Banyan Bar + Kitchen Leeds Review: All-new Bottomless Brunch is a Certified Crowd-pleaser 

Thursday 02nd May 2024 |

When your weekend goal is to drink copious amounts of Prosecco and cocktails, a decent quality bottomless brunch is a great place to start. There are plenty of options to choose from in Leeds, but the new and improved brunch at Banyan really separates the great from the good. 

Offering a diverse selection of tempting dishes and more drink options than most, you can even indulge on Friday and Saturday nights. Ideally located in the Old Post Office Building opposite Leeds train station, Banyan is a vibrant bar with warm lighting, plush decor and a lively atmosphere. For those rare days when the city is blessed with sunshine, they have a spacious terrace overlooking the square. 

Arriving on a typically grey Friday evening, we discover the place is packed to the rafters, with punters enjoying an early-2000’s dance playlist. Most guests are enjoying the bottomless brunch, as servers are racing around at breakneck speed to keep the Prosecco flowing. 

No sooner have we taken our seat, we’re enjoying a glass of fizz and ordering our food and first cocktail. Those dining after 3pm can choose from dishes including a Firecracker Chicken Salad, Roast Cauliflower Malayan Curry and Korean Fried Chicken Burger. 

I went with the classic Cheeseburger with fries, which is extra juicy and topped with Monterey Jack cheese, salsa and mayo. An excellent choice. Across the table, my plus one was enjoying the Bang Bang Chicken Fried Rice just as much. With crispy fried chicken, chilli peanuts and a sesame and soy dressing, it’s an impressive take on a popular dish. 

If you’re brunching before 3pm, there’s a different menu which includes brunch favourites such as French Toast and Poached Eggs and a Revitalise Bowl and Deluxe Burger. 

Drinks-wise, there’s no less than 8 drinks to choose from, including Aperol Spritz, Bombay Bramble, Raspberry Ripple and a pint of Coors. There are also 4 non-alcoholic options, ranging from a Cucumber and Apple Crush to alcohol-free beer and Prosecco. 

We tried pretty much everything between us, but if we had to pick, Banyan does a mean Bombay Bramble and Aperol Spritz. Guests can also upgrade to bottomless Pornstar Martinis, Salted Caramel Espresso Martinis and pints of Madri for just £7.50. Mini Prosecco Royale carafes are also available for an extra £5. 

Final verdict

Banyan has really taken things up a notch with their bottomless brunch, which is clearly working given how busy they were. With swift and friendly service and excellent food and drink, £39.99 for 2 hours is money well spent. 

Banyan Bar + Kitchen, 2 City Square, Leeds, LS1 2ES. 

Review by Fletch.