It’s been a while hasn’t it? To be honest I’d fallen off the blogging wagon and it’s sorta been hard to get back into but this Sunday afternoon seemed like the perfect opportunity (and the perfect location) seeing as snow (!) had scuppered all plans for a walk… Archive is a new cafe/events space on Kirkstall road – the location seems unlikely (it’s right next door to Northern Snooker) but once you’re inside you completely forget you’re on a strip of road usually reserved for TV studios and breweries.
It’s a cute little place (maybe 8 tables along with some bar style seating) and uber Instagram worthy – hello parquet floor, mustard tiles and geometric wallpaper. It wasn’t too busy when we arrived so we managed to get one of the tables straight away and set about ordering lunch; there’s a good menu selection with sandwiches, filled croissants, pizza slices, hot dishes… We got drinks in first – a Flat White (£2.60) and Fritz Kola for me (£1.90). Fritz is my absolute favourite brand of pop, I’ve never seen it in the UK before and you have to try it if you’ve not – the rhubarb flavour is delicious. The coffee? Definitely up there with the best in Leeds.
Foodwise I went for the Spiced Lentil Shakshuka (£4.90) and P went for the Mac ’n’ Cheese with Bacon Bits (£4.75). To be honest the shakshuka wasn’t my first choice. Really I wanted a couple of the pizza slices but they were out so I did a classic panic order (I don’t even really like lentils or red peppers). It surprisingly worked out though – rich and smokey with paprika, the shakshuka was very tasty. The peppers were cooked down so they were tender & sweet, and there were just enough lentils that it felt substantial rather than stodgy – even the eggs were poached perfectly. P’s Mac ’n’ Cheese was equally as good – a well seasoned rich cheese sauce but al dente pasta meant that it was on the verge of one of those meals you need a nap after…but not quite. There was a big party of people eating in the events space out the back (probably the cause of the pizza shortage) and despite that our food came quickly, and the staff were lovely even though they were super rushed off their feet with said party of people.
Archive is a great little find; a cool place, good coffee & food plus really great value. I can definitely see myself becoming a regular visitor and it couldn’t have been a better place to help me back on that food blogging wagon.