New Basque Kitchen and Bar To Bring Authentic Spanish Dining To Leeds

At House of Coco we love to support the new kid on the block, especially when it sounds as tasty as this one!

A brand new kitchen and bar inspired by the food-crazed Basque culture is ready to paint an authentic portrait of Spanish tapas using traditional recipes and artisan ingredients combined with bold and modern flavour combinations.

Located next to Marks and Spencer’s at Trinity Leeds, ‘Pintura’ – meaning work of art in Spanish – is set to open its doors on Saturday 28th February.

Aiming to deliver bold, high-quality tapas dishes and ‘Pintxo’ the bite-size tastes of the Basque country, the 3,000 square foot restaurant will be the very first of its kind to open in Leeds. With a menu that boasts authentic Spanish dishes starting at just £3 such as fresh Salted Cod, Iberico Ham, octopus and pig’s cheek, the restaurant has partnered with premium local Spanish food supplier Grey’s Fine Foods to ensure only the best quality ingredients are used. A cellar full of the best Spanish wines including the Basque favourite, Txakoli will be available on site to enjoy.

As part of opening celebrations, Pintura – which is part of the same group behind Leeds favourites Cielo Blanco and Jake’s Bar – will be offering 50% off food across the opening weekend. Due to anticipated high demand at the bustling location, customers are required to book a table for the opening weekend.

Serving over 130 diners, the bar and kitchen boasts vibrant décor evoking the feeling of San Sebastiàn and an intimate outdoor seating area. Guests can choose to sit at a table or at the stylish bar making it the perfect place to visit, whether it be for a sociable meal to share with friends, a special occasion with loved-ones, a quick bite to eat or an al fresco breakfast meeting.

Pintura Menu Samples

The kitchen and bar which is split across three spacious floors will be home to a dedicated ‘gin bar’ serving over 30 varieties of gin including the restaurant’s own premium gin Portobello Road and a delicious menu of Basque-inspired cocktails. The popular spirit, a favourite shared by both the British and the Spanish, will be given a refreshing twist with a wealth of tonic waters and garnishes to enjoy served by Pintura’s experienced bar team in a modern and lively setting.

What’s more, every Sunday Pintura will be serving up its own speciality of a succulent whole pig – perfect for larger tables. Pintura will also be launching an exclusive Brunch Club serving pastries and breads baked on site with a free cup of coffee gifted to its members.

Pintura Kitchen and Bar creator and Leelex MD Ged Feltham said: “Having enjoyed many a memorable summer holidaying in the stunning surroundings of the Basque region, I fell in love with the Spanish lifestyle and the passion they have about the food that they eat.

“Pintura really has been inspired by those experiences and our talented head chef Greg, the team and I have worked incredibly hard to deliver a dining experience that is real, honest and distinctive”.

“We look forward to welcoming Leeds diners to Pintura to experience it for themselves”.

Head chef Greg Lewis commented: “Having spent time in Donostia, submerging myself in the food and culture of the region, it’s exciting to have the chance to deliver my take on this amazing and varied cuisine to the great dining public of Leeds.

“Taking my inspiration from San Sebastiàn’s wonderful labyrinth of bar lined Old town streets, I’m lucky enough to work with some of Europe’s most incredible ingredients to create dishes that hopefully capture the spirit, passion and energy that the Basque people have for their food. The talk at the dinner table in Donostia revolves around what’s for lunch the next day and I hope to evoke that same sort of emotion when Leeds diners visit Pintura.”

More information about Pintura is available at www.pinturakitchen.co.uk or on Facebook and Twitter. #Teamcoco will be at a special preview night next week so we will be sure to tell you how it went…

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