From street food to contemporary dining, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Turkish food in Leeds.
It may be famous for its kebabs, but there’s more to Turkish food than skewers – and these restaurants prove it. Transplanted from the Aegean coast into the heart of Leeds, this is the very best Turkish food that the city has to offer. We’re talking spiced köfte dipped in yogurt, eclectic meze platters full of surprises and sweet as heaven baklava oozing with honey and nuts. Try one, try them all – you’ll get a great feed in every one.
Any Turkish restaurant worth its salt offers good bread, but Tuana’s authentic Turkish recipe is a dish worth trying. Served warm with garlicky butter, it’s the perfect way to start a meal – and the best bit is that it’s complementary! Move onto mains and pick from a range of specialities, including slow-cooked Fruity Lamb cutlet or Vegetarian Kebab. They even boast a heated pergola style-terrace for a holiday-style experience.
Tuana Bistro, 1 The Crescent, Adel, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 6AA.
Santorini is one of the most stylish Turkish restaurants in Leeds. With neon signs, velvet chairs and leafy greenery, it’s a lush, intimate dining experience. The menu offers a variety of classic Greek and Turkish dishes, so why not tantalise your tastebuds with a hot mezze of crispy falafel, flaky borek, squeaky grilled halloumi, Turkish-spiced salsa and tzatziki? For dessert, you can’t go wrong with a baklava and a traditional Turkish coffee!
Santorini, 55 Otley Road, Leeds, Headingley, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AB.
Looking for a meal that will curb the most ravenous of appetites? Head to Turkuaz. Their portions are hefty, as is their menu – there’s something for everyone here and you’ll get a real taste of Mediterranean fare. Mushrooms, sautéed with garlic and cheese, lamb chops chargrilled to perfection, aubergines stuffed with all manner of deliciousness… it’s all so very tempting. They run a fine line in kebabs, from lamb shish to chicken beyti.
Turkuaz, 22 Harrogate Road, Rawdon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 6HJ.
With a gorgeous outdoor area, filled with plants and covered by a pergola, Konak Meze couldn’t be any more inviting. The menu is filled with authentic Turkish dishes that hark back to the Ottoman Empire, so if you’re after a bona fide Mediterranean experience, this is the restaurant for you. From falafel to kofta, their meze is second to none, but save space for pudding, and try the Seker Pare, a selection of syrup-steeped cookies served with vanilla ice cream.
Konak Meze, 9-11 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5LJ.
You’ll find Istanbul Bakery nestled in Kirkgate market, and trust us, the delicious aroma of their baked goods will tempt you in. They offer all sorts of sweet and savoury creations, many of which come from family recipes, passed down through generations. You can get freshly baked Turkish bread to take home and chicken shawarma to scoff on the spot. Why not pick up a batch of sticky baklava to savour as you saunter around the market?
Istanbul Bakery, Street Food Kitchen, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Lime Tree Bistro
Looking for Turkish restaurants in south Leeds? Head to the Lime Tree Bistro in Morley for generous portions of classic dishes. It’s a relaxed, contemporary restaurant and a runaway hit with the locals – always a good sign. You can choose from a variety of dishes, from indulgent karniyarik (a traditional dish of baked aubergine stuffed with tomato lamb) to chicken saute (spiced and flash-fried with herbs, peppers and mushrooms).
Lime Tree Bistro, 28 Queen Street, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 9BR.
Based in Oakwood, Mykonos captures that relaxed, carefree feeling of sitting in the sun on the Turkish coast. They’ve been serving authentic Mediterranean flavours for over a decade, with a menu stuffed full of Greek and Turkish favourites. Indulge in a spicy sausage sujuk durum, kleftiko, or a full-to-the-brim gyro. Going veggie? Their briam, a savoury aubergine casserole, is bursting with flavours and it’s guaranteed to fill a hole in your belly.
Mykonos, 627 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4AR.
Fiko’s Mediterranean Kitchen
Walk through the door at Fiko’s in Yeadon and you’ll be welcomed like the prodigal son returned. They’re known for their friendly service, menu of Mediterranean classics and hand-picked wine list, so you can feast on favourites, whatever your tastes. Choose from gooey, cheesy pides, a seafood meze or a delicious (and loaded) plate of chargrilled lamb skewers. Got kids? They’ve got loads of options for the little ones.
