Byron Burger

It’s Friday, it’s been a long week. That just means one thing, going out for food and a couple of drinks.

Tonight we fancied somewhere chilled and settled on Byron Burger, a relaxed burger chain that, as their logo states,  serves proper burgers.

We got there, were seated quickly and, like the kids that we are, both ordered one of their shakes. I went for the Reese’s peanut butter shake and Amy an oreo one, both were delicious, made with proper ice cream and so thick that you could eat them with a spoon!

Burger wise, Amy settled on a standard Byron Burger and I was a little more adventurous and went for their current special, the Cluckosaurux Rex. Each month or so they rotate these specials and you should always expect something a little different.


The messy creation pictured above contained a fried chicken breast, onion ring, bacon, cheese, jalapenos, pickles, BBQ sauce and mayo. It was a bit difficult to eat and I ended up with hands covered in toppings but it didn’t matter as the flavours were great.

The only downside of the meal was the sides – I opted for the bacon and cheese fries (yeah I fancied being healthy tonight) and wasn’t that impressed to be honest! We also had a portion of sweet potato fries and these were unfortunately a little soft, I’m sure I’m not the only one that likes them crispy!

I’ve recently been to Almost Famous and couldn’t help but compare the two – despite a lovely meal with friendly staff, you still can’t beat Almost Famous in my eyes!

Where’s your favourite place for a burger? Let me know in the comments!




Died and gone to Indian street food heaven?!

I had heard great things about the Cats Pyjamas in Headingley and despite being a massive curry fan I hadn’t managed to visit it myself.

When they branched out and opened a city centre restaurant I knew I had to give it a go. Located on Eastgate, the restaurant is split across two floors, with a restaurant on the ground floor and more of a bar area upstairs.

We sat downstairs and as soon as I looked at the menu I realised it was one of those places that I would have ordered everything off the menu given the chance. Before taking a stab at the food menu I set about picking a beer, with a wide selection of bottled beers and a number of guest beers on offer there is something for everyone. In the end I was pretty boring and settled for a pint of Kingfisher, priced at £4.30, not awful for a pint in city centre.

After ordering drinks we set about tackling the food menu, there was a mix of old Indian favourites as well as a few unique creations, all with a street food twist.

We opted for poppadoms and a chutney tray to start followed by a number of dishes to share. From the starter menu we chose onion bhajis, Kolkata chaat, chicken 65 and a chicken tikka massala main with pilau rice and a peshwari naan.

The portions size are very generous and the flavours of each dish seemed better than the last. Either everything at Cats Pyjamas is really good or we ordered very very well, all of our dishes tasted absolutely amazing. 

I won’t bore you with individual reviews of all our dishes but I have picked a couple of my favourites.

Kalkuta Chaat

I chose this as I fancied trying something different and was not left disappointed. Chaat is one of the most popular street foods in India and this take on the chickpea salad was packed full of varied textures and flavours. For something a little different I would definitely recommend ordering this.

Chicken 65

Again I didn’t order this based on past experience,  I was obviously in the mood to broaden my horizons. The crispy fried chicken was absolutely delicious, with chilli and ginger I feel you are always on to a winning formula and I was left wanting more.

I know I’ve only picked a couple of dishes here but I can assure you that it all tasted amazing. Even the rice and bread went above and beyond the usual flavours you would expect.

I know I will be going back and urge you visit if you haven’t been already. Next on the list for me is Bundobust, can’t believe I’ve lived in Leeds for over a year and still not visited.

Let me know your favourite Indian in Leeds, I’m always on the look out for a new venue to try. 

Combining my love of coffee and cycling

I’ve always loved cycling and when I moved to Leeds I worried I wouldn’t be able to get out much. I’m not a super keen road cyclist that goes out for 100miles at a time, I just enjoy getting out and seeing new places while getting a few miles under my belt.

I bought my girlfriend a bike for Christmas last year, only for both bikes to be stolen from my flat car park just 2 months later (that’s another story). We did replace these however and planned a ride in early June, it just so happened that around this time the Commute Cycle Cafe in Ilkley was opening up.

We planned to visit the cafe on its opening weekend and so set off early one Saturday morning. My only guidance was the maps on my phone and a hastily cobbled together paper map. Despite having to navigate some pretty serious hills and losing the route a number of times we eventually made it to Ilkley and found the cafe.

It was really busy with a number of cycle groups already in. The owners were really helpful, moving chairs and ensuring that our bikes were safe and secure. The decor was really minimalist with bare walls and hanging lights, but it really worked and suited the laid back atmosphere.

We ordered a tea and coffee to begin with and sat and watched people come and go. It was incredibly busy but it was great to see the young owner taking time to speak to all the customers.

We sat for so long that I then got tempted by the food. I tried one of the pasties that they had on offer (I regret to say I’ve waited so long to write this blog that I’ve completely forgotten the flavour). I can assure you that I’ve not forgotten quite how tasty it was.

After travelling over a number of unexpected hills on the way there we were considering going back on the train. We spoke with the owners and a couple of the customers who were only too happy to advise on a easier route. My girlfriend was also in need of a new helmet at the time and the guys were only too happy to help as they also sell a variety of bikes and biking accessories.

Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Ilkley, cyclist or not! 

Any places within cycling distance of Leeds that anyone can recommend would be much appreciated!

The best Thai food in Leeds?

Disclaimer – I will be quite likely to make regular statements like this is  ‘the best’ and ‘my favourite’… I haven’t explored everywhere in Leeds (yet) and just get a bit carried away.

