Got change in your pocket? Here are a quintet of mouthwatering meals you need to try for under a fiver.
Tasty eats are everywhere you look in Leeds, and these ones prove that you don’t even need a whole fiver to grab a good bite. Whether you fancy an Italian flatbread stuffed with cheese for a light lunch, a sticky, spicy bao bun to go with your pint or a heartily filling plant-based pie, you’ll get an absolute steal with each one of these treats. Try one, try them all, you won’t regret it!
Chicken Shish Sandwich at Mr Mackerel
Tucked away in Kirkgate Market, Mr Mackerel serves banging Turkish street food for a bargain price. Contrary to the name, it’s not all fish, with lamb kofta, chicken shish, soup and chips on the menu too. The chicken shish sandwich is brilliant value at £3.50 and really tasty – think soft bread, piled high with chargrilled chicken, crunchy salad and a generous drizzle of chilli sauce. It’s cooked to order, so it’s piping hot and utterly moreish. Add a soft drink for 50p and you’ll still leave with change.
Mr Mackerel, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 28-34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Pizza Al Taglio at Simpatico
Are you a pizza fiend? You’ll love Simpatico’s slices. We’re talking a divine pizza base that’s crunchy on the bottom, yet fluffy and light on top, with delicious toppings that change daily. One day you could be tucking into prosciutto, mushroom and Gorgonzola, the next (because you know you’ll be going back) it’ll be chorizo, feta and new potatoes. Slices start at £3 for a margherita, and vary depending on the toppings, giving you ample change from a fiver whatever you go for.
Simpatico, 16 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.
Bao Buns at Little Bao Boy
Little Bao Boy have stuffed their fluffy Japanese buns with all sorts of yumminess and you might find it hard to resist them. There’s five-spice pulled pork, sweet chilli braised beef or crunchy coated chicken for the carnivores. But don’t worry, there’s plenty for veggies and vegans too. Beer-battered cauliflower, crispy hoisin tofu and panko vegan prawns make up the rest of an always-tempting menu. They cost £5 on the dot, but they’re well worth it as an accompaniment to any pint.
Little Bao Boy, North Brewing Co Tap, 3 Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 43R and Springwell, Buslingthorpe Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2DF.
Pie and Peas at Scoff’s
Fan of a good ol’ pie? Scoff’s has got an array of handmade, vegan pastry delights on offer – and you can grab one with a portion of peas for under a fiver. Fillings change on a daily basis, but you could be sinking your teeth into rich ‘steak’ & ale, gooey cheeze & onion or creamy chick’n & mushroom, all surrounded by incredibly tasty flaky pastry. Perfectly paired with a pot of peas and a glug of gravy, it’s a hearty meal that you won’t believe comes in at £4.50.
Scoffs, 86 New Road Side, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4LZ.
Piadina at La Bottega Milanese
La Bottega Milanese’s piadina is the perfect light lunch – paired with one of their Italian coffees, it’s a knockout. A piadina is a thin flatbread originating from northern Italy, layered with delicious fillings like Taleggio cheese and ham or spicy sausage, smoked cheese and chutney, before it’s folded up and grilled to perfection. The cheese gets gooey, the fillings warm through and the flatbread gets delightfully crispy. The best bit is that it comes in at a bargainous £4.45. What a steal!
La Bottega Milanese, 2 Bond Court, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JZ and Park House, Park Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2NU.