Fikos, 152 Harrogate Road, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 6AH.
Olive & Feta
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Farsley lies restaurant Olive & Feta, a cosy little Turkish restaurant with a big personality. It’s the perfect place to share a meze or two with friends, but if you don’t feel like sharing, why not try their Iskender Kebab? Buttery lamb is sliced and drizzled with rich tomato sauce and natural yoghurt, then served atop traditional Turkish bread. And if you like pizza, you simply have to try the Turkish version – a Kiymali Pide.
Olive and Feta, 8 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5DB.
Want a quick hit of Turkish food? Head to Leeds Kirkgate Market and seek out Mr Mackerel’s street food stall. There’s lots to choose from, with wraps, salads and sandwiches aplenty, but the Turkish chicken shish is a must-try. Succulent skewers of meat are served on a plate piled high with rice, a crunchy salad, tzatziki, Turkish flatbread and a pot of yummy lentil soup. The best bit? You’ll walk away with a full belly and change from a tenner.
Mr Mackerel, Street Food Kitchen, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
The Olive Branch
The Olive Branch’s cosy, rustic interiors and locally-sourced, authentic Turkish food has tempted in many a hungry passerby. In fact, they’re so well-loved that they have three locations across Leeds. The menu is designed to transport you to the sunny shores of the Aegean. Their mouthwatering moussaka is not to be missed. It’s layered up with grilled aubergine, slow-braised beef ragu, thinly-sliced potatoes and creamy béchamel sauce.
The Olive Branch Roundhay, 139 Street Lane, Leeds West Yorkshire, LS8 1AA. The Olive Branch Alwoodley, 4-6 The Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 7BE. The Olive Branch Ilkley, 1 Crescent Terrace, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS29 8DE.
The Olive Lounge
You’ll find The Olive Lounge in an unlikely location – it’s tucked away in an industrial park, above a continental supermarket. But venture inside and you’ll discover a light, airy and undeniably stylish restaurant where they serve a menu of delicious Turkish dishes, just begging to be devoured. Lamb is slow-cooked to perfection, chicken wings are tongue-tinglingly spicy, and the aubergine salad is a pure delight. Definitely worth the detour.
The Olive Lounge, Benson Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 1BL.
Lavanta is labour of love for owner and chef Orhan Girgin. He was brought up in the coastal town of Mersin, on a diet of grilled meats, salads and meze, made with the best local produce – and now he’s brought that same experience to Leeds. The menu combines traditional Turkish and Mediterranean dishes with reimagined British classics, inspired by his time here. Think charcoal-grilled lamb kebabs, tasty tagines and veggie vine leaves, stuffed with yumminess.
Lavanta Meze Bar & Grill, 269 Otley Road, Weetwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5LN.
A trip to Ephesus guarantees excellent value for money and big plates of all your favourites. They’ve been a stalwart of the Turkish restaurant scene in Leeds for almost 10 years, and it’s as good today as it ever was. Whether it’s a starter of humus, cacik and stuffed vine leaves or a sizzling plate of Turkish-style fajitas, you’re definitely leaving with that full belly feeling. If eating in isn’t for you, they offer delivery, so you can bring the tastes of Turkey home.
Ephesus, 4 Rodley Lane, Rodley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 1HU.
Offering all the delights of the Aegean, The Agora captures that relaxed holiday feel. You can sit on the terrace, sip imported Mythos or Efes beers and munch on authentic recipes. Try the lamb ispanak (marinated lamb in a rich aromatic sauce) or an aubergine briam (a roasted aubergine casserole). Room for dessert? The homemade baklava rivals any Turkish Nine’s – it’s nutty, flaky, and yummy, a real stand out.
The Agora, 207-209 New Road Side, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4DR.
Persepolis is a Bramley-based Mediterranean restaurant, serving colourful dishes that taste just as good as they look – everything is cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. Think skewers of succulent lamb fillet, flavoured with saffron and Turkish spices or Mediterranean beef stew, simmered in red wine and spices. Dine in their outside area, at tables dressed in gorgeous Persian-style tablecloths for an authentic Anatolian experience.
Persepolis, 283-285 Upper Town Street, Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 3JT.