31 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BT – Visit Now
Knaves Kitchen is situated on Call Lane, Leeds
in the legendary cocktail bar, Oporto, which serves up vegan beers and cocktails. Knaves Kitchen is a 100% vegan street food pop-up, with no kale or lentils in sight, basically vegan
junk food with a conscious. Expect vegan chicken, hearty curries and deep fried goodness.
Knaves Kitchen is a 100% vegan street food pop-up, with no kale or lentils in sight
The menu is divided up into ‘Seitan’, ‘Not Seitan!’ and ‘sides’ so of course, you should order a dish from each section. Start with the Seitan, which is handmade in house to a secret recipe. The CFC is corn flake-battered ‘chicken’ goujons with a Brazilian slaw and chive ranch, all wrapped up in a toasted flour tortilla for a reasonable £6.50. This wrap is packed full of flavour, the ‘chicken’ is crispy yet tender and the portion size is ideal on its own for lunch, or even with a side of their delicious fries. This is a clear front-runner for best dish on the menu.
On the ‘Not Seitan!’ section of the menu, I go for the Jerk & Palm. Jackfruit is becoming increasingly popular, so when I saw it on the menu it was a must-try. It consists of jerked jackfruit in a creamy Jamaican curry sauce with coconut rice and a crispy plantain skewer, all priced at £6. This is extremely spicy, so if you like a kick then this will be ideal. It’s warming and creamy, and the jackfruit works perfectly in the curry. The addition of the plantain skewer is a great way to break away from the intense heat of the curry.
A great place to spend a Saturday day with friends, or an evening before sticking around for one of Oporto Bar’s regular gigs
I pair this with a side of Mac Fries. This is a basket of fries with cheesy vegan mac sauce, chillies, pickles, crispy onions and sesame seeds, for £4.50. These are a hugely generous portion that could work as a dish in their own right. The fries are amazing and the toppings delicious. A slightly tangy ‘cheese’ sauce, with the addition of chillies and pickles, make this a fantastic portion of vegan junk food, and even better washed down with a cocktail.
The fries are amazing and the toppings delicious
Knaves kitchen is a great place to spend a Saturday day with friends, or an evening before sticking around for one of Oporto Bar’s regular gigs. The vegan street food will leave you feeling content and wishing you had been sooner for some of Leeds’ best eco-friendly dishes.