Liven up your lunch break with one of these three lunches that will give your palate a new lease of life into the afternoon…
It’s time to swap those dull sarnies and salads for a lunch that’s infinitely more interesting. This trio of Leeds independents will make your lunch one of the tastiest meals of the day. Better still, it won’t cost the earth or take you all day to get. So which one will you try first?
The Arabic wraps at The Falafel Guys
Have you discovered The Falafel Guys yet? It’s No.1 on TripAdvisor, which might surprise you because it’s not a restaurant – it’s actually just a street food van, outside M&S on Briggate. They make their own falafel balls, tahini and hummus fresh every day and serve it up in an Arabic wrap. You can add halloumi or chicken shawarma, as well as salad, chilli sauce and garlic mayo to bring your lunch to life. This is a massive feed, so make sure you come hungry – they’re down on Briggate every day of the week bar Fridays.
The Falafel Guys, outside Marks and Spencer, 47 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HF.
The noodle soup at Senbon Sakura
Senbon Sakura is an unassuming Japanese eatery, with an exceptional menu and you simply have to try their noodle soup. It’s a DIY concept, so you choose what goes into it. First, there’s the base – do you want miso or pork bone stock? Then you can decide between the ramen egg noodles or the tamen thick rice noodles, and top it with anything from grilled chicken to king prawn katsu and veggie gyozas. Whatever you choose, they’ll load it up with seasonal veg in steaming bowl of warming broth that’s guaranteed to see you through until dinner.
Senbon Sakura, 71 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
The naan rolls at Rola Wala
There’s a reason why Rola Wala’s naan rolls are so darned tasty – each one is packed with at least 43 different ingredients. There’s something for everyone too. You could try Nagaland lamb. It’s a pile of lamb shoulder soaked in red wine vinegar and spiced up with onion masala. Or how about the Keralan chickpea? It brings together black chickpeas with charred sweet potato in a coconut and tamarind spice. Top it with veggies like grated carrot and shredded beetroot, before it’s sprinkled with coriander and a homemade chutney, like the Bombay sandwich spread, an Indian take on sriracha.
Rola Wala, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.Cover image credit: Contakt Photography