The Restaurant is a place that a lot of people seem to like. None of those people are us.
The building that houses it used to be the post office and is undeniably beautiful. Its spacious beer garden in the heart of City Square also adds some appeal. We enjoyed watching the sun set behind the newly renovated Majestic and reflecting off the other sites of central Leeds. Beyond that, however, The Restaurant just doesn’t offer anything that appeals to us.
The most popular item on the menu seems to be pretentiousness, followed up by expensive cocktails (£7.50) and the worst beer selection we’ve seen so far. Their fridge includes Cusqueña as a tease, but as it was £4 a bottle we deferred instead to a Tetley’s and Moretti on tap. And even those were £2.50 for a half pint! (Side note: a full pint would have cost us £3.95. Bad maths also turn us off.)
The interior design of The Restaurant targets local and visiting business people who want to come to a place that seems smart and cool. Everything is made of chrome and and looks shiny, including the bartenders. And despite there being six of them, it took us quite a long time to get served, possibly owing to the fact that we clearly looked like we didn’t belong there. We made a narrow escape out of the sea of suits and loud conversations to sit outside — about the only place there is to sit.
In short, while it successfully caters to a certain clientele, The Restaurant just isn’t our cup of overpriced mediocre lager.