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Leon High Street Kensington

Restaurants, Global Kensington
3 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

This fun, fairly fast-food chain continues to impress with its inventive range of wraps, salads, rice boxes and soups, building on a reputation for healthy, global cuisine that’s both inexpensive and appealing. 

 

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Address: The Kensington Arcade
Unit 8
Kensington High Street
London
W8 5SF
Transport: Tube: HIgh Street Kensington
Price: Main courses £3.95-£6.75. Set dinner (6pm-close Mon-Sat) £27.50 2 courses (2 people)
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 6.30am - 10.30pm Sat -7am - 10pm Sun 8am - 9pm
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Users say (4)

2 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2 / 5

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tastemaker

I love this branch. I get my breakfast here nearly every morning and the staff are delightful!


Went to the branch at London Kings Cross station . Ordered two chicken wraps and two coffees which cost over £16 . The wraps couldn't be eaten as they just fell apart when unwrapped from the silver paper and they couldn't even be picked up. An absolute disgrace , and will never go back there


I find the Leon story really sad. I remember when they opened up (around 2004?) and when they were building the brand, they used to serve delicious and generous meals that were value for money. The rustic aesthetic was charming and they had a clear concept of what their food should be - fresh, tasty, healthy. For instance, the chicken in aoli in a box was substantial with real pieces of chicken and delicious seeds and herbs in the rice. Over the years, the brand has been glossed up and the chain extended. But the food has become a god-awful con. In the words of that great Jewish joke 'such terrible food and such small portions'. The price has ratcheted up and the boxes have shrunk. All the expensive ingredients have been substituted or removed. The chicken is now that horrible remoulded stuff that you see in slices at sandwich bars all over the capital. The expensive seeds and herbs have dwindled and been replaced by stacks of cheap peas. All the sauces taste like they are out of a vat. Foolish people are easily parted from their cash because for them, image matters more than taste. The Leon's I see are always busy. It's a normal trajectory for a fast food chain, but where places like Wagamama's have succeeded is that they have scaled their business and controlled costs without too great a sacrifice in quality.


I wanted a quick supper before watching a film. I ordered their 'super foods salad' with a side and a drink for just under a tenner. The lemonade was delicious, the corn fine, but the salad was made up largely of peas. It was a huge dissapointment. I'll never go back to a leon again.

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