Tortilla in Leeds Trinity shopping centre boasts fresh food and a modern design.
Priding it self in making all food fresh and in-house every day, Britain’s Best Mexican Restaurant serves up a Californian take on Mexico offering delicious organic burritos (naked and dressed) and tacos.
A spokesperson for Tortilla said:
“These aren’t the heavy, deep-fried, sit-down meals that have given Mexican food such a bad name in Britain. Instead let us introduce to you Mexican cuisine fresh and light enough that you can enjoy it as an everyday option, inexpensive enough that you can afford to and delicious enough that you’ll want to.”
The main contractors for the project, which was completed in January, were Space Tailors. The award-nominated design of the restaurant was done by Fusion DNA, a London based architect group with experience in all sectors of hospitality design. Taking inspiration from the Californian edge of the menu, the interior comes complete with oak finishes, neon lights and industrial piping and cage style storage.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality about designing Tortilla, Mark Christy, an associate at Fusion DNA said:
“Tortilla’s look is very industrial and easy going, in true Californian style. The whole brand is based around the idea of relaxed eating and drinking, so we had to work with that as a concept. We went for bold signage, to catch the eyes of potential customers and to familiarise customers with the brand, as this was the first restaurant outside of London.”
The design of the branch has a laid back feel whilst still being interesting and including intricate attention to detail.
“The rusty ‘cube’ hangs within the circular timber clad server counter. The ‘cube’ is broken into a grid of smaller panels, some back illuminated fret cut panels, some with applied stencil graphics. A suspended mesh ‘cage’ follows the line of the curved counter overhead and is used to locate the main brand signage, menu and house neon signs. The cage structure provides the fixings for the directional and decorative lighting as well as providing much needed storage.”
The award winning design company Fusion DNA were nominated within the early stages of the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards. Speaking about their nomination for Tortilla, Mark said:
“It was great for us to be nominated; we put in a lot of hard work for all of our projects and Tortilla was no exception. It’s nice that we were recognised for what we did.”
Tortilla boasts fresh and healthy burritos and tacos in keeping with the design.
The brand puts emphasis on their menu containing no nasty ingredients and only the highest quality dishes. All of the toppings and fillings are made from scratch sourcing only the highest provenance meats and only the best quality ingredients. Nothing is frozen. The menu also shows off no outsourcing, no lard, Monterey Jack cheese, freshly prepared Hass guacamole, meat cooked throughout the day to ensure freshness and the store receive fresh deliveries of ingredients six days a week. Tortilla also has been awarded two stars by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) showing their commitment to their food sourcing, waste management and operation procedures, as well the materials and finishes used within their designs and fit-outs.
The branch in question is located in Leeds largest shopping centre, home to a number of fashion and lifestyle outlets including Topshop, Mamas and Papas, Foot Locker, Apple, Hollister, Next, Office and Marks and Spencer. The shopping centre is home to a number of restaurants, cafes and bars as well as the Trinity Kitchen area; where Tortilla is situated amongst Pizza Luxe, Notes and Chicago Rib Shack, as well as 360 Champagne and Cocktail bar.
For more information on Tortilla please visit www.tortilla.co.uk
Mass Concrete specialise in bespoke aesthetic concrete products for both retail and hospitality sectors. The company has been in operation since 2000.
Client brands include Stella McCartney, Hilton Hotels, Nandos (over 100 Restaurants completed), Jamies Italian, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Cath Kidston, Reiss and Urban Outfitters. Working with Tortilla, Mass Concrete provided the curved counter tops for the main serving area.
Abi Jeans, Business Development Manager, said:
“It’s important for us to build and maintain a strong working relationship with clients. Mass Concrete has worked on several other Tortilla restaurants and continues to work closely with the main architects, Fusion DNA, on a variety of other exciting projects.”
“Our array of concrete textures, patterns and colours provide designers with plenty of scope for vision and originality. MASS will always go beyond what is expected and most of our orders come from repeat business.”
Antique Oak Flooring
Antique Oak Flooring specialise in the supply of antique and reclaimed wood flooring for period and historic restoration as well as innovative commercial instillation. The company have been in operation for 14 years. During this time, Antique Oak Flooring has worked on projects with Nando’s, Vivo, Ben Sherman, Wagamama’s and Lush.
Working on Tortilla at Trinity Kitchen, Antique Oak Flooring supplied Victorian reclaimed floorboards and French oak flooring.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine, Bob Lovell, managing director of Antique Oak Flooring said:
“This is the first time that Antique Oak Flooring has worked on a Tortilla restaurant; we look forward to working on any more projects. It’s always exciting to work on something new and to build up working relationships with clients.”
“We pride ourselves in providing high quality materials from various parts of the world, giving us a much wider scope that relying on domestic demolition.”