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The Alchemist Leeds is somewhere me and my friends often go for cocktails. It is a meeting place for us and we spend many a Saturday night in there. It isn’t somewhere I have been for food before. For no real reason, I just haven’t got around to eating there yet. So I happily accepted an invitation to go and try out the menu for myself.
Lunch at The Alchemist Leeds
The Alchemist Leeds is in the Trinity shopping centre. It is on the top floor and the floor to ceiling windows offer incredible views over the city. The restaurant section is really bright and airy and has a mix of traditional tables, booths and bar seats around the windows.
Their menu has everything from tapas style dishes to nibbles and quite bite sandwiches to main meals.
Lunch at The Alchemist Leeds – starters
Both me and Ellie like nibbling sharing starters, so we can have a bit of both. So our first starter is cheese nachos. Nachos with cheese, sour cream, guacamole and salsa. The nachos are warm with lots of gooey cheese on top. There is a really good size portions of sour cream, guac and salsa. All three dips are really tasty and perfect for the nachos. It is a great sharing starter and a really generous portion size.
Our next starter is popcorn chicken, which is £4.75. These are bite size chicken pieces with a southern fried chicken coating. The coating tastes amazing and is really crunchy. The dips from the nachos make a perfect popcorn chicken dip too. Again it was a great portion size and a perfect sharing starter.
Lunch at The Alchemist Leeds – Main courses
For her main course at our lunch at The Alchemist Leeds Ellie chose chilli and rice, which is £10.75. This is chilli con carne with rice, nachos, sour cream and guacamole. It arrives in a really unique tin can and everything is in separate compartments. The chilli is mild, which is perfect for Ellie, but still really tasty and the accompaniments go with it perfectly. It is a large portion size so definitely one for when you are hungry!
I chose the fish finger sandwich, which is £9.00. This is a fish finger sandwich with fries and tartar sauce. Fish finger sandwiches are one of my comfort foods and it is so unusual to find it on a menu. The bread is thick, soft, white and crusty and perfect for the crisp, breaded fish fingers. The homemade tartar sauce is SO good and the skin-on fries are amazing too. There are six fish fingers in the sandwich so again it is another large meal.
Unfortunately both me and Ellie were too full to try out the desserts. I did have my eye on the lemon polenta cake though and I know Ellie would have chosen the chocolate brownies.
Lunch at The Alchemist Leeds – Final thoughts
Having lunch at The Alchemist Leeds is a real treat. Both me and Ellie really enjoyed all of the courses, the food is all delicious. I wasn’t sure whether it would be suitable for Ellie but is definitely perfectly fine for teenagers. It is all really good value for money too, especially considering the portion sizes. Our meal including a drink each came to about £35. Their brunch menu looks amazing so I will definitely be going back soon to try that.
The Alchemist now has 11 branches over the UK, so if you are not close to Leeds there will be one nearer to you.
Have you eaten at The Alchemist before? What would you choose from our dishes?
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*I was invited to The Alchemist in exchange for an honest review. As always this does not influence my opinions and all thoughts and words are my own.