From Kerala to Kashmir, these delectable Indian feasts are sure to keep you coming back for more…
When it comes to Indian restaurants, we’re spoilt for choice in Leeds. From classic tikka masalas bursting with cream and spices to flavourful deep fried potato concoctions and even colourful sweet treats, there are delicious dishes as far as the eye can see. But which of these 16 eateries should you try first?
Manjit’s Kitchen has long been a watchword for excellent street food in Leeds, and their permanent location in Kirkgate Market is the perfect place to try it. You’ll be drawn in by the heavenly aroma of their traditional veggie Punjabi dishes, with curries that change daily. Why not bag yourself the Thali – a little taste of everything? You’ll get two curries, cumin rice, salad, pickles, chutney and a rotifer all on one tray.
Manjit’s Kitchen, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 28-34 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY. Main courses range from £4.95 to £6.
One of only 10 restaurants in Leeds with a prestigious Michelin Recommendation, Tharavadu specialises in an authentic Keralan experience, right down to the bar’s wooden roof and decorative wall scrolls. Hailing from India’s southern coast, the region is heavily influenced by Arab, Greek, Roman and European tastes, often blending coconut and spices. That means there’s no chicken tikka in sight, but you can enjoy delicious dishes like the Spicy Kochi Curry and Marari Prawn Masala, a creamy blend of garlic and seafood.
Tharavadu, 7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ. Main courses range from £5.29 to £17.49.
There’s something for every palate at Bengal Brasserie, with fans of classic curries, 100% veggie dishes and spice overloads all catered for. The emphasis is on Bengali cooking, with a combination of Indian and Bangladeshi flavours. From Handi Gosht, a simmering blend of lamb in a thick chilli and coriander sauce, to the incendiary Naga Chilli Chicken, which is made with ultra-spicy naga chillis and herb, whatever you pick, it’s sure to be tasty.
Bengal Brasserie, 5 Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT & 633B Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4BA & 65 Haddon Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2JE. Main courses range from £8.95 to £12.95.
Leeds is packed with Indian restaurants, but none have as rich a history as Aagrah. Since opening in Shipley in 1977, they’ve been dishing up delicious Kashmiri food to the great and good for as long as anyone can remember. Best known for their enormous naans, they’re served hot and fluffy, ready to be piled high with curry, pickles and a dollop of raita. Pair with the Balti Chicken or Lamb Rogan Josh, and you’ll see exactly what we mean.
Aagrah Leeds City, St Peter’s Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AH. Main courses range from £7.95 to £12.50.
A real local favourite, Bundobust doesn’t just serve amazing Indian street food, it also stakes a strong claim for having the best vegetarian food in Leeds. That’s right, there’s no meat to be found here, and yet you almost certainly won’t notice. Make a beeline for their delicious Vada Pav, a rolled and spiced potato ball, deep fried and nestled inside a pillowy soft brioche bun, and pair it with their crunchy Okra Fries for a delicious carb overload.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ. Main courses range from £3.75 to £6.50.
Ready for dessert? There’s a family-run eatery in Harehills that will keep your sweet tooth sated too. Anand Sweets might be a small shop, but it sells an enormous selection of traditional Indian sweet treats. We’re talking Coconut Barfi, Mango Shrikhand and even the oh-so-naughty fried dough Ballu Shahi. If you need to balance it out, they’ve got a range of savoury curries and snacks too.
Anand Sweets, 109 Harehills Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 5HS. Sweets range from £6 to £10 per kilogram.
Long celebrated as one of the country’s finest Gujarati vegetarian restaurants, Hansa’s has been a Leeds institution for over 30 years – all under the watchful eye of chef and founder Hansa Dabhi. The menu draws inspiration from across the West Indian coast, and the very best way to try it is with their Special Thali. You’ll get two curries with plain or pilau rice, rotli or puri bread, a bowl of farsan and a glass of lassi. It’s every flavour you could possibly need, all in one meal.
Hansa’s, 72-74 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN. Main courses range from £7.50 to £8.25.
Tucked away in Trinity Kitchen, Rola Wala’s twisted Indian street food is unlike any other in Leeds. For starters, their rolled naans and rice bowls are packed with at least 47 ingredients, and the spices are all supplied new each week for the freshest kick. From Bengali Spiced Beef and Goan Pulled Pork to Red Channa Daal and Keralan Cauliflower, the menu is bursting with choice. Top it off with pickles, coriander or coleslaw for a fully-loaded flavour sensation.
