Got a hankering for Thai food? We’ve made it a little bit easier to decide where to go by rounding up the best Thai restaurants in Leeds…
With everything from fragrant curries to big piles of noodles and sizzling plates of meat, it’s really no wonder that Thai food has become one of the city’s most popular cuisines. As a result, there are oodles of restaurants for you to choose from. You can do everything from street food cafes to high-end restaurants, but where should you go? We’ve rounded up the best in Leeds to help you decide.
Chaophraya is a glamorous restaurant that brings a modern decor together with original Thai sculptures and decorations. The luxurious feel extends to their wide-ranging menu – you can try everything from their unusual Thai chicken tacos to the traditional Weeping Tiger which comes served on a sizzling hot plate with vegetables and black pepper sauce. For the complete experience, wash down your meal with one of their Thai cocktails.
Chaophraya, 20a Blayds Court, Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG. Main courses range from £9 to £21.
Walking into Zaap is just like walking into a Bangkok market. It’s a bustling restaurant filled with Thai relics, knick-knacks and tuk-tuks – the latter you can actually eat in. There’s a massive menu of over 100 dishes – this is their take on traditional Thai street food, so you can expect everything from dim sum to curries and noodles. They do classics like Gang Ped, Pad Thai and Tom Yum, but why not try something new? They roast meat fresh every day in traditional Thai style or you could try one of their Jaen Deaw plates, like the Hoy Tod, which promises a plate of crispy pan-fried mussel pancakes.
Zaap, Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG. Main courses range from £7.50 to £15.95.
There are no airs or graces to Jino’s – it’s a family-run Thai restaurant in Headingley. This simple, cafe-style eatery is cheap and cheerful, so you can tuck into tasty, decent value dishes. They have a great selection of noodle dishes – you can play it safe with the classic Pad Thai or try something different like the Laat Na, which brings together thick noodles in a black bean sauce. Their curries are great too, especially Pla Shu Shi, a Thai-style fish curry that’s one of their specialities.
Jino’s Thai Cafe, 46 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AL. Main course range from £7.95 to £11.50.
Thai Aroy Dee
Thai Aroy Dee is a Leeds staple that needs little introduction. It’s a chilled out, no-frills restaurant with top quality dishes for a bargain price. The menu is full of dishes you’ll know – we’re talking Gang Panang, Jungle Curry and Pad Khing. They do a few specials, if you fancy trying something new, like the Goong Chae Nam Pla, which combines king prawns, garlic, chillies, fish sauce and lime juice. Although they serve alcohol, you can still bring your own bottle for a small corkage fee.
Thai Aroy Dee, 120-122 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL. Main courses range from £5.95 to £12.95, but most dishes are under £10.
May’s Thai Cafe
May’s Thai Cafe is a hidden gem. It’s a tiny, unassuming cafe in the heart of Hyde Park that the students know well, but the rest of Leeds might not have discovered. It only seats around 20 people, but the menu’s worth squeezing in for. The curries are what they do best, particularly Gang Garse, a Thai style chicken curry with madras spices, tomato, potato, onion and coconut milk. But they also have more than their fair share of soups, stir-fries and Thai salads.
May’s Thai Cafe, 225 Hyde Park Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1AH. Main courses range from just £5.95 to £7.50.
Hidden away amongst a handful of shops in Headingley, you’ll find Thai Sabai, one of Leeds’ best Thai restaurants. It’s a welcoming little eatery, full of Thai charm, but it does get busy. It’s a good job the food’s worth waiting for – they do a mean Weeping Tiger and their curries are definitely worth shouting about. It’s also great for vegetarians, with a separate two-page menu, including dishes like Tofu Pad Pal and Oyster and Mushroom Panang Hed.
Thai Sabai, 2 The Parade, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HP. Main courses ranging from £7.95 to £13.95.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe
Rosa’s Thai Cafe offers a fresh take on classic Thai food, which you can enjoy in a light, colourful restaurant at the top of Trinity Leeds. You’ll find all the classics here, from Pad Thai to Green Curry, but you won’t be short of options if you want to try something new. Their Grilled Northern Style Sausage packs an almighty punch or you can try their renowned Drunken Noodles. Pair your main with a Chang Beer or one of their Thai-influenced creative cocktails.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe, Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre, 21 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT. Main courses range from £6.25 to £13.25.
Phranakhon is the city’s only Thai tapas restaurant. It’s a small, underground eatery with a rustic decor that’s full of Thai trinkets. They recommend five to six plates per couple and the menu is absolutely massive, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. Tuck into a host of familiar favourites like Thai Red Curry, Duck Spring Rolls and Moo Yang, alongside a few unusual creations, like the Pad Prik Taco, a pair of heaving tacos stuffed with chilli beef and fried egg.
Phranakhon, 11 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2DS.
