Serving up American style sharing dishes, Neighbourhood is a vanity spot, an absolute treat to the eye and stomach. Art covered walls, with gorgeous cocktails and tasty dishes to make your jaw drop.
Living in Horsforth, and thanks to getting old, a visit out to Leeds city centre is always exciting. We rarely go, and especially with how the past year panned out, we really stayed local. So, heading into town to enjoy food and drinks and revisiting Neighbourhood was a welcomed invite, with the answer always going to be yes.
From their grilled halloumi, beef tataki sushi, duck lollipops, seared scallops, truffle Mac and cheese (say whaaaat!) to the most prettiest of cocktails that packed a punch. Take your pick from indoor to outdoor seating, and if you’re looking for something spectacular from start to finish with both the food and drink menu, you found the place!
For me, what is always a win is the concept of sharing plates, and this is what Neighbourhood does very well. The menu is built up mainly around food to share and pick at, perfect to enjoy with friends who enjoy several bits of food, especially great for diners that are indecisive or keen to try a bit of everything.
Every dish looked immaculate, beautifully presented, with bold colours and flavours. Each dish was truly cleared and not a crumb left on the plate. We had a feast between us and let me divulge some of our top-rated dishes!
Starting with the sushi, we ordered the beef tataki and crispy duck. Both amazing dishes with each able to tickle a different taste preference. The beef came with soy and white truffle dressing, a creamy, garlic hint whilst the duck was served with a pickled plum sweet chilli.
The crispy duck lollipops were a fun addition to the order. Thick and moist, the duck flavour was very prominent in the balls, finished off with a sweet and tangy plum chilli jam. This dish did taste quite like the duck sushi, so my only word of warning is, if you’re looking for variety in flavours, pick one or the other.
The total highlight for me though, and a rather surprising favourite, were the voodoo cauliflower wings! Coated in a honey sriracha and soy seasoning, these bad boys were sublime, a light batter coating the creamy flavour from the veg with a little kick from the seasoning to finish it off. These were so moreish; I reordered the same again to selfishly eat by myself!
For any seafood fans, the seared scallops are an absolute lip smacker. Golden and delicate, the scallops tasted fresh and were cooked to perfection, and as the dish arrived, we both ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’. Although a little on the pricey side in comparison to usual scallop starters, it was delicious and certainly gets my vote.
As a perfect snack whilst waiting for your food to arrive (although you’ll never wait long as the service is speedy!) the spicy cashew nuts make for the perfect nibble in between sips of your cocktail.
As for the cocktails, my two firm favourites not only looked adorable but tasted as great as they looked too.
Starting with the 52nd Street, a Disaronno based cocktail with cherry liqueur, lychee juice and strawberry syrup. It’s served with strawberry foam and a cheery gummy (my gummy lasted long enough for a photo before it went straight into my mouth!)
The second was James & The Giant Peach, a slightly sweeter cocktail with a vodka base, mixed with peach and fig liqueur, and served with a very tasty garnish of peach gummy sweet. If there was any way to describe this drink, it would be a giant peach cloud.
It certainly feels like we ate and drank Neighbourhood dry. The evening was beautiful, with sharing dishes that were a treat to the taste buds and cocktails that look too good to be drunk. Neighbourhood is a fun, decorative venue, extremely great at serving up tasty food and drinks. Although on the pricier side to other city-centre locations, other than their excellent menu, what you’re also getting here is a city centre location with a bang on speedy service, attractive scenery, and a honeypot for a night out ‘out’.