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“great grub.. not so great service”

Ambiente Tapas Restaurant
Ranked #59 of 1,950 Restaurants in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Style: lively, classy, stylish and vibrant restaurant in the heart of Leeds’ trendy Calls Lane area Size: 94 covers, plus small bar and balcony Good for: couples, families, large parties, special occasions, working lunches, weekend drinks, casual lunch, formal dinner, access to Calls Wharf, Leeds Armories, Corn Exchange and city centre
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Went to Ambiente for the first time on a Wednesday, had a nice atmosphere and a good amount of people. At first the receptionist/ waitress tried to give us a terrible seat even though there were many free tables for two that were ALOT nicer, especially considering this is a place with a view. So we asked to be moved. After having menus put down we had to wait at least ten mins to have out order taken and that was after having to call over a waitress. Then had to call the waitress over a second time when several mins later our drinks had still not arrived.
Food however was brilliant, comes out when its ready and is fresh and delicious, we had 7 dishes and a seafood platter between the who of us... way too much!!! (£45, bargain!) Was delicious and everything was cooked perfectly. We asked if we could take the remaining food away (loads) which was fine and the provided takeaway boxes.

Overall, service needs to be worked on ALOT it was not busy enough for slow careless service, however the chefs need to be given a round of applause.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Went to this restaurant last Saturday - what a find !
Great menu and a good choice of wines and sherries.
Had the set menu for 2 which was good value and really tasty.Freshly cooked to order.Quiet at the time we went at about 14.30 but we liked that,away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Our table was in a lovely position overlooking the canal.
We will definitely go again and be a bit more adventurous next time .

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Thank Jas J
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Ambiente is a Tapas restaurant with a sherry bar, and is based in an attractive renovated canalside building. Exposed brick work with fairy lights and a circular bespoke open kitchen, while a view of the canal makes it a really atmospheric setting daytime, evening time or night time. It's also above an excellent bar called Calls Landing which is a good base for pre-dinner/post-dinner drinks.

The dishes are all cooked to a very consistent and professional standard. What stands out is the quality of the ingredients involved. No dish had any obvious weaknesses, and although some of the more obvious tapas choices- albondigas (meatballs) and patatas bravas lack the panache and enthusiasm that would elevate them from the usual, most of the other tapas dishes are standout and superior to tapas in most places in the country. Really tasty. I would recommend even the meat and cheese for the starters as the combinations of manchego cheese, quince, serrano ham is just fantastic. The only fault I could find was with the fried whitebait which became a bit dull as it went along. A re-jig of the fish dishes could make the place even better. For instance, switching the whitebait for cuttlefish would make it more authentic and immediately tastier. I haven't yet tried the Paella there so can't comment yet.

The service is very efficient without breathing down your neck, and we got some good help matching our wine with the food. It has an excellent list of sherries but sadly I haven't and don't think I will acquire that particular taste for now!

The restaurant is fairly expensive, above average in terms of costs but I am confident to say you will feel it was was good value afterwards. I really hope Ambiente continues into the future with the same enthusiasm and standard it possesses now.

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

This is a great tapas restaurant with a number of imaginative dishes. We ordered around 8 dishes for 4 people. The main difficulty was trying to choose what to have from the tempting list! My favourite was the black pudding scotch eggs. We had a couple of jugs of sangria to accompany the meal which made a change from the usual wine and beer.

The service and atmosphere were great, and the price very reasonable. We'll definitely be back.

My ony criticism is that the restaurant was quite cold, with draught from the door.

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Went as a party of 5 on a busy Saturday evening. The staff were right on the ball advising on the number of dishes required for the number in our party. I've eaten tapas many times in Spain and the selection and quality at Ambiente was right up there with the best. The lamb in one of the dishes was tough and chewy but was taken off the bill immediately and without question. A very good experience all round- Will certainly recommend to others and will be back there ourselves.

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