Frankie & Benny's, Kingswood Leisure Park, Carter Way, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU7 3DB.
This Frankie & Benny's is on Kingswood Leisure Park, with a number of restaurants and fast food places, as well as shopping and leisure venues nearby, including a Pizza Hut. The restaurant itself has a car park, with much more parking available nearby at the main leisure park. Frankie & Benny's are a chain of restaurants serving New York Italian food.
There are a number of different menus available; the £5 Breakfast Menu which is served from 8:00 AM to 12:00 pm, the Main Menu which is available every day, the 2 courses of £10.95 Specials Menu which is available all day from Sunday to Monday and the Lunch Menu which is available from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Friday. The menu foods consist of pizzas, pastas, burgers, hot dogs, salads, steaks, wraps with a number of house specials and lighter options available.
The restaurant has a bar area and the hot food part of the kitchen opens onto the main dining area, so you can see the food being cooked. It is table service and you are shown to a seat after entering. The location was visited on a Friday lunchtime, and was fairly empty.
Some cutlery is on the table, with extra brought over as required. Some condiments are on the table, with other sauces being available in bottles when asked. The balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil bottles that are on the table, as well as the CDs playing the music, are all available to buy if desired. There is also WiFi available for customers.
The menu ordered from was the Lunch Menu. This menu is one course for £5.95, two courses for £8.25 or three courses for £9.25. There are a range of pasta, pizzas, wraps, salads, hot dogs and burgers, as well as a choice of starters and a smaller choice of desserts on this menu, but much less choice in total than is available on the Main Menu. Unlimited refills of soft drinks are also available for a cost of £2.25. The drinks are a choice of draught Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Schweppes Lemonade or Fanta. Two glasses of Coca-Cola were ordered during the meal and were as good as can be expected from a draught soft drink. The unlimited refills make it better value for money. Three courses of food were ordered.
The starter was Garlic Cheese & Mushrooms. The mushrooms are served in a cheese sauce in a separate dish on the plate, along with two small triangles of toasted garlic ciabatta bread, the whole dusted with chopped parsley. There was a decent number of mushrooms in quite a substantial amount of sauce, but the pieces of bread were fairly small.
The starter was quite tasty, although the bread did not taste that strongly of garlic. The bread had been toasted perfectly though, and hadn't been overdone.
This was a New Yorker Calzone. Calzones are folded pizzas with the ingredients on the inside. This one contained spicy pepperoni, ham, bacon, mushrooms and mozzarella. The outside was brushed with butter and topped with a Neapolitan tomato and herb sauce, as well as some chopped parsley.
The pepperoni in the pizza had quite a strong taste, so this should probably not be picked if you dislike that in pepperoni. The pizza itself was soft, and there was a decent amount of filling in it. There was a fair amount of the Neapolitan sauce, but this did not have to be eaten if it wasn't wanted - together with the sauce inside the pizza, there was quite a lot of it. The pepperoni was the strongest tasting ingredient, but the others could still be tasted.
The dessert seemed to take a surprisingly long time to arrive, given that it was a mostly cold item. This was a Cinnamon Waffle Crunch, which is a warm cinnamon waffle topped with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, toffee sauce and toffee crunch pieces.
The waffle had been warmed perfectly, and not overcooked. It was served promptly enough after being prepared that the ice cream hadn't had time to melt. There wasn't a huge amount of either the toffee sauce or toffee crunch, but there was sufficient.
The lunch menu is decent value for money, as the total cost of the meal including the drinks came to £11.80. Although there is less choice than there is on the main menu, it is on the whole better value for money, especially if you have multiple courses and several drinks. With the exception of the dessert, all the food was served quite quickly and the drink was refilled promptly, and empty plates were removed without having to wait. Service was on the whole fast. Frankie & Benny's is a nice place to eat and pretty reasonably priced.