Let me paint a picture for you. Trinity, Leeds City Centre, a Saturday afternoon, at the end of January; what can only be described as chaos. Now this is my nightmare at the best of times but with a 5 month old and a pram in hand it was the ultimate double blow.
We looked at Restaurants everywhere, somewhere that we could take a pram and sit and have lunch. Giraffe was packed, TGI Fridays was again very busy. We stood and waited outside Cielo Blanco but no-one seemed to acknowledge us at all (which is a shame because they used to be pretty good but won’t be going back again now!)
Anyway, this isn’t a tale of woe; in fact it is a tale of absolute glory.
Weak, tired and defeated we decided to head back to the car, using the lift by Trinity Kitchen when we spotted a place on our left (or right depending on which way you were standing). This place was called Cabana.
I had a slight hangover so the idea of a smoothie had already sold the idea to me, and my dry mouth had finally decided to stop punishing me for the night before. (I’m sure it wasn’t this bad 5 years ago…)
We were welcome by a lovely; possibly, American lady who seated us where we were comfortable and made sure we knew about the specials and took our drinks order. My better half was on some sort El Draco cocktail and I went for a Super Saco; I could not feel my hangover when I left! Bonus.
We both decided to go for the Pichana Burgers, even though the menu took into consideration skewers and racks of ribs if I remember correctly. We also got the Parmesan and Wild Honey as we waited.
The service was absolutely top notch – probably the best waiting on I’ve come across in Leeds. Attentive, friendly, fast, happy, nothing seemed to be a problem, this by itself would have enough to have sold the restaurant but the food was amazing!
This is a restaurant that wasn’t particularly busy, but given time it will become one of the big players in Leeds.
As a great chef once said, customers don’t pay with money, they pay with their feet.
I can absolutely guarantee that my feet will be going through the door to Cabana once more.
Well played Cabana. Well played.