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El Gato Negro – A stylish taste of Spain in the centre of Leeds

If you are looking for somewhere to treat your partner or have a catch up with some friends over some tasty tapas, El Gato Negro may just be the place for you.

The Leeds restaurant, which translated means The Black Cat, opened last autumn, in the striking Victorian bank building that used to be the home to Jamie’s Italian.

It’s an elegant venue to relax with friends over a leisurely lunch, or dine out in style after dark. With a wide selection of cocktails, wine, and beer, and not to mention to wide variety of tapas on offer, you will be spoilt for choice at this Spanish restaurant.

As a guide, it is suggested to order 5 or 6 dishes to share between 2 people. However, don’t worry if you don’t think you have enough, you can always order more later, it’s all part of the fun of our tapas! Another thing to note is that so you can enjoy them at their best, the dishes are cooked when your order arrives in the kitchen. This means your food is served as soon as it’s ready, so some dishes may arrive earlier that others. This was fantastic was sometimes when all the food arrives at once it can be a little daunting. We found the timings of when the dishes arrived to be perfect as it spaced out our dining experience and excited us for what was going to come next.

We decided to go for a variety of dishes from the menu and were not disappointed. The sourdough bread with olive oil and Pedro Ximénez balsamic vinegar arrived first, the bread was spongey and tasted lovely dunked in the dressing. This was then followed by mini Catalan chorizo with Aspall cider, which personally, was the star of the show. The chorizo balls were amazing and the Aspall cider glaze was sweet yet also tangy and extremely tasty. Luckily we had some sourdough left over which was perfect for mopping up the sauce.

Tiger prawns with chilli, garlic, lemon butter arrived next. As a lover of prawns, I don’t mind de-shelling the prawns and removing the head. Once the prawn was ready to eat

Meat enthusiasts will love the chargrilled fillet of beef with mojo rojo sauce, which again was a highlight of the night. The beef was tender and partnered beautifully with the mojo rojo sauce. Having sampled the mojo rojo sauce whilst on holiday in Spain, El Gato Negro’s was equally as delicious and took me back to dining whilst watching the sunset in Spain.

Sticking on the meat theme, the chargrilled lamb skewers with butter bean hummus & harissa yoghurt melted in your mouth and paired with the hummus gave a real Mediterranean vibe.

After all the meat, it was only right we had a vegetable option, which did not disappoint. Tenderstem broccoli is my favourite vegetable as the things you can do with them are endless. The broccoli was jasper-cooked with a spicy harissa dressing which took the vegetable to another level, even my partner who doesn’t like vegetables enjoyed this!

Overall, El Gato Negro is the perfect place to visit if you love your food but also a whole dining experience that you will not forget.

We will definitely been returning…

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