It doesn’t have to be hard to eat out and stay healthy as these Leeds restaurants will give your body a treat as well as your tastebuds.
Finding healthy food when you’re eating out anywhere is often seen as a near-impossible challenge – but it doesn’t have to be. There are loads of restaurants in Leeds ready and waiting to provide you with great tasting healthy meals.
A new addition to City Square, Banyan has quickly become a favourite in the city. The classy venue in The Old Post Office Building is a great place to eat if you’re watching your waistline. They have the famed CrossFit Leeds burger on offer, alongside an array of powerbowls and superfood salads that are as tasty as they are nutritious. Expect combinations like honey and soy marinated salmon, cauliflower, quinoa and coconut rice or grilled halloumi and falafel with spiced roasted vegetables.
Banyan, 2 The Old Post Office, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES.
The Good Luck Club
Recently opened at Wellington Place, The Good Luck Club gives you the power to make your meal just the way you want it. Their big salad bowls are the way to go – pick from the likes of sun-dried tomato couscous with leaves or sweet potato salad with puy lentils and oven roasted carrots before adding your choice of toppings and dressing. Their charcoal grill offers up a range of meats that you can add to your salad too.
The Good Luck Club, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AP.
Treat yourself to healthy Asian food in the heart of the city centre at Itsu. Their menu promises over 60 dishes that are made with nutrition in mind. Expect high protein dishes that are also low in carbs, calories and saturated fats. There’s an endless choice of sushi, but you can also enjoy the likes of salmon and tuna tartare salad, spicy vegetable gyoza and grilled chicken udon if you want a bit of variety.
Itsu, 36-38 Commercial Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6EX.
One of the longest serving vegetarian cafes in Leeds, you can always trust Global Tribe for a quality, but healthy meal. The cafe is below the ground floor shop, and once you’ve descended, you can pick from the likes of a som tum papaya salad with tomatoes, green beans, courgettes and chilli or South Indian masala dosa with a lentil and rice pancake, potato curry, coconut chutney and apple chutney – all of which will give your body a nutritious kick.
Global Tribe Cafe, 18 Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LG.
It’s only just made its way into the city centre after years of making us all travel to Cookridge, and Gusto is already providing healthy options for Leeds’ diners. Their Healthy Living menu features plenty of treats while detailing the tasty benefits of each dish. From the home cured salmon tartare and quails egg, which is rich in potassium, selenium, B12 and omega 3, to the pan fried chicken breast which is high in protein, phosphorous, selenium and niacin – you can certainly load up on the good stuff at Gusto.
Gusto, 10 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RU.
Who’d have thought one of Leeds’ healthiest eateries would also be one of the most popular? Humpit, in Leeds Corn Exchange, is a regular in the top 5 on TripAdvisor, and it’s easy to see why. They dish up big bowls of freshly made hummus, either stuffed in a pita with salad or in a hefty bowl loaded with spicy salsa, mushrooms and onions or falafel, pine nuts and tahini. The portion sizes are generous, but so are the health benefits, so tuck in.
Humpit, Corn Exchange, 2 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
Roots and Fruits
Roots and Fruits really do go the extra mile when it comes to making sure their vegetarian grub is both tasty and good for you, working with nutritionist Laura Thomas PhD to ensure all those dishes are packed full of good stuff. So whether you opt for their famous whole bowl, packed full of beans, brown rice, mango salsa, guacamole and ‘cheesy’ sauce, their harissa humous sandwich, or even their jerk jackfruit, you can always trust Roots and Fruits to give you a healthy feed.
Roots and Fruits, 10 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
Based in Trinity Kitchen, Rola Wala is all about bringing out the vibrant colours and flavours of Indian street food in their healthy naan rolls or bowls with rice. Using locally-sourced produce where possible, tuck into the likes Bengali beef, Goan pulled pork or Kashmiri chicken tikka, while the veggie options are just as delicious – beetroot channa dal, sweet potato lentil gobi or grilled paneer tikka, which you finish off with a smattering of fresh salad and one of their sauces.
Rola Wala, Trinity Kitchen, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
Lettuce wraps might not sound the most appealing dish in the world, but that will change once you venture to Bulgogi Grill. The Korean BBQ restaurant allows you to cook your meal yourself on the grill in the middle of your table, with sizzling beef, duck, pork, prawn and squid, marinated in the traditional Bulgogi style. That’s before you wrap the juicy meat and seafood in rice and lettuce for a unique, but rewarding dining experience, that’s also pretty darn good for you.
Bulgogi Grill, The Arena Quarter, 9 Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT.
Kith & Kin
Once known as Zed, this Chapel Allerton bar was recently given a new lease of life as Kith & Kin – now it’s a rustic and homely place to eat and drink ing the heart of the Leeds suburb. The renovation provided the chance to transform the food menu too, and it’s well refined across the board, but if you’re keeping an eye on what you eat, the Fit & Healthy section of their menu will certainly help, featuring the like of their CrossFit Leeds burger, bang bang chicken salad and the naked chicken club. Their powerbowls, their take on superfood salads, are worth a try too.
Kith & Kin, 16-18 Steinbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.
While they’re keen to say it’s not a restaurant, the vegetarian Indian street food kitchen at Bundobust is definitely still worth your time. The okra fries are a brilliantly healthy alternative to normal chips, packed with all kinds of nutrients, from vitamin A to zinc, as well as tasting delicious, while their incredibly tasty dhal and rice featuring black lentil which are packed full of vitamins, minerals and proteins.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.