Ascending the floors of Trinity Leeds, the lift doors open to a haven of light. Heading to the restaurant quarter of the shopping centre, you'll find Cielo Blanco tucked into the corner. A Mexican cantina with A+ guacamole and a brand new cocktail menu to go alongside.
There are a few Mexicans in Leeds that for me, get it spot on in flavour. Cielo Blanco is one of those and the street food offering is something a little different to keep you coming back to try more.
There's a new summer cocktail menu on offer, rife with Instagrammable drinks - because this is obviously a key point on picking where to drink in Leeds - and of course, the perfect foodie picks to pair them with.
So, the top three to try?
Soda Can Paloma - tequila, lime & Squirt. Super simple and very tasty, you get a kick of the tequila but it's not overpowering, a perfect gateway into the spirit.
Soooo Pineapply - a triple hit of pineapple rum, liquor and Jarritos. Not my favourite purely because I'm not a massive pineapple fan unless it's the real thing, but this one is really sweet and an easy drinker.
Tequila Colada - the must Instagram one, a coconut stashed with a creamy mix of tequila, horchata, coconut cream and fresh pineapple. Expect this one to slip down easily, the perfect finisher to your night.
The food at Cielo is delish, and the street food menu means you can pick and choose dishes that work for you. We were invited down for the summer cocktail launch, my favourite foodie nibble of the night was the Ceviche Tostada - delivering my favourite crunchy texture, topped with salmon and scallops and freshened up with the avocado and tropical salsa, a must try from me.
I also loved the cactus & cauliflower quesadilla - cauliflower obviously having a bit of a moment right now - finished with a warming salsa verde that seriously made this dish.
You're seated at the top of Trinity at this venue, so you can take advantage of the sun with their roof terrace, or fake it on their indoor garden for when the rain hits. I think every post I've written recently has included a weather based review of a venue... How very British of me.
The cocktails are sticking around for the summer, but there is of course plenty more to work your way through - head here for an easy night of drinks paired with the perfect grazing spot.