Thai Edge is often forgotten, but this age-old favourite shouldn’t be missed. It’s a clean, crisp venue, decorated with little hints of Thailand. The food matches up – they have more than 150 dishes for you to try out. You could go for something straightforward, like Chicken Lemongrass or Roasted Duck in Cashew Nuts, but if you are feeling adventurous try the Tida Phatthalung, an extra hot stir-fry that’s packed full of vibrant flavour which makes it one of Thailand’s most popular dishes.
Thai Edge, New Portland Street, 7 Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3DA. Main courses range from £7.95 to £16.95.
If you fancy a quick taste of Thailand for a bargain price, head to My Thai. You’re in and out in no time as they give you a glimpse of an authentic Bangkok dining experience. The menu takes inspiration from Thailand’s capital, so it’s full of delicious street food favourites. You can tuck into dishes like Tom Yum Soup and Thai Green Curry or try one of their signature dishes like Nuer Yang, a chargrilled sirloin steak, served with veggies and a jaew dipping sauce.
My Thai, 43 Wade Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NJ & 26 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EY. Main courses range from £6.50 to £10.
You’ll find the family-run Thai Sun restaurant in a pub that’s been transformed into a slice of Thailand – expect an incredible decor, full of references to their homeland, from the Buddhist statues to the artwork on the walls. The menu is just as impressive – you can find all of the classic soups, curries and noodle dishes on there, alongside popular creations like the sizzling Weeping Tiger and the Thai Spare Ribs Special.
Thai Sun, 153 Town Street, Stanningley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6ES. Main courses range from £7.99 to £14.95.
Viet-Thai is an intimate, cafe-style eatery that has a small menu of family recipes that have been passed down through the generations by the family of owners Minh and Huong Dao. Will you go for familiar favourites like Pad Thai and Thai Green Curry? Or will you try something new, like the Char-grilled Lamb marinated in five-spice and herbs? They also have a bring your own bottle policy and there’s no corkage fee, so you’ll save yourself a few quid too.
Viet-Thai, 134 Bradford Road, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 6UR. Main courses range from £8.50 to £10.90.
Line Thai Oriental
If you’re looking for cheap and cheerful Thai food, Line Thai will do the job. It’s simple and unassuming with an open kitchen where you can see the chefs at work creating tasty dishes. They have all the classics, whether it’s noodles or curries, as well as a few specialities like the Roasted Duck with Cream Coconut and Red Curry Sauce. It’s also got a dedicated menu for vegans and vegetarians, which includes dishes like the Panang Vegetable Curry with herbs and ground peanuts.
Line Thai Oriental, 39 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB. Mains range from £7 to £10.95.
Sukhothai is one of Leeds’ most popular Thai restaurants and you can expect a buzzing restaurant, covered in extravagant Thai statues and knick-knacks. The food here is top quality – we’re talking carefully crafted dishes like Phed Pad Prik Gang (stir fried duck with red curry, green beans, mushrooms, red pepper, carrot and lime leaves) and the Gang Supprarod (Thai curry with coconut milk and pineapple).
Sukhothai, 15 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QS, St Anne’s Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3NX & 8 Regent Street, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4PE. Main courses range from £7.50 to £17.95.
Thai Basil is a cosy, welcoming restaurant in the heart of Guiseley and it’s got a big reputation. Their menu brings together popular Thai dishes with a few unusual options – and you decide how spicy your dish is. From the Pad Thai to the Thai Red Curry, the Thai favourites are worth a go, but you might want to try something different – the Talay Pal promises chargrilled tiger prawns, squid, salmon and mussels in a spicy seafood sauce and it’s one of their specialities.
Thai Basil, 12 Bradford Road, Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS20 8NH. Main courses range from £8.25 to £12.50.
You can really widen your horizons with a trip to Mommy Thai – and at a bargain price too. Go for something from their standard menu, which is full of familiar staples like Gang Massaman and Jungle Curry. Or, you could try their ‘Mommy’s Special’ menu, which will see you experience the true taste of Bangkok – think of dishes like the Guay Jab, an offal noodle soup full of pork belly, pig’s liver, a boiled egg and even a pig’s stomach. Though, be careful, these dishes can pack a fiery punch.
Mommy Thai, 7 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ. Main courses range from £6.50 to £10.95.
Sweet Basil Valley
With an extensive menu of Thai dishes (they have a lot of Chinese ones too), Sweet Basil Valley is one of the best places to eat in Yeadon. It’s a huge restaurant which is smartly decorated with booths and traditional Thai trinkets. The menu is great value and full of familiar creations that have been given a twist – we’re talking dishes like the Fillet Steak Hot Pot Masaman Curry and the Seafood Special Thai Omelette.
Sweet Basil Valley, Green Lane, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7BY. Main courses range from £7.50 to £13.