If you haven’t had the pleasure of devouring these meat-free eats yet, get them on your bucket list pronto.
Veggies, you truly are spoilt for choice. When it comes to meat-free eats, the city’s eateries pass with flying colours and these five dishes stand out from the rest. A raved-about roast with giant puds, a towering burger stack with faux-meat patties and a boozy cheese toastie with beer-soaked onions are just waiting to be scoffed. There’s no time like the present, so go forth and devour.
Veggie Roast at The Brunswick
If you’re in the mood for a massive Sunday feed, the Veggie Roast at The Brunswick is a must. Alongside a herby nut roast, your plate will be piled high with golden roasties, olive oil glazed carrots and green beans, but it’s the giant Yorkshire pud that steals all the thunder – they make them light and fluffy yet perfectly crisp. You can douse the whole lot in meat-free gravy and cleanse your palate with a miniature Bloody Mary.
The Brunswick, 82 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN. You can get the Veggie Roast for £12.
Sea Shepherd at Knave’s Kitchen
A quirky and veggie-friendly take on fish and chips, the Sea Shepherd burger at Knave’s Kitchen deserves your undivided attention. Instead of fish, you’ll get a beer-battered tofu fillet that almost tastes like the actual thing, so you can still enjoy a soft inside and a crispy outer shell. They drizzle it with mushy pea infused mayo and garnish it with crispy baby gem lettuce, before stuffing the whole lot into a salt and vinegar bun.
Knave’s Kitchen, 33 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT. You can get the Sea Shepherd for £6.50.
Drunken Cheese Toast at LS6 Cafe
Ever had a boozy toastie? If the answer is no, head to LS6 Cafe to sample their delightful Drunken Cheese version. Sandwiched between two thick slices of bread is a pit of gooey, cheesy and beery goodness. It’s a culinary marriage of melted mature cheddar and beer-sautéed onions – you’ll even get a pot of home-made salsa for dipping on the side for good measure.
LS6 Cafe, 16 Headingley Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AS. You can get the Drunken Cheese Toastie for £5.10.
Chilli Paneer Wrap at Manjit’s Kitchen
The Chilli Paneer Wrap at Manjit’s Kitchen is both bursting with flavour and bulging at the seams. They marinate chunks of paneer in a medley of spices, before combining them with a colourful salad. Shredded carrot, red onion, coriander, tamarind and pickles are all mixed together, then finished off with cooling raita sauce. All this is squeezed into a single thinly rolled naan, ready to be demolished.
Manjit’s Kitchen, Leeds Kirkgate Market, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY. You can get the Chilli Paneer Wrap for £6.
Beyond Meat™ Burger
Hyde Park Book Club have a totally meat-free menu and this towering stack of a burger is the perfect choice. You’ll get two Beyond Meat™ patties alongside your usual burger fillings – we’re talking onion, lettuce, tomato and pickles all layered up in between two fresh buns. To finish off, they add their homemade burger sauce. Fancy cheese? You can add it for an extra quid and they even have a vegan option.
Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1BL. You can get the Beyond Meat™ Burger for £8.Cover image credit: © Copyright Leeds-List 2020 by Emma Cooke