Trinity Kitchen: A street treat from ‘the whore of Babylon’?

Street food: Manjit's Kitchen at the new Trinity Kitchen

Street food: Manjit’s Kitchen at the new Trinity Kitchen

Mention Trinity Leeds to most people and you’ll usually get a very polarised response.

As one blogger wrote earlier this week, it’s either ‘the whore of  Babylon, or Trinity – depending where you stand on shopping destinations’.

The new Trinity Kitchen element of the centre opened today, promising an indoor street food market with seven permanent restaurants and five ‘pop-up’ cool street food traders such as Manjits Kitchen.

The permanent restaurants include pizzas, burgers, Mexican and, interestingly, Vietnamese (where it’s going to be incredibly easy to eat your bodyweight in pork spring rolls every day.)

Fair play to the folks at Trinity for doing something different and looking beyond the delights of MacDonald’s, KFC and Burger King (the Core ‘food court’ take note).

trinity kitchenBut the reason for this post isn’t to pat owners Land Securities on its back (it’ll get enough PR elsewhere) but to highlight how they actually get the bloody street vans onto the second floor of a major shopping centre in the first place. It’s actually quite nifty.

There’s no vehicular access up to the second floor, so what they have to do is lift the vans late at night in a temporary lift from the street outside. Large second-floor doors swing open and the vans are driven in from there.

Apparently the five street food traders will change once a month, so this operation will become a regular (and probably expensive) business. Here’s a video of the whole operation:

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5 Responses to Trinity Kitchen: A street treat from ‘the whore of Babylon’?

  1. mikechitty123 says:

    Authenticity – at the heart of good street food!

  2. I vowed to my children that I would never cross the pits threshold, and I’m proud to say that I have kept that vow. The place stinks!

  3. Pingback: Leeds today: radio, pictures, literature, half term, godless, market, bricks, art, flowers, housing and kitchen. | Beyond Guardian Leeds

  4. Techno says:

    Every shop in it is just the local branch of a national chain. So boring. The Corn Exchange and Granary Wharf were so much better, but of course these had to be “modernised” and now all those small traders have gone.

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