Power, Corruption and Lies

Dan Curley
Power Corruption & Lies

Leeds-based New Order fans and partakers in small pan-Asian dishes – rejoice! The Akito Group has expanded its cluster of Call Lane venues (including Oporto, Knave’s Kitchen and Neon Cactus) with a bar/restaurant named after the early ‘80s synth-pop album, Power, Corruption and Lies. It opened November last year, so we’ve popped down to see how the place has settled a few months open.

As well as being a restaurant, Power, Corruption and Lies is a late-night bar, but we’re not here on a weekend night to dance around its dancefloor and sup cocktails. It’s a wet and windy Tuesday evening, in a place left almost empty by Storm Ciara. It’s early February and as a pescetarian who spent January (mostly) succeeding to stay vegan – I want seafood. Lots of it.

Regular three-course meal structure goes out of the window here – it’s all small plates designed that you order a few and jump between them. I order the XO prawns that come with bacon (which they removed for me) with chives and fermented chilli and a huge salad, that was a little too sharp. The prawns are big and juicy, salty and sticky, as is the char sui mushrooms, a vegan option that looks like a posh McMuffin that’s dripping with soy (you’ll need your napkin constantly).

Next up, the salmon tartare, a perfectly formed mound of salmon, prawns, edamame and spring onions served with a fan of prawn crackers to scoop it up with, alongside a portion of salmon and prawn gyoza – four of them with a pot of soy and black vinegar to dip in. Both of these dishes are glorious – the texture of the gyoza is enough to make you weep (my standout dish). Needing some veg I get a side of gona-ae broccoli and bok choy – creamy, garlic-coated and utterly delicious.

I don’t booze on school nights so I order a soft cocktail to wash it all down with. The orchard temperance drink – mango, lime, apple, pineapple and a stick of ginger – oddly reminded me of eating Blackpool rock. After some thought, I realise it was the lime that brought back that childhood memory.

Food is served until 10 pm but the bar is open until 2 am (3 am at the weekends) if you’re after a night out. The food changes regularly (so often the menu on the website I checked that morning was different to the one on the tables) so we recommend you pop your head in to see what’s on offer.

36 Call LaneLeedsLS1 6DT View map
Telephone: 01134300144 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Monday12:00pm - 2:00am
  • Tuesday12:00pm - 2:00am
  • Wednesday12:00pm - 2:00am
  • Thursday12:00pm - 2:00am
  • Friday12:00pm - 3:00am
  • Saturday12:00pm - 3:00am
  • Sunday12:00pm - 3:00am

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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