It’s time to get out of the kitchen because we’ve rounded up 10 fantastic budget restaurants in Leeds that’ll give you a proper feed without emptying your wallet.
Dining out can be tricky when you’re watching those pennies (or digging them out from in between the sofa cushions). So when you just don’t feel like cooking or want to leave the washing up to somebody else, don’t despair. Not only do these budget-friendly restaurants serve up delicious food, but they’ll save you money too.
Pizza Fella has swapped its street food truck for a permanent home on Vicar Lane – take a seat in their stripped-back venue and order yourself a proper Neapolitan pizza for less than a tenner. Will it be the Number Seven, with portobello mushroom and cotto ham? Or something a little more extravagant, like the Number Fourteen, which is topped with smoked provola, buffalo ricotta, corbara tomatoes, rocket, parmigiano and extra virgin olive oil?
Pizza Fella, 114-116 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
Thai Aroy Dee
Thai A Roy Dee is a great shout if you’re on a budget. Their mains start at just £6.95 and you can tuck into the likes of Jungle Curry, Gang Matsaman or Pad Prig. Add rice or noodles for just £2 or play it smart by ordering an all-in-one meal, like their Pad Thai. Want something a little bit special? You can get the dishes you’d usually splash out on for a surprisingly affordable price – even the Weeping Tiger comes in under a tenner. Oh, and it’s BYOB too.
Thai Aroy Dee, 120-122 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
Budget restaurants in Leeds don’t get much better than La Besi. If you’re looking for a substantial feed that’ll leave you stuffed with change to spare, it’s an excellent choice. This family style Italian eatery dishes up all your favourites like Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Italian Meatballs and Salmon Fettuccini as well as a range of pizzas, all under £10. Fancy some vino? They have a bring your own bottle policy, so nip into the shop next door first.
La Besi, 211 Clarendon Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9DT.
When it comes to budget restaurants in Leeds, My Thai is right up there with the best of ‘em. Their menu is incredibly cheap, especially when you think of the loaded bowls of food that come out of the kitchen. You can feast on Tuk Tuk Fried Rice, Red Curry and Tamarind Duck from just £6.50 – and that includes everything you need to complete your meal, be it rice or noodles. This is fresh, tasty and fast food, so you’ll be in and out in a jiffy.
My Thai, 43 Wade Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NJ.
Overlooking Bridge End, near the scenic River Aire in Leeds city centre, Viva has been serving up Italian favourites from their quaint, family-style restaurant for as long as we can remember. Your hard earned cash will go a long way here. Their pasta dishes all come in under a tenner or you can try one of their pizzas. The classic margherita is just £8.50 or there’s the calzone, stuffed with chicken, garlic, mozzarella and spinach for just a quid more.
Viva, 9-11 Bridge End, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7HG.
You’ll find the authentic flavours of Morocco, North Africa and even Andalucia in this cheap and cheerful little restaurant near Hyde Park corner. Surrounded by colourful trinkets and lanterns, you can imagine faraway lands as you enjoy dishes like their North African Sausage Kebab, Marrakech Pizza and the Chicken Shawarma Mezze Platter, which is a loaded plate of hummus, salsa, bread, salad, tzatziki and tabouleh. It’s perfect if you’re on a budget, and the bulk of dishes come in under a tenner.
Oranaise, 1 The Crescent, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW.
Cantina is the city’s first 100% vegan restaurant, and you’ll be happy to know that their meat and dairy free eats won’t break the bank. Every dish on the menu will cost you less than a tenner – so you can have something different every time you visit. Why not start with the Southern Fried Hellfire Seitan Strips with beer battered onion rings, chunky chips, rainbow slaw and chipotle mayo, then come back for the Slow Cooked Cantina Chana Masala with fresh roti and chive yogurt?
Cantina, The Old Red Bus Station, 101 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
Got a hankering for Indian food? Well, the good news is, Corner Cafe has reopened and it’s just as gosh-darned affordable as it ever was. You can get all your favourite dishes for a bargain price – how about Chicken Bhuna for £7.25 or Fish Massala for £8.45? And if you’re veggie, they do a wonderful Dhal made with eight different types of lentil, with prices starting from just £6.95. Add naans, rice and vegetables from just £2.10 for a delicious meal that’s perfect for sharing.
Corner Cafe, 104 Burley Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1JP.
It might surprise you to hear that Pieminister is one of the best budget restaurants in Leeds. Despite their cool-as-heck decor, their prices are surprisingly affordable, so you can get one of their classic pies for just £5.50. Choose from the likes of The Matador, made with British beef steak, chorizo, olives and butter beans, and The Heidi, which brings together goats’ cheese, sweet potato, spinach and red onion in that crisp shell. Want more? Upgrade to The Mothership for £9.50 and couple your pie with mash, minty mushy peas, cheddar and crispy shallots.
Pieminster, 15-17 Duncan Steet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.
You probably wouldn’t expect to see Cielo Blanco on this list. They’re not famous for being cheap – they’re famous for serving up some of the best Mexican food in the city, but play your cards right and you can eat out on a very tight budget. The trick is to order their burritos or salads – these loaded plates of Mexican flavour are all you need to fill your belly. Try the Smoky Mezcal Chicken Burrito – a tortilla filled with meat, herby rice, iceberg, sour cream, guacamole and shredded veg, served with tortilla chips and salsa all for £8.50. Or keep it healthy with a tasty bowl of sweet potato, beetroot, feta and mixed Aztec seeds for £8.95.
Cielo Blanco, 415, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.Cover image credit Contakt Photography.