Restaurant review: Toast, West Point, Leeds

Toast bar and restaurant , Wellington Street, Leeds
Toast bar and restaurant , Wellington Street, Leeds
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THE last time Little Oliver popped into this bar/eaterie just off Wellington Street in the city centre he’d been tipped off about their ‘build your own platter’ deal.

THE last time Little Oliver popped into this bar/eaterie just off Wellington Street in the city centre he’d been tipped off about their ‘build your own platter’ deal.

This allows you to choose your personal collection of grazing foods. Three price tags for three different amounts of bundles – you can choose from four, six or eight different things ranging from chorizo to pancetta, gorgonzola to humous. All very nice and pretty good value it was too.

More than a year on and we wanted to see if Toast was still up to scratch and sample some of the other dishes on the menu.

The line-up includes everything you would expect: sandwiches (quite pricey with most over a fiver)

A handful of salads priced around £6 to £8 and some pretty impressive pizzas, burgers and mains, most starting at £6 and a few topping a tenner.

It’s not expensive, nor is it budget dining, but the surroundings go a long way towards compensating. Toast is a very cosmopolitan hangout and adapts well as either somewhere to grab a post-work pint or somewhere you could come for a bite to eat. It doesn’t feel terribly conducive to full-on dining since it’s a little too big and bar-orientated.

We found that service was effected by the fact that staff were frequently preoccupied behind the bar rather than patrolling the main floor.

Our food options were pretty good – the vegetable soup was tasty enough even if the flavour of pepper dominated. My dining partner had the mini-mezze selection of humous, pitta bread, olives and feta cheese which was generous and nicely presented.

The final tab was just over £9, but expect to pay closer to the £15/£20 mark, perhaps more depending on what you choose to eat - and what you choose to drink.

Toast isn’t spectacular, it has to be said, but if you want reasonable food and a not unreasonable price it’s a pretty safe bet.

rating: 3/5

Portugese custard tart. PIC: Tony Johnson.

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