Great new branch with glorious food
Posted on 10 / 01 / 2013
I visited the new Iydea for the first time yesterday, for lunch with a friend. I can highly recommend it.
Downstairs is almost exclusively tall stools around tall tables (there is one round table with proper chairs) which seems more like where you would go for a quick snack or just a drink and a cake. As someone with back problems, sitting on a backless stool is a no-no so I was very pleased to discover that upstairs there are plenty of big tables with proper chairs!
Food is ordered at the counter downstairs from a large, well-written menu on removable/changeable chalkboards. You basically order a main course from a list of about 8, and the price includes two side dishes (choice of 4 hot and 4 cold) and a topping (ie houmous, garlic and coriander salsa, tzatziki).
I had nutty vegetable crumble (vegan), and chose roasted carrots with sweet potatoes, chilli and coriander, and new potatoes in butter and chives as my two side dishes, and garlic and coriander topping. Good portion sizes and it was all available in the heated counter behind the till. You can see into the kitchen through an open door too, which is always promising!
There's a good list of drinks - I can recommend the homemade lemonade (as long as you don't want your lemonade sweet or fizzy!)
They have a different price for eat in or takeaway. My nutty vegetable crumble with two sides and a topping was £7.40 but would have been just £5.60 to take away (note that I don't know if the takeaway portions are exactly the same size).
It's definitely worth a visit. It was certainly easy to get a table but I went on a Monday lunchtime which probably isn't the busiest time anywhere. I haven't tried it in the evening yet but when I've gone past, it has always seemed fairly busy. I think it might suffer just a little from being just that little bit further away from the main shopping centre but anyone who has tried the original (but tiny) branch in the North Laine area would be willing to walk that extra 5 minutes to reach it.
Definitely worth a try!
Great food, Comfortable seating (upstairs), Lots of vegan options
Location a little further than ideal