Boojum review: We try the new Leeds restaurant where people queue around the block

There’s no denying a queue outside a new opening catches the eye.

It often leads to much chatter on social media much like we saw when Boojum opened in Leeds city centre back in April. For those unfamiliar, after enjoying success in Northern Ireland, our city was picked for the home of the first Boojum.

Based in Merrion Street, the 45-seater Mexican-inspired restaurant and takeaway specialises in burritos, tacos and nachos. To celebrate the opening of England’s first branch, the team gave away 300 free meals.

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So, after the dust has settled, is Boojum worth paying for? That’s the question I went to get answered.

Arriving, there might not have been hundreds before me waiting for their lunch but across those after a quick bite, and the food couriers, it was busy. Boojum operates in a similar system to Subway and, Leeds favourites, Tortilla and BarBurrito which it is aiming to rival.

You make selections and add your extras until you can sit down to devour your meal. As well as the options listed earlier, you can choose from fajitas and quesadillas also.

Fillings include chicken, pork and beef. On the menu, there are also vegetarian and veggie alternatives.

I opted for a chicken burrito which was filled with rice, beans, salad and selected sauce. Depending on your preferences - you can go from hot to a little more tame.

My burrito and a can of Coca-Cola came in at £11.82. A lot of comments about the Boojum offering, particularly their burritos, praise the size of them. There’s no denying mine was a hearty helping.

I enjoyed the mix of ingredients and overall, Boojum is a welcome new opening in Leeds which is ready to go toe-to-toe with their Mexican rivals.

Boojum - 92 Merrion Street, Leeds, LS2 8NG. You can find out more here.

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