Rola Wala, Trinity Kitchen, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY. Main courses range from £5.95 to £6.45.
If you’re passing through the Merrion Centre, make a beeline for Nukkad, a brand new Indian street food stall that’s come over from York. Their name means ‘street corner’ in Hindi, which is exactly where their closely guarded family recipes were first tested out. Crispy fried Dahi Puri, Spiced Chickpea Curry and Pancake Dosas, you’ll find it all here, piping hot and ready to eat on the go.
Nukkad, Merrion Centre, Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG. Main courses range from £6 to £7.50.
Eating out? Tuck into uber-cool Indian street food at Cat’s Pyjamas. This chic, industrial restaurant is the brainchild of Alison White and serves up classic Indian dishes compressed into a modern small plate style. You could try a Tandoori Mixed Grill and Paneer Taco, Kolkata Chaat or Goan Chicken Cafreal for a hit of bite-sized deliciousness. But there are full-size dishes too if you want a proper feed, with everything from Lamb Rogan Josh to Pepper Chicken and Railway Potato Curry.
Cat’s Pyjamas, 9 Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7LY & 53 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AB. Main courses range from £4.75 to £9.50.
You’ll find Deeva outside Leeds city centre in Farsley, an Indian restaurant that has gained a lot of fans thanks to its modern take on classic Indian dishes. They’ve still got standard fare like kormas, dansaks and dopiazas, but you can also try adventurous flavour pairings like Chilli Paneer, Afghani Chicken and Lamb Handi too. Set in a historic church-turned-restaurant, the decor is airy and stripped back, giving you a relaxed space to enjoy a delicious feed.
Deeva, 58 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LD. Main courses range from £8.50 to £13.95.
Indian Tiffin Room
Looking for an authentic Indian experience right in the heart of Leeds? Step forward Indian Tiffin Room. There’s no vindaloo, onion bhajis or poppadoms here, just amazing street food, cooked to order right in front of you. The menu covers all 26 Indian states, from chaat and tiffin to melt-in-the-mouth kebabs cooked over charcoal on the Tandoor. It’s a real flavour experience from start to finish, especially if you add one of their spice-infused cocktails.
Indian Tiffin Room, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD. Main courses range from £7.95 to £10.60.
Need a filling feed after a night out on the tiles? Akbar’s is there for you with big portions of delicious Indian curries until midnight every night of the week, and until 12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays. All the classics are here, with enormous mincemeat samosas, deep fried pakoras and chicken baltis, but they sit alongside more unusual dishes like Seafood Balti or Balti Lazeez, a mixture of chicken, prawns, gosht and sweetcorn. For a midnight feast in Leeds, there’s nothing better.
Akbar’s, 15 Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7LY. Main courses range from £7.95 to £11.45.
Corner Cafe have been serving up delectable food on Burley Road since 1986. You’ll find all your favourites here, from King Prawn Masala to Chicken Bhuna, and you can get them spiced to your personal heat level, starting at mild all the way up to vindaloo. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with their homemade kulfi, they’ve got a staggering 25 flavours on offer, including marmalade, espresso and even liquorice.
Corner Cafe, 104 Burley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1JP. Main courses range from £7.50 to £9.30.
A palace of vegetarian delights, Kerala’s menu brings together delicious meat-free dishes from across the four Southern states of India, Andra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu. That means there’s a real blend of ingredients and spices, from their aromatic Chickpea Chana Masala to the Spicy Bombay Potato. Put any of them on a bed of piping hot coconut rice for a meal fit for a king, served in a traditional, pared down venue.
Kerala Restaurant, 2 Eastgate, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL. Main courses range from £6.99 to £14.99.
At Miah’s Kitchen, you can enjoy tasty grub throughout the day. Blending Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine, they have worldwide favourites like dansaks and dopiazas on the menu, alongside more unusual dishes like the Tikka Naga. Made with what was, until recently, the world’s hottest chilli – it’s not for the faint of heart, yet still manages to be delicious if you’re brave enough.
Miah’s Kitchen, 3 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2DR. Main courses range from £5.80 to £9.85.