Leeds - The Light - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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Located in The Light shopping centre with many other eateries and shops in The Light, but hundreds more just a few minutes walk away around Leeds City Centre (including a Vue cinema in The Light).

The Light has its own car park, but there are quite a number of car parks dotted around only a few minutes away. The rates vary from place to place and also offer cheaper weekend rates, so check before you go. Leeds Station is also only a few minutes walk away too.

Arrived at 1pm on Saturday afternoon and it was maybe 3/4 full. About 10-12 tables 'outside' with a further 30 or so inside. There are some booths in the raised seating area on the left wall as you go in, but then generally tables/chairs at the front and the back of the restaurant (behind the sauces/drinks section at the back).

The decor is nice. A high ceiling with movie/theatre style lighting on most of it - albeit many of the bulbs had gone and not been replaced, with artwork dotted around the walls. The walls are pretty high (because of the high ceiling) - and, although there is a set/piece of artwork generally on each wall, they are too small. Maybe larger piece or two items on each wall wouldn't make the wall seem quite so bare. Toilets were located at the back and were very clean indeed.

There was no wait for a table or to order, but a just under a 15 minute wait for the food. The staff seemed friendly: there were six staff waiting tables/hosting, so always somebody around and were being polite to customers.

I had a chicken breast fillet burger with a portion of chips and it was really good. The breast was actually bigger then crispy ciabatta, which is the first time I've seen that - and the chips were hot and crispy. Not much sauce on the burger, so had to slather it with table sauce to make up for it - but still tasty.

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