Lunya

Price guide: Mid-range

18-20 College Lane, Liverpool ONE, Liverpool, L1 3DS

Price guide: Mid-range

Lunya
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, People watching, Shopping

Expert review of Lunya

A Catalan restaurant and deli with a personal touch.

Given the location, slap bang in the middle of Liverpool ONE, and the smoothness of the operation, you might suspect the presence of a cynical chain. Nothing could be further from the truth. Lunya is run by Peter Kinsella, an ex-businessman with a passion for Spain, and every time I go to Lunya, he's there.

Food and drink: 

Catalan in places and broadly Spanish in others - and with a little bit of Scouse thrown in for good measure - Lunya's menus are extensive and seductive. You can ogle imported hams and sausages, cheeses, stuffed peppers and squid ink in the deli, then either take them away or nip through to the restaurant and eat them. Dishes - breakfast, tapas, platters, paellas, even sucklng pig feasts on Sundays - are right more often than not, and there will always be someone on the premises who knows the story of the ingredients.

Recommended dishes: 

The cheese and charcuterie is all great, and the roast suckling pig, served on Sundays, is always a winner.

Ambience: 

Lunya has a real mix of customers, from shoppers, businesspeople and pensioners attracted by the lunch deals to foodies with a fetish for particular ingredients. This means it feels relaxed much of the time, especially when there are language lessons or Salsa classes in progress.

Service: 

There are plenty of staff, who are very willing, chatty and enthusiastic, although when they're stretched it can show.

Location: 

In the heart of the shopping district, but near enough to other restaurants and cinemas to retain atmosphere in the evening.

Price advice: 

Because tapas features so prominenlty, you can spend as much or as little as you want.. At lunchtime, they do three tapas and bread for £9.95, and there's a three-course menu with a drink for the same price; both are understandably popular.

More information on Lunya:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Deli, Restaurant
Food:
Spanish
Address:
18-20 College Lane, Liverpool ONE, Liverpool, L1 3DS
Telephone:
0151 706 9770
Website:
http://www.lunya.co.uk
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 9am-midnight, Sun 10am-11pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Catalan

Have you been to Lunya? Would you recommended it?