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“Just great”
Review of Create Restaurant - CLOSED

Create Restaurant
Price range: $24 - $66
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: In 2012 Create has won many awards, including The Good Food Guide 2013 Editor's Award for the UKs BEST VALUE FOR MONEY restaurant, a Michelin Guide 2013 Bib Gourmand and the Observer Food Monthly Ethical Restaurant of the Year.Our flagship restaurant in the heart of Leeds offers fantastic food in a lively, friendly atmosphere. Opened in August 2011, the restaurant was developed and is overseen by Richard Walton-Allen, our National Executive Chef. From contemporary decor and furnishings to a menu of modern British classics, we have designed every detail to provide our diners with a unique and memorable experience. Using the best British ingredients and the finest local talent, our restaurant experience ensures you get the best food and the best service. But the Create restaurant is about more than just great food. Every year we train more than 100 people who need a fresh start, helping them make the journey into a job that provides not just income, but dignity and hope.
leeds
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“Just great”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Create was recommended by a friend, who was not wrong. The food on this first visit (surely not the last) was excellent. All of us had as a starter either 'venison in various ways' or shrimp fritters or scallops with 'English chorizo'. If I had to pick a winner it'd be the venison (which I hadn't chosen), but everyone was enthusiastic. Mains: people went for fish pie (good), pheasant breast (rave review) or salted ling poached in a seafood broth (different, delicious, really good work by the chef). Dessert: the chestnut cake with a chestnut sorbet was unusual and brilliant. Wine was OK (quality, value), there was an excellent choice of beers (our beer drinker chose well) and the only little letdown which needs to be improved was the espresso, which tasted hob-stewed.
Very good value - you pay as much or more at some pubs with only a fraction of this quality. We went for a late lunch, and finished mid-afternoon. Only then did we realise they closed from 2.30 to 5.00. So that was why the place had gone quiet! They never told us, and later they said they had plenty of other things to be getting on with while we were enjoying. What nice people! What a change to be made really welcome instead of being served by self-important waiters (you know the sort?), and how marvellous to find a really original menu which was very well focused - enough choice but not too much. Great cooking.

  • Visited November 2012
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Leeds
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Excellent Food, Excellent Service and Excellent Place”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

I've been to create on a number of occasions, and it's been excellent every time. As soon as you enter, you get a friendly welcome with an offer to take your coats. The bar area is nice, with no waiting around. Once at the dining table, the service is prompt and attentive. The menu is great, with lots of crowd-pleasing dishes, but all improved, either with fancy ingredients or a novel twist. Finally, the food itself is excellent. Nothing bad to say at all.

  • Visited November 2012
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Worth visiting”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Very good food, lovely looking dishes, youthful and vibrant environment, great service! A little bit expensive but it's worth supporting as a social enterprise. The desserts are also great. Overall, it is an interesting, artistic and innovative place. We'll definitely visit again.

  • Visited November 2012
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Ilkley, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Enterprising & Contemporary”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

This was my first visit to Create in Leeds and i was blown away. Great food, a contemporary look and excellent service combined to make a quick lunch into a lovely meal.

The menu is contemporary and varied. I could have had half a dozen of the starters and mains but decided on a starter of Butternut squash spelt risotto, sage butter and toasted walnuts. Pretty on the plate and packed with flavours, this was a great success.

For the main course I had corn-fed chicken breast, braised baby gem, potato, pinenut and thyme crumb. Again, pretty on the plate and perfect for lunch. A great combination of flavours and a very good dish that didn't try to hard to impress ... just very good food.

The service was excellent, there's a two course fixed price menu too .... my only complaint is that so many of the desserts were so fabulous that I pigged out and will have to diet for a week.

A gem, right in the centre of Leeds. It is a social enterprise but go there for no other reason than the food!

  • Visited November 2012
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Wakefield, England, United Kingdom
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“good food sham about the interior”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

visited Create on the 18th of nov , the food was of a good standard, the staff very friendly and helpful, great atmosphere and prices were reasonable although drinks a little expensive ... my only bug bear is the interior slight lets the resturant down

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Daveblake
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