Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
10:47 AM 16th July 2020

El Gato Negro - A Taste Of Spain Returns To Leeds

If the chances of you getting away on a plane this year are diminishing as the weeks go by and that Iberian experience seems to be slipping through your fingers quicker than the sunset from Cafe Mambo in Ibizia then all is not lost.

Rear of First floor restaurant
Rear of First floor restaurant
El Gato Negro on Park Row in Leeds has re opened. The popular restaurant, which earlier this year was crowned Best Overall Restaurant and Best World Restaurant in the 2020 Oliver Awards, will operate four days a week initially (Thursday to Sunday), with extended hours of food service providing guests with the opportunity to enjoy dining late into the evening.

Guests looking to extend their evening further are invited to settle in for the night on the restaurant’s first floor, where they can enjoy a wide selection of after-dinner drinks including cocktails, wine and beer.

El Gato Negro, Park Row, opening hours:

Thursday, food service 12.00 / 22.00, general service 12.00 / 00.00
Friday, food service 12.00 / 00.00, general service 12.00 / 02.00
Saturday, food service 12.00 / 00.00, general service 12.00 / 02.00
Sunday, food service 12.00 / 21.00, general service 12.00 / 22.00

A new take-out and collection service will also be available, offering city dwellers and professionals with the opportunity to savour a taste of El Gato Negro in the comfort of their own home or office.

Second floor restaurant
Second floor restaurant
The new Collection menu includes a broad number of the restaurant’s much-loved dishes including meatballs in tomato fritarda sauce, salt cod croquetas, piquillo pepper purée and aioli and bravas, and patatas bravas with spiced tomato fritarda sauce and aioli. A selection of wines and soft drinks are also available when ordered alongside food.

Returning alongside the popular restaurant’s new features is El Gato Negro’s popular Tipsy Tapas, which invites diners to enjoy three select tapas dishes and bottomless Cava, Bellini, beer, or house wine for 90 minutes from the point of order and for just £30pp.

Exterior entrance
Exterior entrance
The restaurant’s Three for £15 menu is the perfect alternative for those looking to simply experience El Gato Negro’s signature dishes or a lighter bite. Tipsy Tapas is available every Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 5pm and the Three for £15 menu every Thursday and Friday from 2pm to 5pm.

For guests looking for an extra special way of reuniting with friends and family or to mark belated events, El Gato Negro’s private dining room, with its own mini bar and audio and presentation facilities, is the perfect space.

El Gato Negro reopens with the strictest safety measures in place including distanced seating, regular and enhanced deep cleaning, hand sanitising stations, contactless payment (where possible) and laminated menus which are cleaned after every use.

For further information please visit

Reservations for El Gato Negro Park Row can be made online at

or for those that require to speak to a member of the team, on 0113 322 0763. Reservations are subject to government restrictions.

Somehow the sunsets over Leeds might not match those in Ibiza or mainland Spain but the dishes at El Gato Negro appear to taste just as good as those you might taste from Bilbao to Barcelona or from Madrid to Murcia.