If you want a bargain feed and have a fiver to spare, these Leeds eateries have got you covered.
Eating out doesn’t have to be pricey, as these five delicious treats prove. The next time you’ve got a hankering for a tasty feed and don’t want to spend more than a fiver, you’re sorted. We’re talking bulging Arabic wraps, Roman-style pizza and scrumptious Turkish skewers. So, what will it be?
Pizza al taglio at Simpatico
Get a bargain slice of Roman-style pizza at Simpatico. They specialise in pizza al taglio, which means by-the-slice, and it’s cooked the traditional way, with a crispy bottom and a fluffy upper. You can get one for as little as £2.85, so you might even squeeze two slices into your fiver, but it depends on the toppings. They change every day, so you can expect everything from spicy meatballs to ‘nduja, ricotta and parmesan.
Simpatico, 16 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.
Wraps at Falafel Guys
Swing by the city’s favourite street food van for a bulging Mediterranean wrap that will give you change from a fiver. You can load their traditional Arabic wraps with chicken shawarma, homemade falafel or giant slices of halloumi, then slather on homemade hummus and tahini. They pile on salad and drizzle on a big squeeze of chilli sauce to add an extra kick, before serving it, still warm.
The Falafel Guys, 47 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HF & Assembly Underground, 12 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL.
Turkish skewers at Mr Mackerel
Mr Mackerel’s unassuming stall is home to one of the best bargains in Leeds. They specialise in Turkish street food, like chicken shish kebabs. They’re marinated in a secret blend of spices and sizzle them fresh in front of your eyes. You get two big skewers, alongside your choice of rice or chips, an eclectic salad and a host of toppings and sauces. It’s a fiver well spent.
Mr Mackerel, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 28-34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Piadinas at La Bottega Milanese
Next time you pop into La Bottega for a coffee, treat yourself to one of their piadinas. These thin flatbreads come from the Romagna region of North East Italy and they’re made with white flour, salt, olive oil and water. You can get them stuffed with all kinds of savoury fillings, like the porchetta, mozzarella and salami – it’s crunchy on the outside but oozily good on the inside and a snip at just £4.25.
La Bottega Milanese, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 8TL & 2 Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JZ.
Thali at Manjit’s Kitchen
The Thali is the best way to discover the veggie Punjabi cuisine that Manjit’s Kitchen has become famous for. Come hungry because it’s a big tray filled with cumin rice, pickles, salad, chutney, rotifer and your choice of two curries – and you get the lot for just £4.95. The curries change daily, but you could treat yourself to everything from chana masala to temple dhal, potato & spinach and Keralan veg.
Leeds Kirkgate Market, 28-34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Ali Turner