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Published January 23rd 2015
Spicy tapas, refreshing cocktails, and a view of rainy Leeds
Head down a drab Leeds street, and at its base the unexpected can be found. Nestled beside Belgravia, one of Leeds' well-renowned hidden gems, can be found another; Sandinista.
Sandinista is small and unassuming, trying to get inside is a mission but once this hidden gem is unearthed you will come back time and time again. Upon entering you head back in time; old school music hums from the speakers, old fashioned mahogany high-backed stools line the bar, and on the multi-level floor are scattered low mahogany tables. Rich woods meld into exposed brick-work, and behind the bar is a rugged bar-man with an 'edgy leeds' beard serving delicious cocktails.
Like the cocktails, and the surroundings, Sandinista's tapas is renowned because they serve rich, mouth-watering classics without trying to be too fancy. With student friendly prices with plates averaging £4.95, everyone can afford to do tapas properly and buy a few dishes to share.
While, if you can say tapas can have a main course, then our smoked sausage and prawn jambalaya and Rump Steak with a side of patatas bravas was it. The prawn and sausage jambalaya was rich and tangy with the sticky rice perfectly complimented by a dash of paprika, a hit of spice, and the underlying smoky flavour of the sausage and the salty hit of the gigantic prawns.
Add to that perfectly cooked medium rare rump steak with garlic spinach and a scattering of sea salt, and sweet potato patatas bravas with a rich spicy tomato tang, the three were the perfect finale to a delicious meal.