The veggie food at these three Leeds eateries is almost good enough to leave meat behind.
Okay, okay, you’re sceptical, but hear us out! Vegetarian food can be just as tasty, just as filling and just as irresistible as its carnivorous counterparts. Don’t believe us? Try the delicious eats at these three local favourites – you’ll soon be converted to our way of thinking, even if it’s only for a night.
It may be more of a bar than a restaurant, but we challenge you to spend time in Bundobust without devouring some of their Indian street food. Their menu is packed full of ingenuity and flavour that will make you forget all about meat. There’s the classic Tarka Dhal or their famous Bundo Chaat, but the standout is the Vada Pav. A burger with a difference, it’s a spicy mashed potato ball stuffed in a brioche bun with red and green chutney and hot green chillies – and it’s been named one of the best burgers in the world by Bloomberg. Try it for yourself.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.
Hyde Park Book Club
If you can’t quite bear to give up meat, Hyde Park Book Club offers a tempting alternative. They get their ‘meat’ specially from the Vegetarian Butcher. Imported from Holland, it’s the brainchild of Jaap Kortewag, a cattle farmer turned vegetarian who decided to find a way to make products look, taste and feel like meat. The result is a menu of meat-free delights that are just as filling as their namesakes. They’ve got a Full English made with Veg Butcher sausages, the Classic Veg Butcher Burger and a sandwich loaded with Veg Butcher meatballs. You won’t believe it’s meat-free – but then again, that’s the whole point.
Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1BL.
One of the most exciting additions to Leeds in recent years, Cantina has proved that vegan food can be deliciously versatile. It’s the city’s first 100% vegan cafe and it’s headed up by Sam Thomas. He’s put together a menu that’s incredibly diverse, so you can try something different every time you visit. This time it might be the Classic Pulled Jackfruit Burger with smokey whiskey BBQ sauce and rainbow slaw, next time you might try Slow Cooked Cantina Chana Masala with fresh roti and chive yoghurt – either way, you’re in for a treat.
Cantina at The Old Red Bus Station, 101 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.