Leave your sandwiches at home and treat yourself to one of these irresistible eats on your next lunch break.
When it comes to your lunchtime feed, it’s always good to have a few aces up your sleeve. Thankfully, there are plenty of tantalising options right on your doorstep and we’ve picked out five go-to eats that have us coming back time and time again. From crispy chicken fillets smothered with katsu sauce to freshly prepared sourdough pizzas, they’re quick, reliable and damned tasty, so grab ‘em while you can.
Sourdough pizza at Franco Manca
Served on freshly-made sourdough that’s been proved for over 24 hours, Franco Manca certainly know how to do pizza right – they even have gluten-free bases. There are seven different toppings, each of which can be made vegan and coeliac-friendly. Try the Number 4 – it comes topped with roasted cured ham, wild mushrooms, stringy mozzarella and ricotta to create a deliciously cheesy number that will fill you right up.
Franco Manca, 1 Trinity Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AP. The pizzas start from £5.
Chicken Katsu Curry at Senbon Sakura
You can indulge in a warming Japanese staple with a trip to Senbon Sakura. Served with your choice of steamed rice or yakisoba noodles, the Chicken Katsu Curry is one of their most popular dishes. They take a chicken fillet and deep fry it, so that when you cut into its golden crispy coating, the chicken is soft and tender. Pair this with lashings of thick, slightly sweet curry sauce made with carrots and potatoes to truly set you up for the afternoon.
Senbon Sakura, 71 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR. The Chicken Katsu Curry is £8.
Burritos at The Mexican Pilgrim
Stuffed-to-bursting, the burritos from The Mexican Pilgrim are an absolute delight. You can pack yours with all kinds of fillings, but what will you go for? You can get succulent spicy chicken with avocado or pork carnitas in their homemade red wine and chipotle BBQ sauce. Throw in smoky refried beans, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo salsa and a dollop of cooling sour cream for a delicious, heaving wrap that threatens to burst at the seams.
The Mexican Pilgrim, East Parade Triangle, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS. The burritos start from £5.
Turkish skewers at Mr Mackerel
A medley of Turkish street food goodness, the combo plates at Mr Mackerel are a sure-fire way to sate your lunchtime cravings. You can get lamb or chicken skewers, marinated in a secret spice blend and cooked fresh to order on the grill, with a colourful salad made from shredded carrot, red cabbage, lettuce and pickled chillis. Throw in a heap of rice or chips, a small bowl of lentil soup and a soft flatbread to mop up the juices for a wonderfully filling feed.
Mr Mackerel, Leeds Kirkgate Market, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY. The combo plates start from £5.
Galipan Pepito at Caracas Grill
Ever had Venezuelan cuisine on your lunch break? The South American-inspired barbecue joint is cooks up a mean meaty feast and the Galipan Pepito should be top of your lunchtime bucket list. They stuff a crispy white baguette with succulent meat cooked fresh on their grill. You can mix and match sizzling slices of chicken, pork, steak or sausage with a fresh mixed leaf salad and sweet caramelised onions to create an almighty take on your usual lunch sarnie.
Caracas Grill, Britannia House, 16 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EU. The Galipan Pepito baguettes start from £6.95.Cover image credit: © Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Contakt Photography