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Pinche Pinche Mexican Restaurant

Chapel Allerton is a wonderful area of Leeds for anyone looking for bars and restaurants with the right atmosphere and great food. Right in the centre of the action sits a Mexican restaurant with a grand reputation, Pinche Pinche. Not knowing anything of this illustrious restaurant I was excited to see whether it would live up to the hype from food blogs and social media.

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I booked my reservation at Pinche Pinche on a Friday night when the restaurant was fully booked, the atmosphere was welcoming and warming on what was a very cold January evening. The staff didn’t seem phased by working a full restaurant and still managed to make each guest feel welcome and tended to. Although there was a little wait for our table at the start of the evening we were welcomed over to the bar area for a drink and to look through the menu. The menu gave plenty of choice offering tapas as well as main meals, so it would only be fair to try both. I ordered the Spicy Cheese Balls, Sopa Azteca, Cactus Tlacoyos and the Fish Tacos from the Tapas section, the Pork Burrito from the Bigger Plates section and on the side I ordered the Refried Black Beans and the Latin American Super Food Salad.Pinche Pinche Pillow

After a while the food arrived and if it were to taste as good as it looked, then I was in for a treat. The Spicy Cheese Balls had a lovely crisp ground tortilla coating with soft creamy cheese in the centre topped with spicy salsa and guacamole. The Fish Tacos stole the show with the great tasting flakey fish accompanied with a garnish of salad and an amazing taco sauce. The only shames was we only ordered one serving.

Pinche Pinche Cheese Balls

Spicy Cheese Balls

Pinche Pinche Cheese Balls & Fish Taccos

Spicy Cheese Balls & Fish Tacos

The Pork Burrito lived up to its status in the “Larger Dishes” section of the menu. The burrito was stuffed to the brim with succulent pulled pork, pancetta, sweet figs, rich mature cheddar, black beans and the most delicious creamy avocado salsa, all served on crispy tortilla strips and toped with softened Mexican pink onions.

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Pork Burrito

The Sopa Azteca is a dish I have never tried nor heard off. Its a tomato and pasilla chilli soup served with fresh avocado, tortilla strips, Oaxacan cheese and chicken. The soup was full of taste and spice that was perfectly complemented by the avocado and the Oaxcan cheese that I found similar to unaged Monterey Jack, but with the string like cheese texture of mozzarella. The Chicken was an optional extra but don’t think it was necessary for this dish as it carried itself well without.

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Sopa Azteca

The Cactus Tlacoyos were cactus leaves and avocado served on black bean maize flatbreads. I was hopping for a new flavour as I have never tasted cactus but I found it to taste mush like green bell peppers but nonetheless was very pleasant.

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Cactus Tlacoyos

Assessing the menu I found that Pinche Pinche offers a wide choice for all tastes as well as catering for vegetarians and gluten free diets. From the dishes I ordered I found the food was full of flavours that work together well and left me more than satisfied. You get the feel that the menu has been thought out very carefully which positions itself leagues ahead of other Mexican / Tex Mex restaurants I have dined at in the past. The staff were friendly and helpful and did not seem rushed nor stressed at working a full restaurant on a Friday night. Pinche Pinche gets my overall approval and I will and have recommended this restaurant to anyone looking for an evening meal in a buzzy, friendly atmosphere and great food at good value.

Food: 5   Service: 4   Atmosphere: 5   Value: 5

Review issued by Jonathan – Good Food Nation

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Twisted Burger Company at Jake’s Bar – Review

Title ImageAfter being invited to review the Twisted Burger Company at their residency at Jake’s Bar Leeds we were highly anticipating new menu items from our last experience at their last residency. Jake’s Bar itself was a lively venue with a great atmosphere, the perfect setting to try some new burgers & interesting sides. Cocktail MenuBefore indulging on burgers & fries it would be considered a shame not to sample the infamous cocktails of Jake’s Bar. With a Strawberry Daiquiri & an Old Fashioned. The Strawberry Daiquiri was fresh with a good hint of sourness & definitely more-ish. The Old Fashioned smooth & warming just as this classic cocktail should be.

