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Restaurant review: El Gato Negro, Leeds


El Gato Negro is easily my favourite Tapas restaurant in Leeds right now, so it was the clear choice when we were planning a meal out for my birthday last month!

The restaurant is located on Park Row in Leeds in a beautiful old stone-clad former bank. It's quite dark inside, but the interior is very stylish, and it's a great setting for a date night.

We had an early booking at 6pm because we were going to the cinema afterwards, but the restaurant was still busy and had a great atmosphere.

Initially we had to wait a little while to order, but the lady serving us told us that, like so many other restaurants, they were short-staffed and struggling with recruitment. It was also one of her first shifts, and she did a great job, and of course we didn't mind having to wait.

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The Food

You can't go to a Tapas restaurant and not order Padron peppers! These were great but they were so hot. I’m not great with food that is too spicy and some of these were a bit of a challenge, but we persevered.

We also had some Manchego, another ‘must order’ with a tapas meal, and this was drizzled with honey and served with sweet pickled figs.

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Next up I had the Catalan bread with olive oil, garlic, fresh tomato and jamón serrano. This was easily my favourite thing we ordered, I could eat it every day! All the flavours worked so well together. And because the jamón serrano was so good, we ordered an extra plate of this.

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For hot food, we went for chicken skewers, caramelised cauliflower in a harissa-spiced sauce with chickpeas, gambas al ajillo, and patatas bravas. These were all delicious, especially the prawns which came with caramelised onions and peppers in a garlic sauce.

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Unfortunately we had to get to the cinema so no time for desserts 😢

But overall we had a great meal, and if you've never been, it's definitely somewhere I'd recommend!