It’s time to get out of the kitchen because we’ve rounded up a host of fantastic budget restaurants in Leeds that’ll give you a proper feed without emptying your wallet.
Dining out can be tricky when you’re watching those pennies (or digging them out from in between the sofa cushions). So when you just don’t feel like cooking or want to leave the washing up to somebody else, don’t despair. Not only do these budget-friendly restaurants serve up delicious food, but they’ll save you money too.
Take a seat in Pizza Fella’s stripped-back venue and order yourself a proper Neapolitan pizza for less than a tenner. Will it be the Number Six, with portobello fior di latte and Napoli salami? Or go for their vegan option, the Number Nine, which is topped with your choice of portobello mushroom, balsamic onions, olives, capers, chargrilled zucchini, artichoke and chargrilled aubergine.
Pizza Fella, 114-116 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
Thai Aroy Dee
Thai A Roy Dee is a great shout if you’re on a budget. Their mains start at just £6.95 and you can tuck into the likes of Jungle Curry, Gang Matsaman or Pad Prig. Add rice or noodles for just £2.50 or play it smart by ordering an all-in-one meal, like their Pad Thai. Want something a little bit special? You can get the dishes you’d usually splash out on for a surprisingly affordable price – even the Weeping Tiger comes in under a tenner. Oh, and it’s free BYOB too.
Thai Aroy Dee, 120-122 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
Got a hankering for Indian food? Well, the good news is, Corner Cafe is just as gosh-darned affordable as it has been for over 40 years. You can get all your favourite dishes for a bargain price – how about Chicken Bhuna for £8 or Fish Massala for £8.75? And if you’re veggie, they do a wonderful Dhal made with eight different types of lentil, with prices starting from just £7.40. Add naans, rice and vegetables from just £2.25 for a delicious meal that’s perfect for sharing.
Corner Cafe, 104 Burley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1JP.
Budget restaurants in Leeds don’t get much better than La Besi. If you’re looking for a substantial feed that’ll leave you stuffed with change to spare, it’s an excellent choice. This family style Italian eatery dishes up all your favourites like Spaghetti Alla Carbonara, Italian Meatball Linguine and Salmon Fettuccini, as well as a range of pizzas, all under £10. Fancy some vino? They have a bring your own bottle policy, so nip into the shop next door first.
La Besi, 211 Clarendon Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9DT.
When it comes to budget restaurants in Leeds, My Thai is right up there with the best of ‘em. Their menu is incredibly cheap, especially when you think of the loaded bowls of food that come out of the kitchen. You can feast on Tuk Tuk Fried Rice, Red Curry and Tamarind Duck from just £7.50 – and that includes everything you need to complete your meal, be it rice or noodles. This is fresh, tasty and fast food, so you’ll be in and out in a jiffy.
My Thai, 43 Wade Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NJ, 8 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG and 26 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EY.
The Viet Baker
Get a taste of South East Asia for a bargain price at The Viet Baker. Take a seat in this rustic Vietnamese street food joint and choose from a host of authentic dishes that won’t cost you more than £8. Their speciality is the banh mí, which starts from just £4.95. You’ll get a freshly baked traditional baguette filled with your choice of chicken, beef, pork or salt and pepper tofu. Want more? Try their pho soups from £6.95 or bun cha noodles from £5.95.
The Viet Baker, 15 North Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HG.
You’ll find the authentic flavours of Morocco, North Africa and even Andalucia in this cheap and cheerful little restaurant near Hyde Park Corner. Surrounded by colourful trinkets and lanterns, you can imagine faraway lands as you enjoy dishes like their North African Sausage Kebab, Marrakech Pizza and the Falafel Mezze Platter, which is a loaded plate of hummus, salsa, bread, salad, tzatziki and tabouleh. It’s perfect if you’re on a budget, and the bulk of dishes come in under a tenner.
Oranaise, 1 The Crescent, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW.
Cantina is the city’s first 100% vegan restaurant, and you’ll be happy to know that their meat and dairy free eats won’t break the bank. Every dish on the menu will cost you less than a tenner – so you can have something different every time you visit. Why not start with the Sesame Jackfruit Wings or Buttered Garlic Mushrooms, then come back for one of their burgers, like the Cluck Norris, a buttermilk fried ‘chicken’ patty with battered onion rings and rainbow slaw?
Cantina, The Old Red Bus Station, 101 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
Franco Manca has a refined menu filled with top quality ingredients and all at a very reasonable price. You can get their sourdough Neapolitan pizzas for as little as £5, with the most expensive just £9. Keep it classic with Number 1, a tomato, garlic, basil and oregano pizza or try Number 4, which comes topped with home-cured ham, mozzarella, buffalo ricotta and wild mushrooms. Each one is made to order and can be tailored to vegan and gluten-free diners, so no-one one has to miss out on these tasty bargains.
Franco Manca, 1 Trinity Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AP.
It might surprise you to hear that Pieminister is one of the best budget restaurants in Leeds. Despite their cool-as-heck decor, their prices are surprisingly affordable, so you can get one of their classic pies for just £6.25. Choose from the likes of Kate and Sidney, made with British beef steak, kidney and craft ale, and The Heidi, which brings together goats’ cheese, sweet potato, spinach and red onion in that crisp shell. Want more? Upgrade to The Mothership for £11 and couple your pie with mash, minty mushy peas, cheddar and crispy shallots.
Pieminster, 15-17 Duncan Steet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.
If you’re looking for a cheap, fuss-free Chinese restaurant, Home is the place to go. It’s a petite, unpretentious venue where you can tuck into all your favourite Chinese dishes, from Beef in Szechuan to Chicken Foo Young. Prices start from just £4.80 and you can add rice, noodles and chips from just £1.80. Look out for the spicy, regional dishes that make Chinese students flock here in their droves – Grilled Squid Testicles, anyone?
Home, 7 Back Blenheim Terrace, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9HZ.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Aimee Stevens.