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3 Hidden Lunch Destinations You Need in Your Life

· Katie Wells · Food and Drink

Discover your new favourite lunch spot.

Knave's Kitchen

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

Jah Jyot, Assembly Underground

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.

Knave’s Kitchen

Knave's Kitchen

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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.

Sheaf St

Sheaf St

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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.