Pinche Pinche, Leeds

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Since I was showing my Uni friends my favourite parts of Leeds, it was only fitting to take them to my favourite restaurant as well. I first discovered Pinche Pinche three years ago at the Leeds Loves Food festival and I’ve been hooked ever since. Living just down the road makes it the perfect spot for date nights, special occasions and just because dinners.

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They have an extensive menu – from mini portions of tacos for starters or sharing to big plates – which means it can take some time to choose! I’ll give you a hand – the lamb is excellent, and if you’re a meat eater, you will seriously regret it if you don’t have at least one lamb dish. It’s melt in your mouth and crazy delicious. I like it in their enchiladas – covered in melted cheese, with a mild green salsa. Paul prefers it in tacos with a spicier version of the salsa – although be warned if you think you’re hard enough for their spiciest version. You’re probably not. I also love their little prawn tacos to start – the mango salsa is lovely and fresh and the prawns are big and juicy. The perfect combination.

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Suffice to say, we were pretty stuffed and decided to pass on pudding on this occasion. However, if you have a sweet tooth like me then the churros are the obvious choice. Who doesn’t love fried dough dipped in chocolate? No one, that’s who.

The best way to end a meal at Pinche Pinche, however, is with one of their tequilas. So many people I know don’t like tequila but when it’s served like this – for sipping, not shooting – it’s totally delicious. One is definitely enough but I can’t resist that one!

I literally cannot rave about Pinche Pinche enough – it’s excellent value for money (I don’t ever part with much more than £30 for drinks and three courses), the service is always friendly and the food is some of the best to be found in Leeds. I’m not the only one who thinks so, so be sure to book if you want to go on a Friday or Saturday!

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  • Again, when I finally get my life sorted out, I’m coming to visit you in Leeds.

  • Pinche Pinche is my fave restaurant too 🙂 The prawn street tacos to start are so so good. I also have a weakness for their chorizo nachos. With my mains I play fast and loose and usually go for something from the specials board. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve made it to dessert (churros, obvs, like you) because I ate far too much beforehand. Such good value.

  • Danielle Stott

    LOVE this place, one of my favourites. Every time I go I’ve had something different and I’ve not been disappointed with a single thing I’ve tried. Amazing. Plus, the portions are pretty huge which is always fine by me.

  • Paul Ratcliffe

    The Barbacoa Street Tacos with Chile de Arbol salsa are possibly the best food substance known to man. I could only eat these forever more.

  • Oh my god, this place sounds great! I just checked out the menu and am totally bummed that I didn’t see this post BEFORE the weekend when I had a visitor and we ended up at somewhere kinda crap. I’ll just have to come up with another excuse to go!