Review: Cafe Enzo, Leeds

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CAFE Enzo on Kirkstall Road, almost directly opposite the Vue cinema complex, continues to deliver consistently good food and service.

It’s not the first time Little Oliver has crossed its threshold and judging by our last visit, it wont be the last.

The cafe itself is a real destination and word about it spread a long time ago. It’s not uncommon, for example, to glimpse the odd Leeds Rhinos player sat tucking into one of their hearty (and it has to be said healthy) meals.

The present cafe took over from the former Fat Chops, which also made a name for itself (and some people still call it that), so they’ve obviously got the right destination. But it takes more than just being in the right place to make a name for yourself and this is something the owners of Cafe Enzo are clearly aware of.

As soon as you enter the little eaterie, you are set at your ease with the simple, clean appearance. Dark wooden floors complement the black leather couches and short flight of steps leads to a raised dining area bedecked with wooden tables and chairs and a leather cushioned bench running along one wall.

You are greeted with smiles when you enter and staff waste no time in finding you a place to sit. It’s location also means it’s a great place to watch the world go by, secure in the knowledge you’ve managed to escape the rat-race, if only for a short time.

Nothing seems too much trouble here and there’s a sense of ‘simplicity is best’. Take the menu, which comes in a neat little leather-bound wallet. It consists of less than a dozen pages but manages to squeeze in all you’d ever need from a cafe, from a full English to spaghetti carbonara and if it’s something a little less calorific you desire, they have a selection of healthy options too, including bruschetta and a great range of salads.

Little Oliver also noted they now also have a licence, meaning if you fancy a beer or wine, you can.

Facebook is awash with positive reviews of Cafe Enzo – it really has been adopted by the local community, many of whom consider it ‘their local’.

Considering the cafe opened at the start of 2013, this bodes well for the future. Little Oliver can only heap praise on the staff there, for their consider approach and excellent customer service. Everything is done with a smile, nothing is too much trouble and if you ask for something a little different, as we did when we visited, they seem more than happy to oblige. We had spaghetti carbonara, very reasonably priced at £4.95, and bruschetta, wich was wonderfully fresh, which together with drinks of coffee and tea, all came in at under £10. Great service, great food and value for money to boot.

Address: Kirkstall Road, Leeds

Rating: 5/5