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Published December 2nd 2012
The place to eat yourself into the Mexican abyss
Dare Café, a quaint little bar/restaurant situated in the heart of Headingley, is one of a kind. Providing top class Mexican cuisine at student friendly prices, its compact restaurant creates a lovely, intimate environment in which to drink wine and eat the fiery Mexican cuisine, imagining you are anyway but a cold winter's night in Leeds.
The décor is minimalistic with dark wooden furniture and seats; it is simplistic at its best. The staff are friendly and welcoming, and the informal vibe means you instantly feel at ease.
Dare café also hosts a variety of excellent meal deals. From the Early Bird deal which offers 2 for 1 on main meals 5.30-6.30 Sunday to Thursday (you must have 2 or more diners in your party and must each purchase a drink, leaving within 90 mins) to the 4 course evening extravaganza, a steal at £15.95. Available Monday to Sunday 5.30-10, the evening special includes an aperitif, starter and any Mexican main plus a desert.
I have visited this lovely little restaurant many times but, despite the Italian options I am always drawn back to its incredible range of Mexican dishes; from taquitos to burritos and nachos to Mexican inspired pizzas and salads.
The last time I visited I purchased their incredible burrito. Stacked to the brim with Mexican beef chilli, cheese, refried beans, roasted peppers and coriander, with extra helpings of sour cream, guacamole, and salsa and your choice of sticky rice or salad, it is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. The helping is incredible value for money at £7.95, and the taste is incredible leaving you coming back time and time again for more.
The Mexican chicken nachos are also incredible, with jalapeños, paprika, cheese, sour cream and guacamole, every mouthful is a taste sensation.
Having tried their tongue tingling Cajun Salmon (£8.95) as well as their sumptuous Taquitos (£7.95) I can assure you that, despite their incredibly diverse menu the quality of the food and produce never drops.
A shared plate of nachos, their burrito, plus their cheapest glass of Colombard Richelieu white wine (£3.70 for 175ml) came to an incredible £10.55. This small, unassuming Mexican restaurant provides the best food and value for money in Leeds.
If you are looking for a little taste of exotic Mexico in the midst of dreary Leeds then this is the place for you.