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San Carlo opens in Leeds

Another runaway success for San Carlo?

Published on October 26th 2010.

San Carlo opens in Leeds

Leeds San Carlo restaurant is now open and already seems to be attracting the punters as much as Manchester and then Liverpool did.

With 140 covers the Italian restaurant is located at 6-7 South Parade in the heart of the city’s legal and business quarter.

The design is sharp using natural light and glass to blend contemporary and classic themes. The chic interior features a hand carved stone bar imported from Italy and a three metre iced seafood display – possibly the largest of its kind in the North since the demise of the Selfridges Food Hall fish bar some years ago.

The restaurant will be open seven days a week, 365 days a year from noon until late’o’clock.

The menu will offer 140 dishes highlighting food from across Italy. All the dishes will be made on the premises, with many ingredients sourced from Italy. There is a broad selection of starters from soups to smoked salmon and salads. Main selections include a choice of daily fresh fish specialities such as salmon, wild sea bass, Dover sole, giant prawns, oysters and crayfish.

Leeds is the sixth individually designed UK based restaurant in the family owned San Carlo Group and joins the firmly established, hugely popular restaurants in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester and Signor Sassi in London’s fashionable Knightsbridge.

It’s a busy few weeks for the group elsewhere. San Carlo Cicchetti, a new dining venue and bar is set to open in Manchester city centre’s House of Fraser store early in November.

It’ll be interesting to see if Leeds San Carlo divides opinion as much as the Manchester venue: some amateur critics seemingly resenting the out and out success and appeal of the restaurant.

No doubt Leeds San Carlo will attract the nouveaux riches - the footballers and so on - but as long as the food and ambience, and the cracking people watching remain, it will attract lots of other people as well: folk who simply want to make an occasion of dining. Our prediction is that San Carlo Leeds will thrive just as much as the others do in the group.

To book contact San Carlo Leeds (0)113 246 1500 or email leeds@sancarlo.co.uk. For more about San Carlo, visit www.sancarlo.co.uk

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Eddy RheadOctober 26th 2010.

How does one make the distinction between an 'amateur critic' and a, what i presume, a 'professional critic'? Is it the years of rigorous training professional critics have to do and the endless examinations they must take before becoming the well respected members of society they clearly are?

Jonathan Schofield - editorOctober 26th 2010.

Eddy. That's the one. I take my Foie Gras paper tomorrow. Then I'm going to Ramsons on Thursday to eat my words.

Eddy RheadOctober 26th 2010.

Calling some people 'amateur critics' doesnt really help dispel the idea (not shared by me i hasten to add) that 'critics' are merely arrogant, opinionated gobshites who are frustrated failures in the area they have chosen to critique.

AmateurOctober 27th 2010.

To describe those mancon readers who have experienced a very different San Carlo as resenting the place for it's out and out success is utterly disdainful and Mancon should be ashamed of themselves. Justify those comments or apologise.

Jonathan Schofield - editorOctober 27th 2010.

Amateur, nope we won't apologise, but we'll keep all the comments up.

Simone13024October 27th 2010.

Can't stay off here today! Right I've been to San Carlo many times, one of which through the truffle bookings that ManCon did which was excellent. However, usually the food is poor and you go mainly to gossip and people watch. My last visit was frankly awful and I haven't been since. Then again, what do amateurs like me know?

Jonathan Schofield - editorOctober 27th 2010.

Exactly Simone. I tell you it's a burden being a professional critic.

RayOctober 27th 2010.

Hmm. There are two issues here. Issue 1: Is SanCarlo a business success? Andwer: undoubtedly in that it seems to be busy all the time and is expanding its network. These do appear to be indicators of business success. Issue 2: Is San Carlo a pleasant dining experience? If it's mostly food (and drink) one is interested in, then the answer (to me) has to be no. If of course a diner is not really fussed about the food, but loves the ambience, then yes, I suppose it is pleasant to them. I despise the place myself as the food is adequate at best, and it seems to be full of ignorant (and loud!) muppets, most whose suntans make them look like walking wotsits.

NortherngeezerOctober 27th 2010.

Call me Mr Cynical but you cant expect an unbiased response from the Mr Schofield now can you.
San Carlo would appear to be one of Mancons biggest advertisers, hence the positive spin in this article and previous ramblings when so many 'amateur critics' think the whole San Carlo experience is generally the wrong side of shyte.
Ed - We cant all be wrong and you right all the fooking time can we!!!!

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