MenuAfter assessing the menu we were glad to see many additions to the menu for a taste of variety. The Limp Brizket & The Drop Dead Double Stuffed Falaf-Hell Burger jumped out & took my fancy. This would give the review a wider scope & allow us to share our enthusiasm of burgers to meat eaters & vegetarians alike. Our burgers will be accompanies by the Cajun Marinated Corn & the Macho Manchego Fries.

Twisted BurgersThe Drop Dead Double Stuffed Falaf-Hell Burger was a full on flavour punch. Each ingredient came through with good flavour, however the texture could have benefited from some diversity. Some crispy fried onion or fresh crunchy salad may have pushed the burger to new heights. The flavour of the Techno Burger Sauce in The Limp Brizket was very strong & unfortunately overpowered the taste of the meat & French Onion Jam. For meat lovers this could come as a slight disappointment. The Cajun Marinated Corn delivered a lovely kick of flavour & a great twist to the classic corn on the cob. The Macho Manchego Fries is a dish worth ordering with a healthy portion of beef brisket smothered in sauce & gravy.

Overall the food was plesent & the cocktails very refreshing. The bar was welcoming & had a great atmosphere, I would have no hesitation in visiting again or reommending for evening drinks. Unfortunately there are aspects of the food that need addressing, nevertheless the majority of the food was pleasant. My recommendations would be to take advantage of the cocktails at Jake’s bar & a couple of side orders to share among friends however there are better places to indulge on burgers.

Food: 2   Service: 4   Atmosphere: 5   Value: N/A

Review issued by Jonathan – Good Food Nation

The Alchemist – Leeds

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For a special occasion I found myself having some celebratory drinks in The Alchemist in the Trinity Centre Leeds. My fiancé’s father was in town visiting over his birthday and the night started and ended with cocktails in this quirky styled bar.

Although no food was eaten this bar is still very much worth a review from purely the drinks, service and atmosphere. We arrived to find all the customers relaxing with friends and having a good time. The atmosphere was exactly what you would hope for in a bar of this type. The menu was not exactly limiting, with over 50 cocktails to chose from as well as an array of wines, soft beverages, hot drinks and mocktails. There are the classics like the Long Island Ice Tea and Pina Colada as well as a few twists of the originals like the Maple Manhattan and a Bubblegum Mojito, then there are a few unknowns that tickle your curiosity like the Dead Red Zombie and Big Al’s Porn Star. All of which we tried tasted astonishing! 

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Maple Manhattan – Wild Turkey bourbon stirred with Antica Formula and aromatic bitters. crowned with lemon and maple syrup foam and grapefruit zest. 

When you consider other cocktail bars that make cocktails at a price of about £6.99 each where the drinks are average to say the least and the amount of drink for your buck is almost daylight robbery, at The Alchemist your looking at spending only a few extra quid to get a get a drink that is 2-fold better than the other bars around. All the drinks are professionally made right in front of your eyes using techniques that will make you take a second glance. The staff who make the drinks make the whole experience entertaining and memorable.

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For the type of bar The Alchemist is I found that the atmosphere was great, people laughing, having fun and even relaxed enough that complete strangers would start chatting and socialising. The drinks were outstanding and could see myself learning more about how to make a good cocktail to try and replicate their creations. The service was the best I have received in a long time. The Bar staff were friendly, involved and great with all the different types customers. The cost of the evening was on the higher end for drinks however I don’t see drinks just being cheap as value, the quality was on par if not exceeding the cost so in my opinion The Alchemist is also good value.

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My personal favourite drink of the evening, the Smokey Old Fashioned – Wild Turkey bourbon, maple syrup, Jerry Thomas’ Bitters, oak smoke and an ice ball. 

For the great night we had and the quality of the experience I give The Alchemist a strong recommendation to anyone looking to have a upbeat social night out with friends who are looking for a but of an entertaining evening with quirky and even unconventional drinks.

Drinks: 4   Service: 5   Atmosphere: 5   Value: 5

Review issued by Jonathan – Good Food Nation