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Union Square Bar And Kitchen, Leeds
Graham Clark, Features Writer
The people behind the Queens Arcade Pizzeria Simpatico Pizza have recently opened a new bar and kitchen - Union Square situated at the top end of the Merrion Centre in Leeds.

It would be ideal if you were visiting an event at Leeds Arena which is just across the road. Styled on a New York Pizzeria there is a bar area downstairs where you can also dine, whilst upstairs there are more seats with a view of the open kitchen. When the warmer weather comes the outdoor seating area will come into its own.

We visited on a quiet Wednesday evening and although there were a few other diners the place did feel to have a buzz about it. There are plenty of cocktails to choose from and they serve a deep rich Americano coffee which didn't seem to be on the drinks menu. Although there is a coffee chain opposite I felt that perhaps they still should advertise the coffee more as to me it is far superior to the competition.

Food is ordered at the bar though thankfully your food is served at your table.

Spinach and Ricotta pizza
The pizzas though seem to be the main attraction - there are 10 options to choose from.

My partner went for the Spinach and Ricotta pizza, priced at £9.50. It looked like it had come from Lucca, not Leeds. With more cheese than a Keith Lemon show and more spinach than Popeye could eat, it was certainly loaded up well. Tasty, hot and authentic with a base that was true Italian, it did not disappoint.

I went for the CBGB burger that had a beef patty that was thicker than a Yorkshireman's wallet. Served with pepperoni, cheese, pizza sauce, lettuce, tomato and gherkin it was the true taste of America. Priced at £9.50. Fries are extra at £1.00, though if you want a bigger portion you can order a £2.50 helping.

CBGB Burger with Onion rings
Pizza and 4 pints of lager or a bottle of house wine are £20.00 which is a deal that sounds good value.

They do not really seem to do desserts which is an area they could look at though we finished off with a strawberry yogurt.

Helpful and friendly staff added to the experience. It's an easy going place, casual and on trend.

Union Square Bar and Kitchen, 19 Merrion Way, Leeds LS2 8BT
Telephone 0113 244 3000
http://www.unionsquareleeds.co.uk/

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Union Square Bar And Kitchen, Leeds, 14th March 2019, 9:53 AM