When it comes to eating out in Leeds, you’re absolutely spoilt for choice, so let us narrow down it down for you with this list of five lip-smacking dishes…
Clear your diaries and cancel the diet, because you’re going to want to eat everything on this list – and sooner rather than later. From Mexican street food served 80s sitcom style to roast dinner wraps and session fries, you should work your way through the list, one by one.
One of the best ways to experience Tharavadu’s cooking is with their thali. Theirs is known as the Sadya, a traditional Keralan banquet that’s usually served all together on a banana leaf, but here they do it on a metal feasting tray. You’ll start with the prawn or parippu soup, before you work your way through seven of the chef’s choice curries – they do a veggie option, if you want to forgo the meat. The soup and curries come with a big steaming bowl of rice and a plate of traditional breads. It even comes with pudding – you’ll finish your meal with Semiya Payasam, a saffron and cardamom infused vermicelli dessert.
Tharavadu, 7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.
That Yorkshire pudding wrap
When do you not need a Yorkshire pudding wrap in your belly? This is God’s Own County after all. The Yorkshire Wrap Company has it down – they cook up a huge flat Yorkshire pudding, fill it up with all kinds of goodness, and roll it up so you can eat it like a burrito. You have two options – you can get roast beef, red cabbage, onion and horseradish or roast pork, sage and onion stuffing with mustard and apple sauce. They also have daily specials, and if you’re there early doors, you can even try a full English.
Yorkshire Wrap Company, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
These session fries
You’ve got to try Patty Smith’s Session Fries. You’ll get a huge red school dinner tray piled high with skin-on twice-cooked chips. They’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – but they don’t stop at the chips. They’re smothered in a mix of smoked pancetta, pecorino cheese, fried rosemary, pickled chillies and Sriracha chilli mayo, before sprinkling them with rosemary sea salt. These bad boys are designed for sharing, but if you’re hungry, you’ll have no problem polishing off the lot.
Patty Smith’s, Belgrave Music Hall, 1 Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
This TV Dinner
Head down to Chida Cantina, where Holy Mountain are taking over the kitchen until the end of January. You can get a TV Dinner that looks like it’s come straight out of an American sitcom. It comes on an aluminium tray with different compartments full of Mexican street food. You’ll get two of the same tacos – try the Al Pastor, filled with sticky pork belly with apple slaw or chipotle mayo. The other sections will be filled with a portion of house nachos, mountain rice, guacamole and hot sauce – it’s a throwback feast you need to try.
Holy Mountain at Chida Cantina, 5 Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
That roast dinner
The Reliance is a longtime Leeds favourite, and with a roast dinner like theirs, is it any wonder? Take a pew in this charming, rustic bar on a Sunday afternoon and make sure you’re hungry. You get a plateful of roast potatoes, vegetables, gravy and a Yorkshire pudding, with a prime cut of Yorkshire-sourced meat. Choose from roast topside of rare beef, roast loin of Gloucester Old Spot pork or roast shoulder of lamb for a perfect Sunday lunch. If you’re veggie (maybe even if you’re not), The Reliance nut roast comes with all the trimmings too.
The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.