Whether it’s Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese or Thai, get your fill of noodles at these amazing restaurants.
Big heart-warming bowls of noodle soup, delicious plates of pad Thai and unusual dishes you’ve never even heard of before – that’s what awaits if you head out in search of the best noodles in Leeds. And we have. From swanky rooftop eateries to fast-food joints and cafes, these Leeds eateries should be your first port of call.
Nestled in the heart of Merrion Street, Noodle House is an absolute favourite among noodle fans. Hidden behind the bright, takeaway-esque yellow sign is a restaurant that serves up tasty noodles in a simple, no frills environment. Service is quick, so you won’t be waiting long, although there’s just enough time to dance to the pop music playing loudly in the background.
The freshly made noodles are the star attraction. Try them in the noodle soup along with roast duck, pork or shrimp and pork wonton and for the more adventurous, there are more unusual combinations like three ‘roasties’ or tripe. For a bargain £5, the portions are a good size and you’ll be leaving with a full belly.
Noodle House, 20 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
If you don’t mind going a little out of your way, this low-key Japanese cafe could be your new after-work dinner spot. Senbon Sakura’s noodle soups are absolutely divine – and they put you in control, so you can create your dream dinner.
First, choose your base. They offer four different kids of broth – shoyo, miso, pork bone or cheese and pork bone. Then pick your noodles, will it be udon, buck soba or ramen? And finally, choose your toppings. They have ten tantalising options for you to choose from, with everything from seafood to teriyaki chicken, vegetable tempura and cha-shu. You can even throw in a marinated egg. Prices start from just £8.30 for a loaded bowl of soup.
Senbon Sakura, 71 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
Jino’s Thai Cafe
Jino’s is one of Leeds’ worst kept secrets. It’s a ridiculously affordable Thai eatery with a bring your own bottle policy – so you can tuck into delicious food on a budget. And yes, they do delicious noodles. This place is always packed, so booking is a necessity.
Start with poh piah for £4.45 – these crunchy spring rolls are filled with rice noodles and chicken or veggies. Next up, it has to be the pad see mao, their ‘drunken noodles’. They’re served in a spicy, fragrant sauce that’s bursting with the flavours of chilli and basil. It tastes great with mixed seafood or tiger prawns.
Jino’s Thai Cafe, 46 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AL.
The hunt for the best ramen in Leeds will take you to the rooftop of Victoria Gate. Head to Ishho’s Kori bar on a Monday to sample the mother of all ramen dishes. The must-try dish is the tonkotsu ramen with a pork and chicken broth, which comes in at £10. This tasty ramen is prepared fresh and cooked for hours before being topped with a runny boiled egg. Made with pork bones that have been boiled for two days, it certainly packs a punch.
The vegetarian option is the shiitake udon ramen with a vegetable broth, it’s equally delicious and also priced at £10. You can grab a cocktail or two from the extensive menu to wash it all down and admire the views over the city centre while you eat. Monday’s have never looked so good.
Issho, 3rd Floor Rooftop, Victoria Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
It may not look like much from the outside, but Fuji Hiro is something of a Leeds institution. It’s a no frills restaurant where they serve up simple, tasty Japanese food – and they do some damned fine noodles.
From yaki soba to fuji beef men and classic chicken, vegetable or beef ramen, there’s oodles of choice. Why not couple it with a portion of crispy gyoza on the side? If you’re looking for tasty and honest Japanese food at a bargain price, this is the restaurant for you.
Fuji Hiro, Merrion Centre 45 Wade Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NJ.
Thai Aroy Dee
If it’s cheap and cheerful Thai food you’re after, Thai A Roy Dee has to be top of the list. This simple, down to earth restaurant disappeared for a while, but it’s been as popular as ever since it made its return – and you’ll find an abundance of noodle dishes on the menu.
Want something healthy? Try the goong ohp wun sen for £9.95 – king prawns and glass noodles steamed with Thai herbs, served in a hot pot. Prefer something with a kick? Go for the pad kee mao for £5.95 – these drunken stir-fried thick noodles come with your pick of chicken, pork or beef, all mixed up with basil, fresh chillies and veggies. The portion sizes are great here and they have a BYOB policy, so you’re in for a treat.
Thai Aroy Dee, 120-122 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
While it may not be an obvious choice for noodles in Leeds, Nom Deli is just one of many cafes and sandwich shops on Great George Street feeding hungry lunchtime workers. There’s only room for around 15 people so make sure you get in there early.
