Six by Nico announces opening date for new Leeds city centre restaurant

Six by Nico will be opening on East Parade in Leeds city centre next month.

The acclaimed restaurant has announced on its website that doors will open on East Parade to the public on Monday 3 July 2023.

Bookings are yet to be made available, but you can sign up to the mailing list to get first access to the dates once they go live.

If you’re unfamiliar with Six By Nico, it’s already a popular fixture in nearby Manchester – serving up a different themed tasting menu to diners every six weeks.

two taster plates.
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two plates.

Now, it appears it’s also got its sights set on Leeds as bosses reveal plans to open the first Yorkshire site in July.

The brainchild of Scottish chef Nico Simone, the eponymous restaurant chain has proven a hit with locals and tourists across the country for its affordable themed tasting menus.

Previous hit menus at Six by Nico include its Chippy Tea, which offered a unique take on the traditional fish and chip shop dinner, its Fairytale menu, and its Alice In Wonderland-inspired supper with a hot mushroom consomme ‘tea’ and edible sugar paper menus.

dessert plate.
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meat plate.

First founded by Scottish chef Nico Simone in the Finnieston area of Glasgow in 2017, today Six By Nico has ten sites across the UK. The new Manchester and Leeds site will mark 12 in total for the group.

Speaking on the new opening, chef Nico said: “We are very excited to be bringing the taste of Six by Nico to Leeds! The city has become a real foodie destination over recent years, which makes it the ideal location for us in the heart of Yorkshire.

“We pride ourselves on originality – Six by Nico is founded based on a carefully curated and ever-evolving tasting menu, which combines different ingredients, flavours, and dishes, drawing inspiration from Yorkshire, the UK, as well as abroad.

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“The aim is to bring memories and stories together, to create a brand-new dining experience every six weeks.

“We can’t wait to open our doors, and to be bringing a truly unique and unforgettable culinary experience to the people of Leeds and Yorkshire.”

Prior to opening Six By Nico, its eponymous head chef ran another restaurant called 111 in Kelvinside. However, following the pandemic, chef-owner Nico gifted this to a young Senegalese man who worked his way up from kitchen porter to head chef at the establishment.

His original restaurant is now known as 111 by Modou, in homage to its new owner Modou Diagne.

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Speaking on the change at the time, Nico Simone told The Herald Scotland: “The time feels right, both for myself and Modou. This has been a personal dream of mine since meeting Modou in 2014, not only getting to know him as a close colleague, but he has become like family to me.

“Six by Nico is going from strength to strength, and as such there are increasing requirements for my energy to continue that development. There is no one I trust more to hand the reins to than Modu.”

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