I recently had the chance to attend a private preview of the new craft beer destination in Leeds, Bundobust. The brainchild of the people behind two of Bradford’s shining stars Sparrow Bier Café and Prashad restaurant. These two are teaming up to present the perfect combination of great craft beer (sorry no cask here its all keg) and Indian street food.
This former neglected amusement arcade on Mill Hill (just round the corner from Scarborough Taps and up from The Cockpit) has been stripped back to expose rough brickwork and original iron posts now highlighted by the addition of recycled woods, concrete and a unique entrance clad with reclaimed wooden front doors.
The furniture is simple metal-frame benches with recycled wood and tabletops made out of ground-up plastic bottles. Its rough and industrial but has a simple modern softness too.
Believe it or not but this small shop front has a great outdoor area too, more benches and tables are covered by a corrugated roof so you are out side by without being TOO outside for the unpredictable West Yorkshire climate. Not many places boasts an outdoor drinking/eating area in Leeds and this one is lovely.
I’m not going to get into the food too much (this is a beer blog after all) but I did sample the menu on the evening and its was very nice plus if you had the chance to visit their roaming stall at a number of food and drink festivals over the last 12 months or so you’ll know how tasty the food is going to be. It’s the Prashad so of course it going to be top notch.
Onto the important bit…the beer. The selection on the all-keg bar is a perfect match for the gentle warmth of the Indian street food. 12 taps in total and on the opening night you will see Northern Monk / Atom Enlightenment Orange Rye Saison, Magic Rock Cannonball, Harbour India Brown, Saltaire Gold, Mikkeller Green Gold, Schneider Weisse Meine Blonde, Flying Dog Mango and Habenero IPA amongst others.
The beers have been selected are to compliment the food, such as assertive IPAs, quenching weissbiers will be joined by their house lager Opat Kvasniák Coriander, a coriander infused Czech pilsner that will work perfectly with the menu. If that’s not enough a dedicated Mikkeller tap, yes the Godfather of Gypsy Brewing finds a home in Leeds so expect well…the unexpected. Another thing to spark your beery interest is that they have a “Randall”, a “Hopinator” or to give him his full title Randall The Enamel Animal. The invention of Milton Delaware’s Dogfish Head, a pre-dispense device that enables Bundobust to infuse a beer with additional ingredients. Mostly they are used to inject a final kick of hop flavour and aroma but with Indian cuisine in mind that opens up a load of interesting possibilities. An export stout infused with coconut and Indian spices? The closest thing I’ll get to another glass of Ballast Point Indra Kunindra, I hope so.
Bundobust opens 11/7/2014 on 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, LS15DQ
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