Th outdoor seating area doesn’t do The Neighbourhood any favours. It’s not until you reach the entrance and its heavy door (don’t stumble on yourself opening it like I almost did) you know you’re in for something different. The entrance wall is fully decorated with plants and flowers. Even though they’re fake, it’s still a very impressive wall.
The rest of the restaurant follow suit: an urban tropical theme filled with neon lights, graffiti walls, bauble lights and playful green chairs. The light isn’t the best for taking stunning photos but still you can’t resist because everything’s so photogenic.
Whilst waiting for my lovely dates for the evening, I treated myself to a glass of prosecco. I decided against all of the delicious sounding cocktails but if you’re looking for colourful and nicely presented drinks, you can pick anyone from the list.
The Neighbourhood menu doesn’t look like it offers much from a first glance, but actually, it’s got plenty and everything’s to die for. Period to going, I had an idea that this New York inspired bar (alongside Manahatta on Greek Street) mainly focuses on cocktails and therefor the food might be lacking. I couldn’t be more wrong, all the dishes we ordered and shared were delicious and some even amazing – looking at you chicken lollipops and popcorn prawns.
In order to try the most from the extensive menu we decided on ordering lots of small plates and share it all between us. It was difficult deciding and narrowing down to eight dishes from their ‘Small Plates’, ‘Raw’ and ‘Rolled’ selections but we managed. We decided to go for Popcorn Prawns, Chorizo Croquettes, Korean BBQ Lamb, Chicken Lollipops, Straw Fries and Spicy Tuna, Crispy Duck and Flamed Salmon sushi. A fabulous spread that left as all full to our hearts’ content.
8 dishes is definitely enough between three people. As mentioned before, the chicken and prawns stood out for me and as for sushi, spiced tuna is definitely the favourite. I’m a massive fries lover, the thinner the better, and these are without a doubt in my top five list of best fries in Leeds. Truffle oil and Nori sprinkle – yummy!
Best bit, the food is really affordable with prices around £6-10 for each dish. Mains are a little more but they’re bound to include more food on the plate. I can really recommend this place for its quirky interiors and finger licking good food! If there’s any Neighbourhood you should go to in Leeds, this is the one.
Have you tried out The Neighbourhood in Leeds yet? Or in Liverpool or Manchester?