Burgers, pizza and faux fish butties – it’s time to go meat-free because we’ve rounded up the finest veggie eats for you to try in Leeds.
Calling all veggies! This is your bucket list for the year, a compendium of must-tries from the city’s best. From magnificent curries to creative burgers and souvlaki skewers – make it your mission to work your way through everything on this list because it’s all downright scrumptious and totally meat-free.
The Thali at Manjit’s Kitchen
The Thali at Manjit’s Kitchen is the perfect way to try out their much-loved vegetarian Punjabi cuisine. You’ll need a big appetite because you’ll get a big silver tray filled with cumin rice, pickles, salad, chutney, rotifer and your choice of two curries. What you’ll get depends on what’s in the pot on the day, but it could be anything from temple dhal to chana masala.
Manjit’s Kitchen, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 28-34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Dough House’s Siciliano Calzoni
If you’re starving and only a pizza will do, get down to Dough House for the vegetarian calzoni. This is a traditional Southern Italian take on a classic known as a panzerotto. You’ll get a deep-fried folded pizza with a light, fluffy texture on the inside, and it’s jam-packed with oozy tomato sauce, fried aubergine, ricotta salata cheese and fresh basil.
Dough House, 2 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.
Hyde Park Book Club’s Classic Burger
Hyde Park Book Club is the only place in Leeds that used Veg Butcher ‘meats’. They look, feel and taste like meat – but they’re 100% veggie. Try it in their signature burger – it’s made with a Veg Butcher patty and comes tucked inside a toasted brioche bun, piled high with mixed leaves, tomatoes, house sauce, cheese and caramelised onions.
Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1BL.
Knave’s Kitchen’s CFC
Want to snaffle down and dirty junk food? Knave’s Kitchen is renowned for its indulgent seitan recipes and the CFC is a must-try. The seitan is hand-made in-house to their secret recipe, then shaped into chicken-esque goujons and covered in corn flake batter. They’re piled into a toasted flour tortilla and packed tightly with Brazilian slaw and chive ranch dressing.
Knave’s Kitchen, Oporto, 33 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
The Mill Kitchen’s Turkish Eggs
Take a trip out to The Mill Kitchen for a lazy brunch. Their Turkish Eggs taste just as good as they look – you get two runny poached eggs with a pile of garlic yoghurt and a slice of sourdough toast. They’re drizzled with caramelised chilli butter and sprinkled with crispy chickpeas. Want more? You can add halloumi, homemade baked beans or avocado as a delicious extra.
The Mill Kitchen, 1 The Old Combing, Sunny Bank Mills, Paradise Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.
Roots & Fruits’ Jerk Jackfruit
There are lots of tempting treats on Roots and Fruits’ completely veggie menu, but their speciality is the Jerk Jackfruit. They have a secret recipe rub which they use to marinate the jackfruit to give it that incredible sweet and spicy taste. It’s also used to coat the plantain, sweet potato, cauliflower and peppers it comes stuffed into a tortilla wrap with, as well as coconut, sour cream, mango salsa, salad, cheese sauce and guacamole.
Roots & Fruits, 10-11 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
Bundobust’s Vada Pav
It may be an Indian joint, but Bundobust has burgers down to a fine art. The Vada Pav is Mumbai’s favourite burger and you’ll soon see why. Instead of your standard veggie burger, this is a taste sensation – they roll up a mashed potato ball with a secret mix of spices, then deep fry it. Once cooked, it’s sandwiched in a brioche bun and topped with red and green chutney.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.
Bill’s Carrot, Mushroom & Cashew Nut Wellington
A wellington is usually a meat-centric feast, but not at Bill’s. They’ve flipped this British staple on its head using fresh ingredients. They make a soft and flakey pastry case and fill it with carrots, marmalade and cashew nuts, which they bring together with spinach and chestnut mushrooms to create a veg-centric but surprisingly filling dish worth trying. Covered in their 100% vegan gravy with a mound of butterbean mash on the side, it’s a hearty, meat-free treat.
Bill’s, 1 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL.
Tavernaki’s Halloumi Platter
Tavernaki is like a little slice of the Mediterranean right here in Leeds, and thankfully they have the food to match. The name of the restaurant gives a lot away, and that’s where you should direct your attention, because the Halloumi Souvlaki is to die for. Chunks of grilled halloumi are served up in a lemon marinade, with salad, roasted veggies, tzatziki, pita and spiced chips – go on, ask them if you can switch the tzatziki for hummus, you know you want to.
Tavernaki, 18 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3DW.
The Falafel Guys’ Arabic Wraps
Have you tried Falafel Guys yet? It’s a street food van, slap bang in the middle of Briggate, and hut found down at Assembly Underground where you can find the best Arabic wraps in town. Load ‘em up with their famous homemade falafel balls, cooked to order, and nestled in a wrap with hummus, tahini, salad, aioli and hot sauce. Hell, you can even double the goodness by getting halloumi in there too.
The Falafel Guys, 47 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HF.
Simpatico’s Roman-style Pizza
Simpatico does things differently. This is a creative Roman-style pizza joint where you order by the slice – and what a slice it is. You get a crispy base with a soft top made using 72-hour fermented dough. It’s then covered in delicious toppings – the selection changes every day, but keep an eye out for the likes of Beetroot, Goat’s Cheese & Edamame Beans and Asparagus, Broccoli & Gorgonzola.
Simpatico, 16 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.
Rola Wala’s Keralan Chickpea
Rola Wala has become a lunchtime favourite with their twisted Indian street food. They offer a range of meat-free options – but it’s the Keralan chickpea that you absolutely have to eat. It’s packed with flavour thanks to the charred sweet potato and the light coconut and tamarind sauce. Wrap it up in their naan roll or stick in a hot bowl with your choice of fresh veggies – you won’t be disappointed.
Rola Wala, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
Cantina’s Cluck Norris Burger
Fancy a dirty veggie burger? The Cluck Norris is Cantina’s stand-out and it packs a punch just like its namesake. You’ll get a chunky buttermilk fried ‘chicken’ patty covered in their sweet house hot sauce. It’s stacked high with onion rings before being draped in fiery jalapeño rainbow slaw and salad leaves. Sandwiched inside a sweet brioche bun, this is junk food at its vegan best.
Cantina, The Old Red Bus Station, 101 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
The Brunswick’s Veggie Sunday Roast
Vegetarian Sunday roasts can be hit and miss, but not at The Brunswick. Theirs have quickly become the stuff of legend. They serve generously-sized slices of homemade nut roast alongside roast potatoes, butter-glazed carrots, sweetheart cabbage and a Yorkshire pudding. You even get vegan gravy to pour over. The pièce de résistance is their mini Bloody Mary, which comes with your dinner.
The Brunswick, 82 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
Laynes Espresso’s Shakshuka
A traditional Middle Eastern dish, shakshuka is something you might not have come across before – but veggies are in for a treat with this dish from Laynes Espresso. You get tomatoes, chillies and onions cooked into a vibrant ragout with pistachios and baked eggs. It creates a tasty dish that’s perfectly matched with their harissa-buttered sourdough toast. Scoop it up and enjoy.
Laynes Espresso, 16 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.