Review Summary

9.3 based on 49 reviews
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    Very good as usual thank you all so much.

    Really lovely meal nice relaxed atmosphere, a nice way to spend a weekday lunch.

    Really nice meal, great atmosphere as always a pleasure.

    Most enjoyable day was had by all.

    We have just returned from our second visit to taste (14/3/19) - once again we were really impressed with the standard of food and the excellent presentation - it's hard to believe the food had been produced by students as everything was so professional - and such good value - and excellent wines into the bargain - try it for yourself we are sure you will not be disappointed - we will definitely be repeating our visit - well done everyone - thank you for your hospitality

    Nice food but smaller portions than on previous visit and service between courses slow.

    We really enjoyed the whole experience. We felt very spoilt! The ambience, the service and of course the food was top notch. We will be going back!

    We had another lovely meal at the taste this place always delivers, most relaxing and enjoyable.

    We were most impressed with our first visit. Service and food was very good. I look forward to a return visit.

    We were most impressed with our first visit. Service and food was very good. I look forward to a return visit.

    A lovely place to eat for the money. The following are meant as constructive comments.
    The presentation was good, but the vegetables were let down by being cooked in too much butter. There was insufficient gravy, and this was placed under the food, so I had to ask for extra to put on my Yorkshire pudding. Also, our waitress did not know what some of the desserts were, so had to go back to the kitchen to find out.

    Lovely presented meal as ever staff professional and friendly.

    A well-organised lunch with delicious food served by attentive staff.
    So impressed have booked another 2 occasions value for money YES. Such a lovely atmosphere. Highly recommended.

    Really nice meal always delivered.

    Overall experience
    Excellent, and very good value for money.
    The students are a credit to Leicester college, and their tutors.
    Food was well presented, tasty and delicious.
    Service, All the team were friendly, welcoming, courteous and it was our pleasure to engage in conversation with them.

    Lovely feeling as soon as you walk in, nice smiling friendly faces to greet you on arrival, serving excellent, food nice and hot and well presented lots of good flavours in the dishes, will be returning again.

    Excellent food and service as always, can not wait to return.

    Really nice meal, love the relaxed atmosphere and the friendly feel.

    'Taste Restaurant' is now my No. 1 restaurant in Leicester within it's price range. Fantastic value. Thank you.

    We had delicious food and the service was excellent! Think we shall have to book for next year.

    Very enjoyable as always nice dining experience.

    Once again a lovely meal with attentive staff!


    Friendly and attentive service for drinks and food. All three courses attractive and delicious. Well done Taste restaurant!

    The food was beautifully cooked and presented at taste. Comparable with, if not better, than most restaurants in Leicester.

    The meal was cooked to perfection and the service was attentive at taste restaurant!

    Really enjoyable lunch in a relaxed atmosphere with food lovely.

    Students were welcoming, helpful and attentive.

    Absolute perfection. We will definitely be regulars now. We were also served by a very polite and charming young waiter. Well done Taste.

    Great value for money! £10 for a 3 course lunch is a bargain. The veg was a bit bland though and they ran out of desserts. But I will go back to try the dinner menu.

    We had a lovely meal with friends served by very pleasant young waiters. Two of us chose the sponge pudding with sauce. The sponge was light and fluffy but It would have been better had there been more sauce as sponge does need a little more sauce to accompany it.

    Excellent Service and lovely interesting well presented food, excellent value for money. We will certainly be dining here again very soon.

    This experience was absolutely amazing, I hadnt been before, so very happily surprised, with everything, right down to the welcoming staff on arrial and taking your coats

    We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Taste restaurant.

    Service was friendly and helpful but staff need to know the language of restaurants. eg Would you like a bread roll? Sounds better than do you want brown or white? Food: onion marmalade was tacky - this did not affect the taste and cider gravy was over salted.

    Excellent experience at Taste as usual!

    We enjoyed the meal and had a very good time. The waitress was there for the first time. Obviously she or someone in the kitchen did not get one of the order right but we did not mind.

    Taste restaurant had delicious food, great presentation of the food and really enjoyed it, be sure to come more?

    Had a lovely evening at Taste restaurant. The service was efficient and friendly and the food was very good. Our only problem was that the food could have done with being hotter. For the price this is very good value and I'd recommend it highly.

    A good dining experience at taste restaurant - at a super price.

    Very good - occasional reminders that this is all being done by students - but they do seem to be pulling together to produce a fine result - just seems strange that the tables and chairs create all the atmosphere of a college canteen.

    Excellent evening! Probably one of the best meals we've ever had out!!

    Once again it was quite exceptional , a new menu and new delights! Great friendly staff too. An all round wonderful evening .

    Absolutely fantastic. It was the best meal either of us had had for years. Food excellent, ambience lovely. Great service from Jonathan. Really couldn't fault it. Can't wait to go again.

    The food was lovely and although it is a very limited menu, there was choices for all tastes. It's tricky marking a restaurant that is a learning situation for students as you can't expect it to be perfect and you need to be a little patient. We really enjoyed the experience.

    All three courses were expertly prepared and presented. The service was good and unobtrusive. The was incredibly cheap- nobody could complain if they were asked to pay twice the amount!
    Overall a tribute to staff and students.

12pm-12:45pm and 6:30pm-7:15pm
12pm-12:45pm and 6:30pm-7:15pm
  • Ranked #32 of 205
  • Avg. main course: £9
  • 1.05 miles from Leicester
  • British

We say…

Situated unexpectedly within the Leicester College is Taste Restaurant; a fabulous concept restaurant where diners are served and cooked by students at the college. Located just behind the Leicester Tigers stadium on Aylestone Road, Taste Restaurant is easily accessible and, with its close proximity to the city centre, is perfect for enjoying a meal before an evening out, or as a standalone evening.

The restaurant is decorated simply, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is a pleasure to dine in. With warm wooden tables and flashes of green , the dining experience is relaxed and easy-going. Taste is suitable for all occasions and has hosted large group functions for weddings and christenings of one hundred people. Their private hire room, The Granby Suite, is perfect for those looking for a little intimacy for their special occasion. Able to seat between twenty and fifty guests it adds another dimension to an already superb dining experience.

Under the watchful eye of their Head Chef and tutors, students are taught to create beautiful dishes ranging from Japanese to Italian and British. You can rest assured that every dish is prepared with the utmost care and precision as everything counts towards their final grades. The students are passionate and, from the presentation and flavour of every dish that leaves the pass, if you didn’t know you it was cooked by students, you would never guess!

On the menu you can expect to find a whole array of different cuisines depending on the term times, seasonality and what the students want to learn. In the images above you can see the starter of macerated beetroot served with creamed gevrik; young goat’s cheese, and pine kernels. For mains the sous vide belly of pork, soy bean and udon noodle stir-fry with a fragrant chestnut puree, or the beautiful salmon and smoked haddock mousealine with sautéed spinach and a sauce vierge are both superb choices.

Taste Restaurant at Leicester College is a fabulous concept that offers a unique dining experience. Showcasing the talent of some of Leicester’s future chef’s allows diners to invest in their future whilst enjoying stunning cuisine at extremely reasonable prices.

last updated: 28 Aug 2019

last updated: 28 Aug 2019
Leicester College, Freeman's Park Campus, Aylestone Rd, Leicester, LE2 7LW
0116 224 2060