If it’s truly authentic Caribbean food you’re after, these Leeds restaurants have you covered.
Got a hankering for jerk chicken? Fancy a bowl of curried goat? Leeds is home to some of the best Caribbean restaurants this side of the Atlantic, so whether you’re eating in or taking away, grabbing breakfast or heading out for dinner, get ready to dive into an exotic world of tropical flavours. This is your chance to try recipes passed down through the generations and perfected plate by plate!
Maureen’s Caribbean Takeaway
When it comes to Caribbean food, Maureen’s has legendary status. It’s been one of the city’s most popular takeaways since it opened back in 2003 and you’ll soon see why. Jerk chicken, curried goat and fried plantain are made to recipes passed down through the generations. Fancy something different? Their ackee and salt fish is second to none, or you can go meat-free with their veggie curry, rice and peas. Whatever you go for, you can be damned sure they won’t skimp on the portion sizes.
Maureen’s Caribbean Takeaway, 105 Roundhay Road, Harehills, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 5AJ. You can collect your food to takeaway or order a delivery online.
It only opened at the end of last year, but Jay’s Caribbean is a must-try if you like West Indian grub. They do traditional dishes, cooked to perfection and made to go. Love chicken? Fried, jerk or curried – you’re spoilt for choice. Want to try something a little different? The oxtail stew is the definition of soul food, packed full of flavour from peppers and paprika. Or try a hearty bowl of spicy-yet-creamy ackee and salt fish. Washed down with a bottle of Tropical Rhythm juice, a takeout from Jay’s Caribbean is guaranteed transport you to warmer climes.
Jay’s Caribbean, 54 Belle Isle Road, Belle Isle, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 2DF. You can collect your food to takeaway.
Jenny’s Jerk Chicken
What started out as a pop-up stall at street food markets while Jennifer Ardene was away from her job in the military has now become a local sensation. Jenny’s is nestled in Kirkgate Market and, unsurprisingly, their jerk chicken is the stuff of legend. You can get it in a wrap, a burger or a salad box, but believe it or not, Jenny does not just do jerk chicken. From curried goat to saltfish, veggie bean cakes and classic rice and peas, this is traditional Caribbean dishes full of big flavours and fresh ingredients.
Jenny’s Jerk Chicken, Cafe D, Leeds Kirkgate Market, New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY. You can collect your food to takeaway or order a delivery with Uber Eats.
The old Arts Cafe is now the home of one of the city’s best Jamaican restaurants. Jam Rock is the brainchild of Stephen Tyldesley, owner of If Coffee Bar, and his brother-in-law, Oral Blackford. They’ve created the perfect place to tuck into authentic Caribbean street food, made using recipes passed down through Blackford’s own family. You can enjoy classics like jerk chicken and curry goat alongside more unusual dishes like escovitch fish and three bean ital stew. Don’t forget to wash your food down with their trademark bottomless rum punch too.
Jam Rock, 42 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
Turtle Bay is the most famous Caribbean restaurant in Leeds and it’s the perfect place for fuss-free soul food. Jerk chicken, baby-back ribs and curried goat are all on the menu. But you can also enjoy a modern twist on classic combinations. Take the curry goat hash for example. It brings together succulent pieces of meat, fried potato, pink onion and fried eggs. It’s easy to pog-out on the main event, but leave room for dessert and you’ll be treated to a deliciously sticky ginger pudding.
Turtle Bay, 14 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL. You can collect your food to takeaway or order a delivery with Uber Eats.
Scotchie’s has been a Harehills staple since 2013 and with food this good, it’s no wonder. Folk come from all over Leeds for just a sniff of their jerk chicken, and it tastes even better than it smells. You’ll find all the classics on the menu, with everything from ackee and saltfish to jerk salmon, fried chicken wings and pepper steak, but don’t pass up the opportunity to try their heaving patties, made fresh each day. Still got room? Treat yourself to a slice of homemade banana cake with lashings of custard.
Scotchie’s, 333 Roundhay Road, Harehills, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4HT. You can collect your food to takeaway or order a delivery online.
Ryan’s Kitchen opened back in 2017 and has made a name for itself with its spiced (but not spicy) Caribbean food. Owner Ryan Simpson has created a laidback cafe love by the community – down-to-earth and downright tasty in equal measure. From jerk chicken to salt-fish curry and fried plantain, this is your chance to get an authentic taste of warmer climes, without the heat. Even their succulent chicken, cooked in those famous jerk spices, is deliciously mild, served on a bed of rice with their homemade honey-jerk gravy.
Ryan’s Kitchen, 329 Kirkstall Road, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HD. You can collect your food to takeaway or order a delivery with Uber Eats.
