Back in October 2013 I wrote a post for The Culture Vulture about the opening of Trinity Kitchen and what the food hall could have turned into. I think it was fair and balanced. My first impression was made at a preview event, which had been organised by Trinity to give the kitchens a taste of customers and service, before opening the doors to the salivating public. It is fair to say that I had my reservations.
Whilst I was sure that, in keeping with the rest of Trinity, Trinity Kitchen was going to be a well designed space, I wasn't sure about how the mix of permanent vendors and rotating street food vans would work. On the afternoon of the preview, the street food vans weren't trading so we could only eat from the permanents and very nice my food from Pho was too. But, if I'm honest, it was the vans that I was interested in and it is the vans that I have been going back for, at least once every rotation.
Tonight I was invited back to Trinity Kitchen, with a clutch of other food bloggers for a free meal, to help welcome a new batch of street food vans. The usual format of sit where you want and serve yourself was thrown out of the window and in an interesting twist, table service was introduced for the evening. We were welcomed with a glass of fizz from 360˚, shown to our seats and presented with menus. There were two choices from each eatery but I couldn't drag my eyes away from the Dead Hippie burger from newbies, The Meat Wagon.
Burgers are de rigueur in Leeds at the moment, usually piled so high with extras that you can't pick them up without losing half of them onto your lap. These burgers, which require a knife and fork to eat them, are a pet hate of mine*, but the Dead Hippie was perfectly handleable. The two patties were still pink and well seasoned, the "Hippie Sauce" was as good as any special sauce I've had on any other burger and the pickle was large enough to put up resistance without being overpowering.
Even the bun was up to the job, refusing to fall apart even though the burger was so juicy you could have wrung it out and had beef soup as a side dish. It was a tasty burger and I'm glad I chose it, as at £8 I don't think that I would have bought one for myself. Not when the other street food vans had cheaper and more interesting food on offer.
Highlights for me since Trinity Kitchen opened have been; Manjit's Kitchen, Fish &, Original Fry Up Material, and Donostia
Social Club, all of which I'd welcome back to Trinity in a heartbeat. I'll be popping back at some point this month to spend some of my hard earned cash and try some of the other new food on offer. I do still have issues with the notion of Street Food in the UK, but while it is being presented so well in Trinity Kitchen, I think we'd all be foolish not to take advantage of the ever changing array of quality food being served in such an excellent environment.
*along with food served on chopping boards and chips served in a jenga stack.