Want to eat out without breaking the bank? You can get a great feed for a bargain price at these Leeds cafes and restaurants.
Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive – and it doesn’t always have to be at a restaurant either. These sixteen options are quick and easy. We’ve got street food, we’ve got bars and we’ve got cracking little cafes where the food will put a smile on your face. So if you want to eat out on a budget, this is where to go.
For cheap vegan eats in Leeds, it doesn’t get better than Humpit. Their special recipe hummus is the stuff of legend and you can enjoy it for under a fiver in their filled pitas. They add a generous dollop of silky smooth hummus, then stuff your pita to the brim with spiced falafel, pickled chilli and fresh salad. Or for £5.50 you can feast on one of their salad bowls. They’re as filling as they are delicious, loaded with hummus, chickpeas, salsa, beans, shredded carrot and green leaves.
Humpit, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
Little Bao Boy at North Brewing Co. Tap Room
Little Bao Boy has taken over the kitchen at North Brewing Co. Tap Room. The Leeds street food favourites are masters of the bao bun, and they fill them with all kinds of treats. Will you go for the KFB, which promises boneless chicken thighs coated in Gochujang buttermilk topped with lettuce and sriracha mayo? Or you could try the Chilli Salt Tofu, which is topped with cucumber, spring onion, hoisin and sriracha. They come in at either £4 or £4.50 on their own, but if you pop in for lunch between 11am and 2pm, you can get two for just £7.
Little Bao Boy, North Brewing Co. Tap Room, 3 Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BA.
Thai a Roy Dee
If you’re looking for cheap and cheerful Thai food in Leeds, look no further than Thai a Roy Dee. You can snaffle heaving plates of noodles, aromatic bowls of curry and fresh Thai salads, all at wallet-friendly prices. But if you want some real bang for your buck, go for the Pad Kee Mao. They mix stir-fried thick noodles, red-hot chilli, basil and oriental veg with your choice of chicken, pork or beef – and for £6.95, it’ll really knock your socks off. Visit between 12pm and 5pm and you can even bag two courses for £7.95.
Thai a Roy Dee, 120-122 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
For a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine, make a beeline for Senbon Sakura. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but they really know what they’re doing in the kitchen – and they don’t charge the earth. You can get a steaming bowl of Chicken Chilli Ramen with their homemade stock and thick udon noodles for just £8.70. Or why not treat yourself to a Sumo Set sushi box for £11? You’ll get 20 pieces of sushi, including salmon avocado roll and salmon maki.
Senbon Sakura, 71 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
You can discover the delights of classic Polish street food for less at Smak! Their speciality is the kiełbasa sausage – it’s smoked on a Yorkshire farm using a family recipe that’s been passed through generations and you can enjoy it for just £8.50 in their zurek, a traditional soup that simmers kiełbasa, potatoes, onion and garlic in a thick broth. That’s not all they do. You could also try their pierogis for as little as £5.50, which come stuffed with your choice of cheese and potato, mushroom and sauerkraut or goats cheese and beetroot.
Smak! The Polish Kitchen, 372 Kirkstall Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
The Falafel Guys
Imagine being able to visit one of the best-loved eateries in Leeds and getting change from a tenner. That’s exactly what you can do at The Falafel Guys and the food is top drawer. It will only cost you £5 to get three of their own recipe falafel balls in a wrap or salad bowl and for a quid extra you can throw in halloumi or chicken shawarma. It’s piled high with garlic mayo, chilli sauce, salad and their own homemade tahini. They come absolutely loaded, so you’re definitely getting bang for your buck here.
The Falafel Guys, outside Marks and Spencer, 47 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HF and Assembly Underground, 12 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL.
Tuck into delicious Sicilian street food for a bargain price at Poco. Try their pizza al taglio – these big square slices of pizza are cooked in authentic blue iron trays made in Italy and topped with an ever-changing array of ingredients. Even better, prices start at just £3. They do lemon marinated rotisserie chicken too and it’ll set you back just £3.50 for a quarter. Pair it with a portion of their potato rustiche for an almighty £6 feed. Got a sweet tooth? Get their gooey and indulgent Nutella arancini balls for £3.
Poco, 360 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
At Patty Smith’s it’s all about gooey, juicy burgers at budget-busting prices. Their cornerstone is the Dirty Burger, a Yorkshire beef patty smothered in American mustard, chipotle mayo and double cheese for just £6.95. The New Colonel Patty is a quid more, but it comes with polenta and thyme chicken breast, ranch dressing and pickled red cabbage. Want something to share while you drink? Their Session Fries are a joy for £8.95 – you’ll get a huge mountain of chips covered in smoked pancetta, pecorino, pickled chillies, Sriracha chilli mayo and rosemary sea salt.
