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Limeyard Restaurant, White Rose Centre, Leeds
Graham Clark, Features Writer
The White Rose Centre has recently opened 6 new restaurants which are in a new extension to the shopping centre. Later this autumn a new cinema will open which is adjacent to the new restaurants.

You probably will have not heard of Limeyard, I never had until my visit. The restaurant is part of a new chain which so far is only in the south of the country, the new Leeds restaurant is the furthest north they have ventured so far.

Inside the restaurant
The theme is that of an all day Californian kitchen with the decor inside having a feel of California. I half expected the Beach Boys to be playing as we entered the restaurant, however it wasn't to be with the music being more current.

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The atmosphere is a lively, upbeat one which you might think would just appeal to a younger clientele, not so - during our visit the age range went from early 20's to those in their 70's.

It was pleasing to see a jug of cold water put on our table without having to ask. Naturally as in all these new restaurants, there is a Cocktail bar that has what they call the Lime Time Happy Hour, when two of the same cocktails are £5.95 each between 5pm and 7pm daily.

The menu is very extensive with appetisers such as Salt and Pepper Crispy Squid (£5.95) and Sweetcorn Tamale Cake (£5.50).

Main plates include Roasted Miso Salmon (£12.50), Crispy Duck Leg (£13.95) and House Roasted 1/4 Chicken (£12.50).

Pulled pork nachos
I went for dishes off the a la carte menu, starting with the Pulled Pork Nachos at £6.95. There were a lot of nachos but sadly not enough pulled pork. For me the two items should have been served in equal amounts.

My main of Bacon Double Cheeseburger (£14.95) was tasty but it was the taste of the Monterey Jack cheese that made the burgers taste better. On their own the burgers, I felt were a little bland. The side of house seasoned fries however, were excellent.

Slow baked lemon and vanilla cheesecake
My sweet of slow baked lemon and vanilla cheesecake was delicious.

My sister made the better choice of going for the lunch and early evening set menu, served Monday to Friday from 12pm to 7pm, with two courses priced at £9.95 and three courses at £11.95.

I thought the portions would be small, not at all - they were just as big as the dishes I chose off the a la carte menu.

The starter of Sweetcorn Tamale Cake which is suitable for vegetarians was thought to be good quality, whilst the main of Flattened Rump Steak (this carries a £2.50 supplement) served with seasoned fries was cooked to perfection and was described as "perfect".

Flattened rump steak and fries
A sweet of hot baked apple and cinnamon pie was copious, tasty and served with vanilla ice cream. A superb end to a good quality meal which for 3 courses was excellent value. Highly recommended.

I only wish I had gone for the set menu instead of choosing off the a la carte menu!

With so many restaurants opening they have found a gap in the market. The menu is certainly different, the service was friendly and attentive and overall it was an experience that I would repeat again, but next time go for the lunch or early evening menu.

Limeyard Restaurant,
White Rose Shopping Centre,
www.limeyardrestaurants.com

Limeyard Restaurant, White Rose Centre, Leeds, 1st September 2017, 14:37 PM