My wife and I had lunch outside the city cafe yesterday (Wednesday) lunchtime. It was sunny and warm so there were a few other tables occupied and it was good to be able to enjoy the sun in Leeds. We ordered the "Silver Platter" and a couple of drinks (lime&soda and a pint of lager shandy) at the bar and were told that they'd all be brought to our table. We took a copy of the menu to remind ourselves what came with our platter and took our seats outside.
After around 10 minutes our drinks were brought out, around ten minutes after that the food arrived. On delivering our drinks, the waitress asked whether we still needed the menu, to which we replied that we did - she took it anyway promising to return it in a couple of minutes, she didn't. When the food arrived we had to ask if we could have our menu back and it was eventually returned. The food was brought out on a large tray and placed near us by one of the staff. She then wandered off, leaving someone else to actually bring it to our table. I'm not sure why the original member of staff couldn't have gone the extra 2 metres but as it was our food was left out in the open air for an unnecessary couple of minutes.
Once we got to it, the food was ok. Really nice lamb kofte, an ok but really, very greasy margharita pizza, literally 6 chips, some over seasoned potato wedges and a couple of bits of fish in batter. It was all a bit greasy and there were no condiments or ketchup around.
I feel I also have to mention that City Cafe charge £4.20 for a pint of lager shandy! Four Pounds Twenty Pence, for a pint of shandy!! They also levy a 10% service charge irrespective of how well you were served.
I think it's fair to say that we won't be rushing back here.
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