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3 Lunchtime Alternatives Worth Seeking Out

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Mix up your lunchtime routine by trying one of these tasty alternatives.

Olive and Rye

Bored of the same old lunches? Head to one of these oh-so-worthy eateries on your break…

Lunchtime can get a bit dull if you’re eating the same thing over and over again, so why not make a point of heading somewhere new on your break? Not only will you be treated to a delicious feed that stands out from the crowd, but you’ll also burn a few extra calories by going beyond the circle of on-your-doorstep eateries. It’s a win-win.

Cha Lounge

Cha Lounge, Leeds

If you’re looking for a lunchtime escape, Cha Lounge will do the job. You’ll find this relaxed cafe down on Dock Street, just over Leeds Bridge, and it’s well worth seeking out. They serve their brunch menu until 3pm, so you can sate your hunger with a Full English or Eggs Benedict, while their lunch menu is made up of fusion dishes, from the homemade Masala Dosa to freshly made soups that change daily and a range of sandwiches that all come with chips. Look out for their ‘Curritos’ too, a curry burrito. They also have a range organic teas, the rose tea is wonderful, and you’ll be ready to attack the afternoon.

Cha Lounge, 24-26 Dock Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JF.

Edo Sushi

Candlebar Edo Sushi

Have you tried Edo Sushi yet? They’ve made their way over from Sheffield and taken up residence in Candlebar, setting up shop in their kitchen, where they’re now serving up their famous sushi and Japanese street food. This isn’t your usual fare. Oh sure, you can get salmon maki and tuna nigiri, but you can also try seared Hokkaido scallop, squid or grilled eel – and don’t even get us started on their Godzilla Rolls. They wrap up prawn katsu in a maki roll with tobiko, spring onions, mayo and kabayaki sauce, then top it with eel. Of course, if you’d prefer something warm, you can get Japanese tapas like Pumpkin Croquettes, Chicken Kara-age and Beef Teriyaki.

Edo Sushi, Candlebar, Granary Wharf, Candle House, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GJ.

Olive & Rye

Olive & Rye is a great spot for lunch, a rustic, charming cafe with plenty of tables and a tempting menu of food. You’ve got plenty to choose from here, with all-day brunches, sandwiches, charcuterie and more. If you want a new twist on your usual sarnie, try The Yorkshire Wagyu, it comes filled with minute steak, chilli jam and dressed rocket. Or you could go with something totally different – like breakfast for lunch. They do buttermilk pancakes with banana, crème fraîche and maple syrup until 3pm.

Olive & Rye, 18-20 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.

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