There are some of us that haven’t ventured into the city centre for a while. Sure, the variety of lockdowns we’ve had have played a part in that, but be honest, when was the last time you saw behind the Merrion Centre?
Now that they’ve got rid of the old eyesore of a building that housed the casino, and pumped a lot of money into the area, there are tons of stylish restaurants and bars to choose from.
Dominating the Arena Quarter by sticking out from the fold with a beautiful, angular purpose is Oba.
Now, at some point, you may have visited the red fronted Hang Sing Hong on Vicar Lane. It’s an Aladdin’s cave of food and ingredients as they say ‘from the orient’. Oba Kitchen and Bar is their baby.
Fusing Korean and Japanese dishes, the menu offers a mouthwatering array of favourites. Whether you’ve visited Japan or Korea and want the nostalgia of the taste of tradition, or you’re brand new to this cuisine, staff are on hand to offer advice.
Inside the vibe is clean lines and stylish but comfy chairs, mixed with cocktail bar aesthetic on the walls and behind the bar. With the floor to ceiling windows, on a dark night, it feels really cosy.
The food was fresh from the kitchen, staff were on alert and quietly attentive. Always ready to answer any questions and help out with ordering.
We went for a mixture of sushi rolls, gyoza, Kang Poon Gi (Korean sticky chicken), Beef Steak Wraps (sliced sirloin steak, garlic chip, crispy onion with Truffle Soy Sauce), and sticky rice (always a favourite).
Book a table now, see this as your reason to get out and see a part of Leeds you may not have known was there yet, and find your new favourite Korean and Japanese fusion.
Oba Kitchen and Bar is where the magic of fusion happens. Obaleeds.co.uk.