Posted on May 5, 2016
Banyan Leeds is the fourth ‘Banyan Bar & Kitchen’ to be opened in Yorkshire. Though you wouldn’t know from the exotic name, the ingredients are sourced from local suppliers; Banyan is very much a Yorkshire affair (and there’s 20% off for Lifestyle Yorkshire readers at the end of the post!)
Situated on the site of the Old Post Office in Leeds City Square, (directly opposite The Queens Hotel), it is in a fantastic location. Outdoor seating is always a must when the warmer temperatures arrive and there’s 120 covers to ensure not a moments rays will be missed.
Ahead of it’s launch on April 22nd I was invited to a blogger event which involved tasting bite-sized food and sampling cocktails. My taste buds were delighted!
The restaurant is split over two levels, downstairs has a simple industrial feel; upstairs is dark and decadent.
As the blogger event began, it became quickly apparent that they know what they’re talking about. From navigating the industry they’re in (hospitality/catering), to the details of the cocktails, wine and food… there’s thought gone into Banyan.
What results for you and I is a tantalising (and may I add, affordable) menu for breakfast, lunch, evening meal and late-night drinks.
Fussy eaters welcomed (my words not theirs); CEO Martin Wolstencroft reiterated the need to be on the ball with ever-increasing spectrum of dietary requirements. For example, at breakfast you could have a Full English, or pancakes. If neither of those is to your liking, there’s smashed avocado on toast, or you could go for Super Granola (No grains, no dairy, no gluten, no wheat, no sulphites)!
Our arrival drink, a pea and mint bellini.
Teriyaki belly pork. Am not a great lover of pork – these bites were incredible!
Crushed avocado & pea toasts. Crispy duck spring rolls. Vanilla cheesecake. Salted caramel and chocolate torte
When you’re left wanting more, it’s always a good sign. My return date to Banyan is booked for a few weeks time and am looking forward to full-sized meals, hopefully sat outside!
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