New tapas bar spices up Leeds’ dining scene

Pintura, Leeds.
Pintura, Leeds.
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OK, Leeds isn’t exactly short of restaurants.

We are thoroughly spoiled for choice, and whether you’re in the mood for some simple street food or something a bit more swanky, there’s something for even the fussiest taste buds.

And now you can add another restaurant to the ever-expanding list.

Tapas restaurant Pintura will open its doors at a prime site just off Commercial Street at the end of the month.

The new venue takes inspiration from the Spanish Basque Country (San Sebastian in particular, apparently), and aims to provide quality tapas in a casual setting.

Oh, and did I mention it’s going to have its own gin bar in the basement with 50 different variety of gins?

The restaurant is owned by Leelex Ltd, which even has its own brand of gin called Portobello Road – so they’re pros.

The nice thing is that the group is largely run by local Yorkshire lads, who are also behind the likes of city centre venues Cielo Blanco, Oporto, Jake’s and Neon Cactus.

So it’s safe to say we’re in good hands.

Sadly at the moment the Pintura crowd isn’t giving too much away, and the venue is currently hidden behind big boards next to the Marks and Spencers store.

But it’s not long now until the opening, which will be held on Saturday, February 28.

Anyone heading down there for the opening weekend can also get 50 per cent off food.

City Buzz likes to fly the flag for Leeds’ dining scene and we’re eager to see what this spicy little Spanish treat could bring to the mix.