d81_7595I was in Leeds for the ITU Triathlon series last weekend and wanted to visit a couple of places to eat in the city. The first was The Kitchen at Oracle. The Oracle has been a riverside institution in the city for 11 years now as a bar and nightclub and recently had a makeover so seemed like a good place to visit. It will be hosting a selection of “Pop Ups” which I sadly missed as I could only make Friday lunchtime. In addition, had I gone the next day I could have taken advantage of ‘Bubbles and Brunch’. For £20 per head you can get a main meal and bottomless Prosecco between 12pm – 2pm. I certainly like the idea of that!

The space is light and airy, with bold colours mixing with reclaimed wood. Bottles of Dom Perignon adorn the shelves behind the reception desk resplendent with a multitude of coloured labels. I was particularly impressed by the funky lights which you can see below. These were very stand out and cool. The staff are friendly and welcoming, especially Hannah who served us and as it transpired used to be a runner and in the past trained with the Brownlee brothers. I wonder how many others in Leeds have connections to them?

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This was a quick in and out lunch due to time constraints so were pleased that service was quick, efficient and professional. I opted for the Artisan Donna, made on site and served in a flat bread with slaw, salad and their own donna sauce. It was great and tasted just like a upmarket and healthy donna. I wanted to try this as I don’t recall ever having had a Donna Kebab whilst sober so wanted it to be a good memory. It was.

The Artisan Donna

The Artisan Donna

To accompany this I opted for the Heritage Tomato Panzanella Salad which was extremely fresh and offered a great counter to the kebab. It cut through the sauce perfectly. I did not need them but wanted to taste at least a couple so ordered the baked new potatoes with burnt spring onions and sour cream. I have to admit that I could not detect the charing on the spring onions but they did work well with the sour cream as you would expect.

Heritage Tomato Salad

Heritage Tomato Salad

Baked New Potatoes

Baked New Potatoes

The portions were good – lets call them Yorkshire size which I loved the prices were very affordable. I wish I had gone in the evening to enjoy some pre-drinking eats as I can see this coming into its own then and at weekend lunchtimes. The real beer selection was impressive for a establishment of this type which never fails to impress me. On offer in bottle was :-

Brewdog Dead Pony Club
Big Hug Spirit
Founders All Day
Brewdog Punk
Sierra Nevada
Blue Moon.

I would have ordered the first 4 and had a beer and food matching session had time allowed but that will have to wait for another occasion.

http://www.oraclebar.com