It stands out against the entrance to the Trinity Centre with its all black exterior, with ‘Pintura’ written boldly for the world to see. Anyone walking past would be immediately curious of this new, sleek-looking building, and so they should be! Pintura (meaning work of art in Spanish) is truly a unique dining experience.
Upon arrival, I was immediately greeted by a very welcoming front of house who took me below the belly of this alluring new establishment into their very own gin parlour. The gin parlour alone is remarkable, the array of alcohol, including 30 different types of gin is instantly noticeable and the romantically lit room creates a ‘speakeasy’ like atmosphere. It’s a great place to sample the unique cocktail menu with the option of either sitting at the bar to watch the barman work his wonders, or have some more intimacy on the tables. The gin parlour also remains open until 1am every night, so you can drink the night away in a wonderfully ambient environment.
With regards to the cocktails, they really are one of a kind. I was lucky enough to sample the Limon Torte cocktail, along with the Spanish Flower that came with an edible flower, both were a taste sensation. Pintura prides itself on reinventing the classical drink. They put their own individual twist onto the drinks making them into their very own creation. And it has definitely been a success!
Sadly, I was torn away from this incredible place to be seated upstairs to try Pintura’s tapas. Since having already sampled their drinks, I had high hopes and was not let down. One thing that was mentioned throughout my visit was that Pintura only sources the highest quality foods, often having to import them from Spain. Upon tasting the food it is evident that no corners had been cut when creating these delicious tapas-style dishes. Each was made with attention to detail and the focus on creating high quality tapas had resulted in some truly outstanding dishes. Even the nibble dishes of almonds and olives tasted delectable! I could not fault one thing about the food, it was to die for! Not only was the food made freshly right before my eyes but also the knowledge that came alongside my dishes was incredible. With each dish I was given a detailed description of what I was about to try and was even provided with a thorough insight into the history of gin!
Overall my visit to Pintura could not have been better, the atmosphere was stunning, the food simply exquisite and the staff were polite, approachable and genuinely great company! I would rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars purely due to it being slightly on the expensive side from a student’s perspective. However, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for some tasty Spanish cuisine or a slightly classier meal within the city of Leeds.