Ice cream baos, lamb brain curry or donut burgers? One thing’s for sure, you won’t have had anything quite like these dishes.
There are oodles of weird and wonderful eats for you to try in Leeds. You can munch on a crocodile burger, tuck into a bowl of lamb brain or snaffle fried chicken with jam and peanut butter. Each is a marriage of bizarre flavours and textures that goes way beyond your usual fare, but while they may seem downright odd, you might be surprised by what you find. So go on, embrace your adventurous side…
Ice Cream Bao at Little Bao Boy
Little Bao Boy has given its staple baos a sugar-coated transformation. Usually they’re a savoury treat loaded with pulled pork or fried chicken, but this unusual twist will see them loaded with ice-cream. They fry the bao and toss it in sugar before placing a dollop of Northern Bloc ice-cream inside – now that’s a sandwich we can get on board with.
Little Bao Boy, North Brewing Co., 3 Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BA.
The Donut Burger at Red’s
If you’re torn between your love for heaving burgers and irresistible sweet treats, wrap your lips around Red’s infamous Donut Burger. It’s so wrong, it’s right. They load a beef patty, burger cheese and smoked bacon into two glazed donuts. That’s right, actual donuts. Then there’s the all-important crispy onions and Frickles, alongside lashings of Dirty and unholy BBQ sauce. Oh mamma!
Red’s True Barbecue, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD & 6a Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AA.
Double Mac Burger at Yard & Coop
You can’t beat a classic cheese burger, right? Wrong. What if the bun was actually fried chicken? And instead of a burger, you had a wonderfully gooey Mac ’n’ cheese patty, topped with bacon? That’s what’s in store at Yard and Coop. Except here, they load it with a pair of Dr Pepper chicken wings and smother it in BBQ and cheese sauce. Get in ma belly!
Yard and Coop, 6-8 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
The Elvis Waffle at Absurd Bird
Absurd Bird’s chicken and waffle combo is weird enough, but The Elvis Waffle is experimental even by their standards. They double-fry their chicken to make it insanely crispy, before plonking them onto American-style waffles. Then comes the sweet stuff. The whole lot gets smothered in thick peanut butter, with a few dollops of Absurd jam thrown in for good measure.
Absurd Bird, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.
Crocodile Burger at The Fox and Newt
Ever eaten crocodile? Now’s your chance to try it in a burger at Fox and Newt. To put you at ease, it tastes a little like chicken, and you’ll get all the standard fillings like salad with a side of homemade onion rings. But the exotic meat isn’t the only curveball. It sits inside a purple beetroot bun, so it looks as bizarre as it sounds.
Fox and Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LD.
Lamb Brain Curry at Mumtaz
Ever tried lamb’s brain? Mumtaz’s take on this traditional delicacy is full of spices and surprisingly delicious. They cook the brain with a mix of garlic, chilli and ginger, then add their secret-recipe spice mix. You can even choose your spice level, so you’re the master of your own destiny. Do you have the guts to try it?
Mumtaz Leeds, 1-2 Mackenzie House, Chadwick Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PJ.
The Yorkshire Pudding Burger at Wapentake
Wapentake’s Yorkshire Pudding Burger squeezes a roast and a burger into one whopping feed. They whip up two light, fluffy Yorkshire puds, then stuff them with a 6oz beef patty and a slice of gammon. It’s slathered in onion chutney and cheddar before they serve it up with a pile of wedges and a jug of gravy. Is it a burger? Is it a roast? Nobody knows, but it’s damned good.
Wapentake, 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.Cover image credit: Yard and Coop