The sights, smells and flavours of Indian street food are winging their way to the Merrion Centre…
‘Nukkad’ means ‘street corner’ in Hindi. And while it may sound like an unassuming premise, in reality this brand new street food cafe is anything but meek. You’ll find Nukkad’s shiny, modern food stall in the Merrion Centre, where they’ll be serving on-the-go treats straight from the streets of India. Think fast, fresh and flavourful dishes with authentic samosas, chaats and dosas whipped up at lightning speed from closely-guarded family recipes.
Owners Abhi Kurana and Amol Kapote wanted to recreate much-loved food favourites and bring them to the Yorkshire masses. “We really struggled to find authentic Indian street food that you get on the streets of India in Yorkshire, so we created Nukkad, a place that brings to life the culture and colour of India with an array of mouth-watering street food,” Amol told us.
Their first venture was a street food van in York which arrived in 2017 and still gets rave reviews to this day. Now they’ve brought that same experience to Leeds – and there’s something for everyone, with veggie, vegan and gluten-free options starting from a very reasonable £2.
Savoury chaats are the ultimate taster to start with. These bite-sized, crispy snacks are as versatile as they are delicious. They arrive piping hot in your hand in a matter of minutes with a range of toppings including spiced potatoes, chickpeas, sweet ’n’ sour tamarind chutney and soothing yoghurt. If you’re not sure which topping to go for, try the firm Indian favourite of dahi puri chaat – crispy fried dough stuffed with potatoes, homemade chutney and fresh coriander. It’s a real treat, especially as it’s not often found in the UK.
Pancake dosas and kathi rolls (a type of Indian flatbread wrap) are on-hand to fill a more substantial hole in your stomach. Both can be used as a base for a variety of meaty, vegetarian or vegan fillings, ranging from dhaba-style spiced chicken to fragrant chickpea curry. Wash your chosen dish down with a cooling mango lassi or creamy spiced chai, and the job’s a good’un.
With dishes from £2 up to £7.50, keeping Nukkad on your lunchtime radar needn’t even burn a hole in your pocket. Everything here is freshly made, thrumming with flavour and ready in a matter of minutes. If only all street corners ticked so many boxes.
Nukkad, Merrion Centre, Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG. It’s open seven days a week from 11am-5pm.