Seasonal specials, street food, and new restaurants you should be trying this month

Whether it's seasonal specials, must-trys from new restaurants, or fleeting street food, these are the five dishes you have to try this June.

Halloumi Fries. Dukkha

Leeds Indie Food has gone weekly with its new EatNorth food fairs hosted at North Brewing Co. It’s first gift to the hungry masses, and undoubtedly the talk of the inaugural event, was vegetarian street food stall Dukkha - and specifically their halloumi fries.

Fries. Made from halloumi - super-fluffy, seasoned halloumi, at that. Topped with tzatziki, fresh mint, and pomegranate molasses. They’re all gone now, so gutted if you missed them, avoid future disappointment by heading down to one of the EatNorth events planned every weekend from now until Saturday 22 July.

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Tomato Salad, Whipped Tofu. Issho

We’ll admit that tomatoes and tofu doesn’t sound like much to get excited about - it sounds like a pretty odd combo, to be honest - but this is a real stand-out from the menu at the new Japanese restaurant from D&D (Crafthouse, Angelica) and Chef Ben Orpwood (Zuma, Sexy Fish). Tomatoes receive a zhuzh of sherry vinegar, and the tofu and sesame is whipped until so light you half-expect it to float out of the dish and off the restaurant’s roof terrace.

Read our interview with Chef Ben Orpwood.

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Cheeseburger Spring Rolls. XO Supperclub

We’ve been looking forward to Issho and Tattu opening for a while now, and then when they finally get around to it, another modern twist on Asian food has come out of nowhere and stolen the limelight. XO is a supperclub focusing on informal, inventive takes on mostly-Chinese dishes. There’s a couple that look set to become future classics based on their first event, but the one stat stands out to us is the cheeseburger spring rolls. Don’t worry if you missed their first pop-up at Mr Nobody last weekend, tickets to their next event on Sunday 2 July are available here.

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Crispy Chicken Skin. Ham & Friends

Completely unlike anything we’ve tried before - imagine if a pork scratching had a sordid affair with a poppadom, and you’re kind of on the right track. These warm, crispy shards are topped with a leek remoulade that provides a sharp counterpart to all the schmaltzy indulgence. A bargain at £4 for a plate, from Ham & Friends new kitchen’s snack menu.

Read our full Ham & Friends review.

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Ice Cream Rolls. Thai Khrim

Poor old Mr Whippy is gonna have ‘99’ problems: Thai Khrim have brought a completely new, ultra-customisable form of ice cream to Trinity Kitchen this month: choose your flavour, and they’ll mix it into ice cream in front of your very eyes on their cold-griddle, then scrape it into neat rolls, and top it with whatever you want. Current flavour options include fresh fruit, mascarpone, and Oreo, but XO Supperclub’s got us thinking about what other kind of rolls you might be able to get a cheeseburger into…

Read our full lowdown of this month’s Trinity Kitchen lineup.