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Holy Mountain at Distrikt Leeds Review
Visiting Distrikt Bar in Leeds last week was met with anticipation knowing full well the mighty Holy Mountain Kitchen have taken over, serving up their delicious take on Mexican inspired small plates. Our anticipation was matched with a launch of Distrikt’s new and exciting cocktail menu which we were equally eager to see and taste.
Firstly, Holy Mountain Kitchen are producing a very decent range of food including their Mexican tacos. Their menu covers the sweet from the El Bandit to the deliciously savoury Pibil made with 12 hour slow braised pork shoulder. Servings are tasty and we couldn’t get enough of the hot sauce side which came with each. Looking further ahead, you will not be left disappointed with great shouts from the 2 feet Nachos made with house tortilla, queso, salsa verde, chipotle mayo, crema Mexicana and hot sauce. The menu doesn’t hold back – from the loaded fries to a select range of Box O’ Chicken with varying heat. Sides are equally generous and we were especially taken with the delicious mex-style corn on the cob.
Distrikt impressed with their amazing passport of cocktails. Inspired by distant travels and ideas of wanderlust, the team at Distrikt have successfully crafted a menu which covers the classics, whilst also producing a range of cocktails with a twist from far and away. First up to our table and brought to us by top mixologist, back-packer and bar man Dominic (behind some of Distrikt’s fabulous new liquid creations) was a World Travelled Negroni made with Shiraz, Cocchi De Terino and Campari. This was quickly followed by a delicately styled and Italian based Espresso Monte made with vanilla infused Grey Goose and a raspberry coffee brew. From one continent to another, we were more than impressed with the attention to detail in both taste and looks. The Espresso Monte for example came with a neat serving of popcorn having been inspired by cinema visits made whilst escaping the rain one time after travelling through Italy. Criss-crossing the globe and touching down in North America we were next served a fabulous Kentucky Beetdown made with beetroot infused with USA favourite Jack Daniels, Bruxo Mezcal, V8, port, lemon, agave and a Kentucky spice. Savoury in every way – it was an excellent take on the original bloody Mary.
It would be impossible to visit Distrikt without being impressed with their food and drink. Holy Mountain Kitchen have taken over and made good partnership in serving food alongside a well thought through and carefully designed cocktail menu. Expect a feeling of distant places and an urge for globe trotting after a visit to one of Leeds best underground bars!
Distrikt Bar & Restaurant, 7 Duncan St, Leeds LS1 6DQ – 0113 2433674
Written by Paul Conboy follow on Twitter & Instagram @fatfoodclub