Overall Rating – 4/5
Lovely, tasty authentic Turkish & Greek food. Could be a hidden gem in the centre of Morley!
££ = £29 for 2 people; 1 starter to share, 2 main meals, 2 soft drinks.
Recently opened in January, this restaurant in the middle of Morley (South Leeds) serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Various Turkish and Greek dishes are available on the menu such as; Hummus, Halloumi and Falafel for starters and Lamb Kofte, Kebab and Moussaka for mains.
Run by a small team (on a Monday there was only a waitress and 1 chef, but I believe on busier days there are 2 chefs), the restaurant has already received a lot of excellent reviews via their Facebook page, and I believe this is definitely down to the great tasting, fresh food that is served.
The appearance of the restaurant is clean, smart and fairly modern, although I wouldn’t class the venue as coming across as having a Mediterranean feel to it. I felt there could have been more of an inviting and lively atmosphere, however as I say I did dine here on a Monday, typically a quiet night maybe, although there were several parties dining there that night. The kitchen is open plan and diners are able to see their food being freshly made which is great.
We decided to share a starter between 2 of us, which was a good idea in the end as the main meals are very filling portions. We went for the Halloumi, which comes served with homemade tzatziki, ezme, and fresh Turkish bread, cacik. We really enjoyed this starter, the homemade dips were really good. Didn’t see much point to the after-thought bit of salad on the side… There is a wide range of cold and hot starters to select from ranging between £5 – £7 each and sharing platters priced £14.50 – £17.90.
We experienced a 30 – 40 minute wait after eating our starters to our main meal being served. I understand there was only one Chef working and this was a Monday evening, however quite a few tables had been booked so maybe this is something they could address in the future, as we did feel we had been waiting a long time for food.
The food however made up for the wait! Between us we chose the Lamb Sauté; Marinated lamb pieces roasted in a sauce with onions peppers, coriander and spinach. This was served in a hot clay pan/pot, with a side plate of rice, dips and Turkish bread (oh and the after-though salad made an appearance). My advice would be to empty the lamb onto the side plate (careful it’s hot!) and mix it with everything! Super tasty! And there was LOADS of lamb.
The second main we had was the Pollo Vito; Grilled chicken breast layered with aubergine and courgettes (I only seem to have got the aubergine) topped with goats cheese and a rich tomato sauce. I thoroughly enjoyed this as I LOVE goats cheese and the flavours went really well together. The only thing I would say is it didn’t say on the menu that I would get chips instead of the rice, which I actually would have preferred. Main meals will cost you between £11.50 – £16.50.
We were well and truly stuffed after the starters and mains, so we didn’t get the chance to take a look at the desserts unfortunately.
In summary this little restaurant has some fantastic potential that for me, was all down to how good the food was cooked and tasted. I would like to return again to see what a the atmosphere would be like on a weekend, and to also try some more amazing food.
REVIEW UPDATE – 2ND VISIT!
In October 2020 I revisited Lime Bistro with a group of friends and loved the food again! Restrictions were in place following covid-19 guidelines, and the restaurant had also been extended since I had visited last, but this didn’t stop us enjoying our meal here. The restaurant was fully booked and you can see that this is clearly becoming a very popular choice in Morley.
I chose to just go for a main as we were out for a few drinks after so I didn’t want to go mad, but was still very full from the portion! I went with the Lamb Sauté again. This time it was served in a hot dish and with rice, cacik, ezme and salad to the side so I just picked at both plates at the same time. It was lovely and delicious and I finished it all!
I have also tried the Turkish Style Pizza (Pide) here, which was really tasty but and more of a flat/naan bread style with the ingredients almost folded inside the bread, rather than chunky ingredients on top/Italian style. Forgot to take a picture of this oops!
For more info; check out their website page here.