Frankie & Benny's, Centre 27, Geldard Road, Leeds, WF17 9TB
Centre 27, Geldard Road, Leeds, WF17 9TB
Frankie and Benny's is a chain of restaurants and bars serving what is described as New York Italian food. The food mostly consists of pizzas, pastas, burgers, grills, wraps and salads, although this is not the complete list.
This branch of Frankie and Benny's is located on the recreation part of the Centre 27 estate in Birstall, just of the M62 at Junction 27. There are a number of other restaurants and fast food places in the same area.
There are four different menus available; the Breakfast Menu from 9 AM to 12 PM daily, the Specials Menu available all day from Sunday to Friday, the Lunch Menu available from 11 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday, and the Main Menu.
This restaurant was visited on a Sunday lunchtime. Although not empty and most of the tables were occupied, it was nowhere near capacity. Most of the kitchen is actually visible from inside the restaurant itself.
The menu chosen was the Specials Menu. This offered two courses for £10.95, with the option to upgrade to three courses for an additional £2.25. Many of the dishes on this menu were not available on the main menu, although there were some that were similar.
The drink chosen was a glass of Coca Cola. This was served draught, and was typical for a draught soft drink. Unlike the Lunch Menu, the Specials Menu did not offer unlimited free refills.
The starter ordered was Southern Blue Mushroom. This is two oven baked flat mushrooms filled with mozzarella, garlic and breadcrumbs, then served with rocket leaves, a drizzle of balsamic glaze and shavings of Grana Padano, which is an Italian hard cheese similar to Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan. Nice, and cooked just right with just enough glaze - too much can overpower a dish.
The main course was a New Yorker Burger, which is a 6 oz grilled hamburger topped with barbecue sauce, pepper jack cheese, mayo, bacon, Cos lettuce and fresh tomato and served in a toasted sesame seed bun. It comes with chips and a small tub of a tomato and chilli relish.
The tomato was missing from the burger - fortunately, I don't like tomato - and the barbecue sauce wasn't very obvious. Other than that, the burger was very nice, not either over or under done, and the chips were just right.
The dessert was Hot Chocolate Waffle, which is a cinnamon waffle topped with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, pieces of crunchy chocolate honeycomb and chocolate sauce.
This was initially brought out with chocolate ice cream, rather than the vanilla as stated on the menu, possibly because the name is somewhat misleading. However, this was quickly exchanged with no quibbles.
The waffle was fine, and hadn't been overdone as is sometimes the problem with dishes like these.
The meal overall was enjoyable. The waitress was pleasant and cheerful and the mistake with the dessert was corrected without any problem. The Specials Menu is definitely better value for money than the Main Menu; most equivalent main courses on the Main Menu cost about ten pound themselves, and the starters and desserts were in the four to five pound range, so the fixed price of £13.20 was cheaper. The total cost for the meal was £15.95 including the drink of Coke. All the food was brought out quickly, and the empty plates were also removed without wasting time.