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“Evolving cafe...”

La Bottega Milanese
Ranked #3 of 43 Coffee & Tea in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Evolving cafe...”
Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Having visited LBM on a few occassions now (Including their new, more spacious cafe @ bond court) and introducing most of my coffee-minded friends to it,
I am confident that this is the best place to get a real coffee in Leeds city centre.

The house blend ticks all the right boxes, and is full bodied enough to work with milk, without having the bitterness or harshness of over-roasted / old beans that
occupy so many of our 'cafes'.
There is also a carefully chosen guest coffee, which changes every few weeks or so.

Clearly the cafe is proving to be a success - especially as there's enough room in Leeds for a second one (the aforementioned bond court) and
it's interesting to see how this evolves over time.

Two recent changes I've seen made for the worse however, are:

1. The removal of Italian language from the food counter - gone is the pollo ciabatta - we now simply have chicken sandwich.
Perhaps understandable, given that we're in the UK, but the whole charm of LBM is its genuine authentic Italian nature, and I hope that this
isn't the start of an errosion of that Unique selling point.

2. Simplification of the sandwich ingredients - sticking with the Pollo Ciabatta as an example - this used to have sundried tomato and a pesto,
and sadly it's basically now breaded chicken and chewy lettuce.

Hopefully, whilst this cafe evolves and grows from the success which it deserves, it will not lose sight of all that made it great.

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English first
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Evolving cafe...”
Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Having visited LBM on a few occassions now (Including their new, more spacious cafe @ bond court) and introducing most of my coffee-minded friends to it,
I am confident that this is the best place to get a real coffee in Leeds city centre.

The house blend ticks all the right boxes, and is full bodied enough to work with milk, without having the bitterness or harshness of over-roasted / old beans that
occupy so many of our 'cafes'.
There is also a carefully chosen guest coffee, which changes every few weeks or so.

Clearly the cafe is proving to be a success - especially as there's enough room in Leeds for a second one (the aforementioned bond court) and
it's interesting to see how this evolves over time.

Two recent changes I've seen made for the worse however, are:

1. The removal of Italian language from the food counter - gone is the pollo ciabatta - we now simply have chicken sandwich.
Perhaps understandable, given that we're in the UK, but the whole charm of LBM is its genuine authentic Italian nature, and I hope that this
isn't the start of an errosion of that Unique selling point.

2. Simplification of the sandwich ingredients - sticking with the Pollo Ciabatta as an example - this used to have sundried tomato and a pesto,
and sadly it's basically now breaded chicken and chewy lettuce.

Hopefully, whilst this cafe evolves and grows from the success which it deserves, it will not lose sight of all that made it great.

Helpful?
1 Thank QuestForQualityFood
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great coffee, food and service”
Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

One of the best in Leeds. Been a regular for years now, Alex the owner and staff are great too, a nice change from the large corporate chains in the high street. New bottega opened in Bond Court is the biz!

Visited May 2014
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Thank Mark W
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Home from home”
Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

Love this place. The coffee is the best in leeds - well worth the walk across town for, whatever the weather - and the sweet treats are pretty darn good too. Bit partial to their spicy sausage piadina or the toasted pollo milanese on focaccia. My daughter loves the meatballs with pasta and tomato sauce. Staff are great too!

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Thank alisdair F
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Level 6 Contributor
262 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Coffee and cake!”
Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

Visited on Wednesday for the first time. I have walked past this place for a long time but never been in.

Treated my mum to a coffee and a cannoli and I had a diet coke and piece of cake.

It's not cheap but really nice and worth the money!

Would recommend! :)

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Thank KatK1
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