Restaurant Review: Lazy Lounge, Wellington Street, Leeds

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IT may be tucked away at the foot of one of Leeds’s biggest apartment blocks, but that hasn’t stopped the owners of Lazy Lounge from making an effort.

Having just celebrated its second birthday, the bar is still concentrating on promoting wines from around the world, with a club, tasting sessions and even an A to Z of YouTube videos – but despite the focus on the drink, the food isn’t half bad either.

As you might expect from its name, Lazy Lounge is an advocate of the “take your time and put your feet up” mantra, with customers encouraged to watch the world go by with a bottle of wine, while perhaps enjoying a bite to eat.

But the decor is far from lazy, with large black crystal-effect chandeliers hanging from the tall ceilings, comfy leather sofas, lamps scattered around and, strikingly, an enormous copy of Johann Vermeer’s famous painting Girl with A Pearl Earring hanging from the main wall.

Some effort has also gone into creating the lunch and evening menus, which include everything from steak, salads, burgers and sandwiches on the lunchtime menu – served between 12 noon and 2pm – and more extravagant dishes like pan-fried calves liver and champagne shrimp pasta on the evening menu.

Despite being tempted by the 6oz Yorkshire reared rump steak with chunky chips, Cajun onion rings and herby butter, my dining partner and I decided to share sandwiches and a side order of chips during our visit to the venue on a quiet Monday lunchtime.

For our fillings, we opted for the beer battered haddock goujons with chunky tartare sauce (£5.25) and the sausage, cheddar cheese and homemade apple chutney (£5.75), both served in a white ciabatta teacake with dressed salad garnish and plain crisps.

When a venue is quiet – there were only about three other customers there and none of them were eating – it can be hard to know what to expect from the food. It may arrive beautifully cooked and presented because the chef has more time and energy to prepare it; or it may be sloppy and unpleasant because the chef is feeling bored and uninspired. Thankfully, on our visit, the former proved to be true.

The dishes arrived after a reasonably short wait and both were delicious and well-presented, with even the salad tasting fresh.

For me, the batter on the fish was slightly soft and seemed a bit underdone - but my dining partner was happy with it, so perhaps that’s down to personal taste.

In contrast, the sausage sandwich was divine, with the apple chutney creating a sweet flavour which sat perfectly with the meat. All in all, the perfect lazy lunch.

Served with a diet coke and an orange juice and a pot of tea – after all, we were being lazy – the total bill came to £23.35, which is quite good value.

It may be aiming to appeal to wine lovers, but Lazy Lounge also serves up some pretty good food which is well worth trying.

RATING: 4/5

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