If you love chicken and want it done the Jamaican way, you have to give Jerk Express a try. They specialise in Caribbean street food, namely jerk chicken! Get it in a burger, served with rice and peas or all on its own in a finger lickin’ box of wings – whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed. Want to try something different? Curried goat, coconut lentil curry, jerk jackfruit – it’s all there just waiting to be tried. Plus, they have an ever-changing selection of freshly-made patties well worth a go.
Jerk Express, 159 Cardigan Road, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LJ. You can collect your food to takeaway or order a delivery with Uber Eats.
Suzi’s Caribbean Takeaway
Suzi’s Caribbean has only been open since 2019, but it’s already a local favourite. Suzi makes hearty soul food with proper care and attention using age-old recipes – it’s the perfect combination! The patties are a Caribbean classic done well, but they’re just a delicious appetiser for the rest of the menu. Curry chicken, saltfish and dumplings, they’re all there and they’ll hit the spot. You can even get a good old burger and chips too if that tickles your fancy.
Suzi’s Caribbean Takeaway, 430 Harehills Lane, Harehills, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 6HU. You can collect your food to takeaway.
The Dutch Pot
The authentic Caribbean flavours of Dutch Pot are famous in Chapeltown. You can look forward to a host of classic dishes, including jerk chicken, salt fish fritters and fried dumplings. But if you want to try a Caribbean speciality, the likes of which you won’t find in lots of places, why not give the Negril lamb chops a try? They have stewed peas with oxtail spinners and beans too. And for dessert, Caribbean pastries. That’s right, we’re talking coconut tarts folks! You can even get proper coconut drops!
The Dutch Pot, 160 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4EE. You can collect your food to takeaway or order a delivery online.
They’ve been serving flavour-packed Caribbean food at events across Yorkshire for over a decade, but now Kalabash has found a permanent home in Leeds. From fried dumplings to curried lamb, this Chapeltown cafe serves up a host of classic dishes made using family recipes handed down through the generations. Look out for their specialities – a delicate (and top secret) combination of spices makes the baked salmon an experience in itself, while the cayon stew chicken offers a fiery taste of Kalabash cooking.
Kalabash, 231-235 Chapeltown Road, Chapeltown, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 5DT. You can collect your food to takeaway.
Cabin Caribbean Cuisine
Cabin Caribbean Cuisine has been serving incredible West Indian food to the folk of Chapeltown for over a decade. They pride themselves on proper home-cooked recipes that bring a real sense of the Caribbean islands to Leeds. The curried goat is their go-to, served on the bone and cooked so it’s melt-in-your-mouth tender. You also can’t go wrong with simple classics like jerk chicken or fried salt fish either, but if you want an absolute feast, their platter of ackee, salt fish and dumplings is a must.
Cabin Caribbean Cuisine, 7 Reginald Row, Chapeltown, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3HP. You can collect your food to takeaway or order a delivery online.
Ted’s Soul Kitchen
Formerly known as Island Grill, Ted’s Soul Kitchen is the go-to Caribbean restaurant in Woodhouse. They keep the menu simple here, full of classic dishes made using recipes handed down through generations. Breakfast is available until 11am, so you can get your fill of dumplings, plantain or egg beans. Later on, you can get everything from curry mutton to callaloo and salt fish. Don’t miss out on Ted’s Punch either – the non-alcoholic Guinness Punch is a must-try.
Ted’s Soul Kitchen, 33 Blackman, Woodhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 1LW. You can collect your food to takeaway or order a delivery online.
From morning, noon to night, you can get your fill of authentic Caribbean cooking from Creative Cuisine. That’s right, the deliciousness starts at breakfast with Jamaican favourites like peanut porridge, salt mackerel and liver with dumplings. Later on, you can tuck into classic mains like oxtail stew, pepper steak and brown stew fish, all made to traditional recipes from their homeland. Ravenous little ones get their own kids meals, which they can wash down with carrot juice, while you enjoy a well deserved glass of Guinness punch.
Creative Cuisine, 595 Harehills Lane, Harehills, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 6NQ. You can collect your food to takeaway.
The Flava Hut
The Flava Hut is a little bit different. They specialise in Caribbean fusion, which means you can classic dishes like jerk chicken and curried goat alongside sweet chilli prawns and boneless fried fish. Choose any two and get them loaded up into a box with a medley of sides. They’ve got rice and peas, of course, alongside plantain and dumplings, but you can also feast on baby potatoes, fries or a steaming pile of Mac ’n’ cheese. In the summer, they take those big flavours outside and cook ‘em up on a big steel barrel BBQ.
The Flava Hut, 307 Roundhay Road, Harehills, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4HT. You can eat in, collect your food to takeaway or order a delivery with Uber Eats.Cover image: © Copyright Leeds-List 2020 by Katie Wells