IF you’re grabbing a quick bite to eat in Chapel Allerton, you’re spoiled for choice.
Dotted around the junction of Harrogate Road and Stainbeck Lane are dozens of popular restaurants, from indian eatery Aagrah to the much-loved Mustard Pot.
So when my dining partner and I met up for a quick lunch, it took a good 10 minutes to pick a place.
Eventually we settled for Zed Bar, which is owned by the same company that runs The Arc and The Box in Headingley, to name a couple.
At night it comes to life as a buzzing bar, jam-packed with young professionals who choose the area as an alternative to the city centre nightlife.
So during the day you’d expect it to have that spilled-beer, disinfectant, post-clear up smell that reminds you of what happened the night before. But walking past the outside seating area and in to Zed Bar, the room is light, fresh and airy and most importantly, it’s clean.
The atmosphere is relaxed and several couples with young children and groups of friends are sat in booths and around dark wooden tables.
After choosing our table, we scan the menu and are yet again faced with a difficult decision.
There’s a great selection of sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, pasta, salads and sharing platters that can satisfy the hungriest of diners - as I was about to find out.
In an attempt to satisfy my appetite I went for a King Kong Kirke Burger - not one but two house burgers topped with cheese, salad and tzatziki with sweet potato wedges on the side.
According to the menu, the burger is Leeds Rhino Ian Kirke’s own creation and is apparently ‘low carb’.
My dining partner opted for a sweet chilli chicken sandwich on thick cut, hand sliced white bread with chunky chips.
There are also options that are low in fat and labelled with a glycaemic index for the fitness fanatics among us.
After the hold-up in choosing a destination and then taking time to choose our meals, we were starving.
So as we placed our order at the bar, we made a last-minute decision to order some crunchy crumbed feta sticks with onion jam.
They arrived at the table within minutes are were devoured in seconds.
The jam was deliciously fruity with just the right amount of onion and the feta sticks crunchy on the outside with a warm, slightly gooey middle.
Then came the main courses.
The King Kong Kirke Burger lived up to its name. The two huge burger patties were piled high on top of each other, each one with a small handful of melted cheese on top.
The high-quality meat was incredibly tasty and juicy, with just the right amount of herbs and spices.
Nestled next to the bunless burgers were four enormous sweet potato wedges and a mountain of rocket with cucumber, red onion, tomatoes and a drizzle balsamic vinegar.
This was a case of Oliver having eyes bigger than his stomach.
After chomping through one and half burgers, the wedges and half of the salad, it was time to throw in the towel.
My dining partner also struggled to get through their mammoth-sized portion but it was clear they were chuffed with their choice.
The thick, white bread was fresh and stuffed full of chicken and served neatly on a wooden chopping board with a miniature bucket of chunky chips and a separate pot of sweet chilli sauce.
The service was quick and faultless and the only problem with the food was the portion size.
With two drinks, the bill came to £27.25. Not a cheap lunch by any means but you can guarantee you won’t leave hungry.