Anyway, I went to Zaap for the first time about a year ago on the recommendation from a friend. I’ve since been back a handful of times and never been disappointed.

You walk in and will be greeted by one of the incredibly friendly members of staff. Whatever time or day I’ve been I have never seen it empty. Whether it’s a Monday evening or a Sunday lunchtime you should always expect a short wait for a table but with a great selection of drinks on offer you can always wait with a Thai beer!

Yesterday, being a Friday evening, it was super busy and we were told the table would be half an hour. We decided to pop a little further up Merrion Street for a cocktail in Pit (why not when they’re 2-4-1).

After a quick drink we timed it perfectly to return to the restaurant and be seated at our table, to the annoyance of a few waiting inside! We are still yet to sit in one of the tuk tuk tables but imagine you need to request them!

For the first timer, the menu might be quite daunting, with such a wide selection and the requirement to read past the Thai writing. Once you’ve worked out where the starters, rice dishes, noodles etc are then it’s more exciting than terrifying! 

I’ve previously ordered  the chicken massamam curry, which comes served with their trademark sticky rice! The curry is absolutely incredible and like all their food tastes really really fresh.

Yesterday I went for something a little different and tried the crispy belly pork. For only £8.50 you get a very good sized porition of meat, that was cooked to perfection. My only criticism is that with the rice as well it is quite dry. This is a personal criticism however, as I love a lot of sauce on my food, I tend to drown the majority of my meals.

I would absolutely not hesitate in recommending Zaap. A must try, you’ll be sure to return! 

As I said at the top, Zaap may not be the best, but it is bloody good. That said, I am always open to trying new places so just let me know where I should try.

A Full Yorkshire Breakfast

One of the best things about living in the city centre is that you are never more than a 5minute walk from a good quality meal. There is no better time to take advantage of this than on a Saturday morning. You’ve made it to the weekend and what better way to kick it off than a proper breakfast?! 

One such Saturday morning and we went out in search of breakfast and happened to stumble across Wapentake. Without meaning to you could very easily walk past this cafe, come bakery, come bar as it is sandwiched between an indescript hairdressers on one side and a tattoo parlour on the other.

Once inside and you instantly fall in love with the place. The staff are always friendly and the mismatched furniture gives off a vintage and antiquey vibe (if such a vibe even exists).

‘A full Yorkshire breakfast’ immediately jumped off the menu at me, partly because I love a full English but mainly because I’m trying to blend in as a Northerner. They boast on their website that they wanted to create a little piece of Yorkshire by combining a bakery, cafe and bar and if the breakfast is anything to go by then they certainly succeeded. 


The presentation is top class and with chorizo sausages and poached eggs to die for the taste does not disappoint. I consider myself a big breakfast fan and so this next statement will probably shock you, as much as it did me.

The best bit about the breakfast was the bread.

Yes, you heard me, not the chorizo sausages, not the perfectly timed eggs but the bread. Freshly baked on site each day they obviously put a lot of effort in to to ensuring the bread fits in with their taste of Yorkshire breakfast. I’ve since found out they also sell the bread to takeaway, I’ll definitely be back to get a loaf or two! 

I know what your thinking, this can’t get any better can it? Well it can, because the coffee they serve is some of the best in Leeds. True to form it’s sourced in Yorkshire, from Coffeecare, a family run business based in Skipton.

If you haven’t been to Wapentake I would definitely recommend trying it out and I’ll hopefully have a review of their evening offering soon! 

My first visit to La Bottega Milanese

I visited La Bottega Milanese (the one in The Light) after hearing good things about the coffee and as part of a project with @DiscoverLeeds.
I was immediately greeted with a friendly smile and warm welcome from the woman behind the counter. I chose a flat white and my partner a hot chocolate. The attention to detail on both the coffee and hot chocolate was incredible, having watched the drinks being made I could tell that the staff were incredibly passionate about the coffee as a great deal of care was taken with each. There is a wooden bench that runs the length of the store, it was surprisingly comfy and we were happy to sit just over an hour. I sampled a second drink, this time opting for an Americano and was once again impressed with its presentation. It is a good test of the coffee to drink it black as I often find some are over powering and require sugar or milk. The coffee was obviously incredibly high quality with a delicate taste and La Bottega Milanese coffee definitely lives up to its reputation for the best coffee in Leeds.

I spoke to the manager in between him serving other customers – always impressive to see a manager getting stuck in. He informed me that all coffee was roasted in Yorkshire and blended in house to retain the original flavours while adding their own Italian touch and they offer guest coffees from independent UK roasteries. The owner, Alex, opened the shop (originally on the Calls) after he noticed a gap in the market for good quality coffee in Leeds. His mantra is “if it’s not from Italy, it’s from Yorkshire” and this it not only represented in the coffee but also the fact that bread is from an independent baker and much of their produce is sourced from Leeds Markets.
Well worth a visit, I will be going back soon to try out one of their tasty looking sandwiches.

Take two

As you will clearly see from the gap between this article and the one before I struggled to maintain momentum on the regular blogs.

I think in my first post I even vowed to blog once a day, well over 300 days without posting and I’m back!

I’ve now lived in Leeds for over year and absolutely love it. I’m going to make up for the shitty year of no blogs and attempt to back date a few restaurant/bar/cafe reviews. As a self confessed foodie my recollection of food and drink is fairly good so my back dating should be okay *fingers crossed*.

I’m also lucky that I take photos and so have a few visual reminders to prompt my year’s blogging. You can check out some of the pictures that I’ve taken on my Instagram @LostInLeeds23 .