Maluko, Leeds


There’s nothing that tantalises my taste buds more than being invited to sample new menus! And a few weeks ago, whilst enjoying a girly shopping day with my mum, that’s exactly what we did.

Maluko are a new Polynesian themed offering in the top end of Leeds City Centre, within The Light shopping complex. The company group (who also own Walkabout) are replacing the chain Bar Risa with this new more fun and colourful bar with the Leeds branch being the tester launch.


So other than the decor face lift, Tiki lounge and a new set of uber-friendly staff – What’s the difference? They are still in the same location, and serve the same drinks – why should this work better than the student’s second favourite (to Tiger Tiger) – Bar Risa?

Well, they have a new food offering – an eclectic menu I was assured was all prepared freshly on site.

The menu was great for lunch time as they have price tiered tapas (as well as all the burgers, pastas and grills you would expect). Tapas menus A, B and C all sounded really really good but with the entire menu and team of staff at our disposal, we opted for one of each dish on menu B:

Chicken and chorizo skewers
Hummous & veg dippers
Crispy duck
Haddock goujons with tartar sauce
Chunky chips
Selection of breads, olives and olive oil

The food was great for a lunch time sitting during a spot of shopping and we were extremely well looked after.

Our host at Maluko explained to me how they would like to attract a more corporate business lunch clientele, and although I think they will struggle to compete with the likes of Bar and Grill, Jamie’s Italian and even Browns for this, their menu is cheap and cheerful enough to win the hearts of many-a-student and more public sector professionals inevitably based at the top end of town around the university and hospital, to keep them coming back for fun food and even funner drinks!

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