Tucked away in bars and down quiet side streets, these eateries are well worth seeking out for a lunchtime feast.
Want to try somewhere new for lunch? These three under-the-radar restaurants are just waiting to be discovered. From an underground street food haven to an all-vegan pop-up in a famous Call Lane bar, each one is a hidden gem that serves delectable lunch dishes. So next time the clock strikes 12, give your regular midday haunt a miss and discover one of these elusive eateries instead.
Assembly Underground is a seriously cool street food kitchen hidden under the city’s streets. Head down the steps on the corner of Great George Street to enter a basement filled with delicious grub. From Slap & Pickle’s dirty burgers to Falafel Guys’ famous Arabic wraps, there are loads of tasty lunch options to try. Bread & Butter’s Picanha is a particular highlight. It’s the ultimate steak sandwich – they flame grill juicy strips of Brazilian rump cap, then pile it on a crisp and buttery Pão Francês roll with tomato salsa, rocket and a drizzle of balsamic.
Assembly Underground, 12 Great George St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL.
You won’t come across Knave’s Kitchen unless you’re in the know because this little vegan eatery is squirrelled away inside Oporto. That’s right, it’s a pop-up restaurant in a bar. It’s an undeniably cool, relaxed place for lunch, but what’s on the menu? They specialise in downright dirty vegan junk food, so you can fill your belly with pizza pockets, Kentucky-style fried ‘chicken’ and whopping great burgers. The Double Double sees two seitan patties smothered in Knave’s big mak sauce and sandwiched in a soft bun with onions, pickles and salad. Pair it with a side of waffle fries for a true feast.
Knave’s Kitchen, Oporto, 33 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
Want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre? Sheaf St is hidden away on the south side of the river and makes for a laid-back spot to while away your lunch break. It’s a veggie-friendly cafe that serves a small but tasty menu of dishes packed full of organic, locally-sourced fare. They have an ever-changing selection of toasties, soups and salads, but if you’re after something more filling you can grab a pizza courtesy of Itza. The pop-up pizza aficionados make proper Neapolitan pizzas in-house and use fresh, simple ingredients to give you a real taste of Italy.
Sheaf St Cafeteria, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD.