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10 Things You Have to Eat This Year

· Katie Wells · Food and Drink

This is what you’ll want to eat in 2021.

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Kick off the new year right by treating yourself to the tastiest dishes Leeds has to offer.

Leeds is full of fantastic indie restaurants and while 2020 was a seriously tough year, the pandemic hasn’t stopped them whipping up some incredible culinary creations. But what should be on your foodie radar for 2021? We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up 10 must-eats. From traditionally-made Japanese omelettes to fiery Jamaican jackfruit, everything on this list is so darn delicious you won’t know what to try first!

Pulled Pork Sandwich from Bread & Butter

Bread & Butter’s Pulled Pork Sandwich is a thing of beauty. They specialise in churrasco BBQ, so you can bet the meat is melt-in-your-mouth perfection. Pork shoulder is rubbed in a secret blend of seasonings, cooked ’til it’s juicy and tender, then tossed in their house BBQ sauce. It’s piled into a homemade Pão Francês roll and topped with a fresh crunchy slaw for a meaty feast full of rich, smoky BBQ flavours.

Bread & Butter, Assembly Underground, 12 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL. Order deliveries on Uber Eats.

Tamagoyaki from Bento Street Food & Izakaya

Bento’s Tamagoyaki is an authentic Japanese brunch dish that you won’t find anywhere else in Leeds. It’s made following a simple, traditional recipe – egg is beaten ’til wonderfully light and frothy, fried in thin layers, rolled up and sliced into bitesize morsels. The result? The fluffiest omelette you’ve ever tasted! You can enjoy the rolls plain, perfect for dipping in soy, or get them filled with oozing cheese and sour kimchi for an authentic Asian flavour hit.

Bento Street Food & Izakaya, 10 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ. Order deliveries on Just Eat.

BBQ Jackfruit from Jamrock

Jamrock have fired up the Leeds foodie scene with their vibrant Jamaican flavours and their BBQ Jackfruit is a must-try. They deep-fry the fleshy fruit to make it deliciously crispy, drench it in lip-smacking BBQ sauce and sprinkle on fresh red chilli for an extra fiery kick. Sweet, smoky and spicy in all the right ways, it’s a real winner and better yet, it’s 100% plant-based, so veggies and meat-eaters alike can enjoy the sticky-sweet Jamaican goodness.

Jamrock, 42 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT. Order deliveries on Uber Eats.

Masala Dosa from Jah Jyot

Love Indian street food? Get this massive Masala Dosa from Jah Jyot on your foodie check list for 2021. It’s a huge rice flour pancake, fried until it’s golden, then loaded with your choice of filling. Warming spiced aloo, creamy curried paneer or succulent tandoori chicken – these are the tasty options to choose from. Whatever you go for, it’ll be wrapped up in the crispy dosa and drizzled in a sweet tamarind sauce, ready for you to feast on.

Jah Jyot, Northern Monk, Marshalls Mill, Marshall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ. Order deliveries on Uber Eats.

Bad Girl from Doner Summer

This is a kebab with a twist. Doner Summer do vegan versions of the takeaway favourite and they’re seriously scrumptious. The Bad Girl is one of the most popular and as soon as you take a bite, you’ll know why. A double-whammy of spiced seitan doner and chick’n shawarma are piled into a homemade Turkish bread roll. They add vibrant salads and a dollop of pink aioli, before kicking up the heat with green and red hot sauces. Yum!

Doner Summer, 10-12 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DN. Order deliveries on Deliveroo.

Gluten-free Donuts from Wildcraft Bakery

Wildcraft Bakery specialise in gluten-free bakes and their donuts are their pièce de résistance. Rice flour, tapioca, water, eggs and sourdough yeast are mixed to create a light, fluffy dough that’s deep-fried and comes topped with a tantalising array of treats. From the classic cinnamon sugar to the indulgent chocolate orange, each one is so deliciously moreish they sell out in minutes online, so keep your eyes peeled for their next donut drop!

Wildcraft Bakery, 6-10 Green Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4JP. Order deliveries on website.

Pizza Nera from Culto

Love pizza but bored of the same old slice? Mix things up in 2021 with Culto’s Pizza Nera, a vegetable charcoal base topped with your choice of Italian goodness. The Diavola is particularly tasty. They spread on tomato sauce and top it with salami, hot ‘nduja sausage, ham, fresh chilli and plenty of mozzarella. The best part? The detoxifying properties of the charcoal means you can scoff as much as you like without bloating!

Culto, 97 Stainbeck Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2PR. Order deliveries by calling 0113 345 4434.

BBQ Boi Burger from Punk Vegan

Punk Vegan’s BBQ Boi Burger is a mammoth stack you’ll want to devour stat.
They sizzle their special-recipe meat-free Punk patty on the grill and melt on dairy-free cheddar until it’s oozing down the sides. The patty then gets smothered in BBQ sauce, piled high with crispy onion rings and finished off with a crunchy slaw for a deliciously messy treat. Sandwiched in a charcoal bun, it’s an eye-catching bite that tastes as good as it looks.

Punk Vegan, 82 Brudenell Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1EG. Order deliveries on Uber Eats.

Chicken Schnitzel from Smak!

Smak’s Chicken Schnitzel is a traditional, home-style Polish dish that never disappoints. The chicken breast is flattened and pounded to make it extra-tender, then rolled in breadcrumbs and pan-fried to crisp, succulent perfection. The chicken is served with fluffy garlic roast potatoes and sauerkraut, which adds a sharp, sour kick that complements the salty fried chicken. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.

Smak the Polish Kitchen, 372 Kirkstall Road, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ. Order deliveries by calling 01132787831 and view the menu online.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich from IF

Gooey, oozing and toasted to golden perfection, the folk at IF make a mean grilled cheese. Thick slices of locally-baked bread are piled high with stringy cheese and slicked with butter to give it that classic crunch when toasted. But it’s the addition of red onion marmalade that really takes this toastie to the next level with a delectable touch of sweetness. They even do a dairy-free version, so nobody has to miss out on all that cheesy goodness.

IF, 43 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT. Order deliveries on Deliveroo.