Bánh mì baguettes, cuốn summer rolls, phở and bún noodle salads make up Nom Deli’s small but perfectly formed menu. Their phở comes with either beef or chicken. It’s £5.95 and is hearty and filling, making it the perfect pick me up on colder days. Meanwhile, the bún is a quick, healthy option that you can take away – prices start at just £5.45, and they have loads of options, try the grilled turmeric fish.
Nom Deli, 77 Great George St, City Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
If Vietnamese food is your thing, head to Viet Guy. Located on Lower Briggate, this popular eatery has noodles galore. They serve a wide variety of noodle-based dishes including phở and stir-fried egg, rice and vermicelli noodles.
The vermicelli with stir-fried beef, prawns or tofu is a popular choice at just £7.50 and a good shout for spice lovers. Alternatively, their special phở promises a winning combination of chicken and beef along with rice noodles, onion, spring onion and lemon leaf, all topped off with coriander for £9. Wash your meal down with a glass of Vietnamese beer or coffee for an even more authentic dining experience.
Viet Guy, 159 Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.
May’s Thai Malaysian Café
This little café in the heart of Leeds’ student area is popular with students and great if you’re eating out on a budget. The food is reasonably priced and the portions are big – it’s also BYOB with a corkage fee of just £1 per person. Thanks to its size and decor, May’s feels more like a cosy cafe than a restaurant and the friendly staff make the dining experience even better.
Why not try something different and order the curry mee for £6.50? You’ll get a big warming bowl of Malaysian spiced curry coconut noodle soup cooked with crispy noodles and crunchy beansprouts, or stick to the classics with a mountain of chow mein or Singapore noodles. Vegans are well catered for too.
May’s Thai Malaysian Café, 225 Hyde Park Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1AH.
Rice Paper Cantonese Restaurant
This family-run Cantonese restaurant is tucked away to the east of the city and a favourite among locals who visit time and time again. It’s a small, intimate restaurant, so booking ahead is certainly recommended, but you’ll be rewarded for your trouble. The menu is small but perfectly formed with plenty of noodle dishes for you to work your way through.
You can get spicy Singapore-style noodles with a nice little kick or thick white udon noodles with char siu for just £8.90. Want a little bit of everything? Try The Rice Paper Mix, which gives you a delicious mix of meat and seafood.
Rice Paper Cantonese Restaurant, 221 Selby Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 7HW.
Sukhothai continues to serve up quality Thai food in its three Leeds restaurants. It’s more of a formal dining experience than many of the other offerings on the list, making it arguably more suited for a proper sit down meal.
For starters, why not try the mee krob for £4.50? These sweet crispy noodles combine prawns, spring onion and bean sprouts. Or you could get one of their noodle soups. The tom juad comes in at £5.45 and promises a filling bowl of tofu and vegetables with soft bean thread noodles.
Sukhothai Chapel Allerton, 8 Regent Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4PE, Leeds City Centre, 15 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QS & Headingley, 4 St Annes Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3NX.
Zaap Thai Street Food
Pad Thai fans will be in heaven at Zaap. This lively restaurant offers up huge platefuls of the popular dish. Designed to recreate a busy Bangkok street, eating here is something of a spectacle – chefs throw noodles around in the open kitchen and traditional tuk tuks are dotted around the dining area.
One of Zaap’s most popular dishes is the pad Thai bo ran, which costs just £8.25. This sweet and spicy mountain of rice noodles is cooked in their signature marinade and fried with eggs, spring onions, beansprouts and dried chilli powder. It’s finished with coriander, crunchy peanuts and a squeeze of lime, making it an all-round knockout dish.
Zaap Thai Street Food, 22 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
Banh and Mee
Make a beeline for Kirkgate Market to discover Vietnamese street kitchen Banh and Mee. This family-run food stall has gained something of a following since it set up camp in the market’s food hall and it’s showing no signs of stopping.
The pork Saigon fried noodles are a favourite on the noodle menu, they come doused in lashings of Sriracha, so prepare for some serious heat. But the show-stopping noodle dish here is the beef phở – a warming and aromatic soup with rice noodles and tender pieces of steak. It’s bursting with flavour and reasonably priced at £6.50.
Banh and Mee, Kirkgate Market food hall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Expect to queue for a table at this popular little eatery. This is fast food, Thai style. Main dishes start from as little as £5.50, while starters are priced around £2.50, making this popular little restaurant great value for money.
You’ll find all the Thai staples on the menu here – noodles, curries and stir fries, all made with authentic ingredients in the style of quick, tasty street food in Thailand. The knockout noodle dish is the pad kee mow, a big spicy bowl of egg noodles with carrots, onion, fragrant basil and your choice of meat. There are also plenty of dishes for vegans and you can even go gluten-free.
My Thai, Merrion Centre, 43 Wade Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NJ & 26 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EY.