Patty Smith’s, Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
You can enjoy authentic North African eats for budget-friendly prices at Oranaise. Their £5 falafel wraps are delicious and come bursting at the seams, or you could try one of their lip-smacking kebabs. Choose from Algerian lamb, Lebanese chicken or spicy sausage and it’ll come piled high on a fluffy garlic naan with fresh salad and lashings of mint yoghurt sauce, all under a tenner. After a light bite? Mix and match their Moroccan tapas dishes, which start at £3.95.
Oranaise Cafe, 1 The Crescent, Woodhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW.
Outlaws Yacht Club
Outlaws Yacht Club is a cool, laid-back bar that serves cheap eats all day long. Pop in at lunchtime and you can bag yourself one of their famous Outlaws Grilled Cheese sandwiches. Served on Leeds Coop bread, it comes oozing with Emmental, farmhouse cheddar, brie, red onion and gherkins for just £5.45. They also do a selection of light bites, like sourdough bread with lemon-drizzled hummus for £3.75 or the Wilson’s Pork Pie with wholegrain mustard for £2.50 – it’s the perfect bite-sized snack to enjoy with a pint.
Outlaws Yacht Club, 38 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.
Man V Roast
Fancy a cheap roast dinner? You can get one for just £7 at Man v Roast in Hyde Park. It’s a carvery restaurant that does things a little differently, giving you the option of a roast dinner takeaway any day of the week. Pop by and take your pick from the likes of turkey, beef, gammon, pork, chicken, lamb and sausage. All their meats come from Sykes House Farm, so you know they’re going to be good. You’ll also get seasonal veg, stuffing, a Yorkshire pudding, roasted or mashed potatoes and a bucketload of gravy. Prefer a light bite? Their roast meat sandwiches are just £4.50.
Man V Roast, 144 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LL.
Woaaahhh. Don’t let the name put you off. You don’t have to like fish to love Mr Mackerel. In fact, it’s their kebabs that have us coming back for more. They do lamb or chicken, cooked fresh to order on the grill and served up on a Turkish flatbread with a small bowl of warming lentil soup, a hefty pile of rice and bucketloads of crisp salad complete with pickled chillis. This is a right good feed and it’s yours for £6. If you do want to try their signature mackerel, it’s best enjoyed in a sarnie for just £4.
Mr Mackerel, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 Ludgate Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Jenny’s Jerk Chicken
Jenny’s Jerk Chicken is the place to go for proper Caribbean food that won’t cost you the earth. Follow your nose to their Kirkgate Market home, where you’ll find them cooking up jerk chicken every day. For a fiver, you can get a salad box filled with jerk BBQ chicken, jerk saltfish cakes or a veggie bean cake on a bed of fresh salad. And if you want to try a real Caribbean classic, you can get their famous curried goat for £6 – it’s so tender the meat just falls off the bone, and you can get it with a choice of coconut rice or rice and peas.
Jenny’s Jerk Chicken, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 Ludgate Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Make a beeline for Simpatico to try their award-winning Roman-style pizza al taglio in the heart of the city centre. It comes by the slice and is cooked in the traditional way as owner Nick Julian trained under legendary pizzaiolos Cristiano Garbarino and Gabriele Bonci in Rome. Expect a crispy bottom and fluffy upper, with slices coming in at as little as £3, depending on the toppings. They change their combinations daily, so one day you can get mortadella, burata and artichoke, and the next potato, rosemary and brie.
Simpatico, 16 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.
Treat yourself to an array of traditional Punjabi dishes from just £4 at Manjit’s Kitchen without breaking the bank. They do pakora or chilli paneer wraps that come in a thinly rolled naan stuffed with fillings like carrot, tamarind, pickles, raita and a hint of coriander. If you’re after a heartier feed, you can get a three curry thali, which gives you all of the day’s different curries in one tray with rice for just £6.50.
Manjit’s Kitchen, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 Ludgate Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Bundobust is an Indian street-food restaurant. Step inside and you’ll discover a menu of bitesize dishes that cost between £4.50 and £6.75. You can mix and match your favourite dishes, so try the Tarka Dhal, a mixed lentil curry served with basmati rice, or dig into Okra Fries, seasoned with black salt and mango powder. There are 15 small plates for you to choose from, so you can try something different every time. To get more bang for your buck, swing by from Monday to Friday between 12pm and 4pm to get two dishes for £8.50.
Bundbust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.Cover image credit: © Copyright Leeds-List 2020 by Contakt Photography