.”

MorMor's Hugo Monypenny added: "The pop up last month was incredible.

"It was great to be back in a full sized kitchen once again where the food can fully shine.

"Thank you so much to the Kino team for putting so much trust in us.”

Kino is housed in the newly renovated Grade II-listed space below the Howard Assembly Room - adjacent to Leeds Grand Theatre.

The décor and the restaurant’s name, which means 'cinema' in many languages, is a nod to the building's former use.

A menu for the new restaurant is expected to be uploaded on Kino's social media pages in the coming weeks.