Hats off to authentic Spanish food; Bilbao Bar Leeds review

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s authentic Spanish food. Luckily for me, Bilbao on Granary Wharf, Leeds, does just that.
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After a recommendation from my Dad, a huge foodie and the best chef I know, I knew I had to try it. With a lunch date on the cards, we were welcomed into a really bright room. It’s half bar seating and half seated tables so there isn’t a lot of room but it was a quiet lunch time and we got a table just fine.
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The pintxos was ready and waiting on the bar. The lovely Spanish lady that worked there explained the menu and told us to just come pick some when we were ready.
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Shall we get started then?
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Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge cocktail lover but since the real bartender only works in the evening, I decided to go with a glass of vino (lets make it a large one).
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One thing that really amazed me was the price. For paella or 3 pieces of the pintxos selection and a drink it cost under £7, or under £8 if like me you fancy a glass of wine or a beer – Amazing value.
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Mum was better behaved than I was and went with a latte.
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The food all sounded absolutely heavenly! We decided to get some pintxos and paella and just share everything – the perfect way to do it when you just can’t decide.
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I got put in charge of choosing, something that took me quite sometime. I read all the descriptions at least twice and ummmmd and ahhhhd until I finally whittled it down to just three. I’m pretty sure I could have eaten and loved every item on there. In fact, next time I probably will!
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The final three…
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This mini burger got my A/W food senses tingling! Anything that comes with pumpkin (Starbucks, I’m looking at you) automatically becomes a must eat. This delicious thing came with cheese sauce (hello waistline), mushrooms which I normally hate but loved and all the things that make burgers great.
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Next up, the one I was most looking forward to, and rightly so! Crab, mussels and prawns stuffed in a meltingly soft pepper on top of scrambled egg. There are so many things I like about that last sentence, I just want to eat it again. Right now if possible!
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And finally the pork sirloin. Pork and apple sauce are a combination that can never die because I will never stop eating it. Throw sauteed leeks and chorizo into the mix and we’re onto a definite winner.
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Paella is of course one of Spains most famous dishes, so there’s no way we could say no to that as well. The classic combination of chicken and chorizo was lightly spiced with saffron (admittedly I could have gone for a little more) but really hit the spot. So we dished everything up and got eating.
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There’s something about sharing and piling up your plate that gives it a really Spanish feel. After all, no one makes just one serving of paella!
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The food was great but when the dessert menu comes around, the diet goes well beyond the window and runs off up the street!
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Creme brulee is one of those desserts that just so decadent and creamy, an absolute guilt trip. We decided to share the guilt AND the pudding…
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And just like that it was gone. The memory of it lasted considerably longer.
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We settled the bill with full tummies and smiles on our faces and set of home… Until we came to Livin’Italy just down the road.
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Well one cocktail never hurt anybody!

Have you been to Bilbao before? Do you love Spanish food or maybe it’s not your thing? Found a great tapas bar? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments section!

Love Lucinda xx
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7 Comments on “Hats off to authentic Spanish food; Bilbao Bar Leeds review

  1. I always forget that while I hate most typical Spanish food (seriously, who’s surprised that I moved away from there? No one is surprised) (main exception to the rule is Spanish omelette), I DO like Spanish desserts. Some of them, anyway. There are two Spanish bars/restaurants on Haverstock Hill alone; may well try one at some point.

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