I’m not usually one for disrespecting meat-free establishments, but neither will I pretend they are all fabulous havens of delectable and mouth-watering food.
If you find yourself stranded in Leeds for the day, places to eat vegan food are not easy to come by. If curry is your thing, make haste to Hansa’s and you should be satisfied with most things on offer. Feel like a quick snack or a tummy filler? Out Of This World stocks delicious vegan sandwiches, pizza slices and fudge to meet your needs. But if you are craving uninspired and uncreative dishes that are slightly overpriced, head on down to Roots and Fruits.
I know it would appear to some as slightly counter-productive for a FGV to ctiticise a vegetarian restaurant, but Roots and Fruits doesn’t make the grade in my book.
This long-standing Leeds cafe is housed in a shop front half way down the Grand Arcade. The interior stumbles along the fine line between homely and outrageously-tacky with garish tablecloths and blinding paper napkins. But picking on the decorations is an easy target. Let’s talk about how the food is a let down.
My order sounds good from a distance. I asked for the wild mushroom pate, lettuce and red onion sandwich and sides consisting of fried spring rolls and french fries. Coupled with an apple juice, my meal came to the hefty price of £12.10. For this price I would expect some effort and innovation but Roots and Fruits served up bland fare that didn’t impress. My sandwich consisted of limp lettuce and a scraping of Tartex mushroom pate. £4.95 should have bought more than that.
Sorry Roots and Fruits. I give you props for your 10% student discount. I celebrate your commitment to supplying Leeds with meat-free meals. But I can’t be excited for your lacklustre and uninspired cuisine. Nothing appeared to be made in house so I could have stayed in at the Haus of FGV and got the same (or better) for less.
Roots and Fruits, 10-11 Grand Arcade, Leeds LS1 6PG
P: 0113 242 8313 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: M-F 11am – 7pm Sat 10am – 7pm