From burger joints to vegan pop-ups, be the first to try these additions.
Recent chatter has been all about reopening, but believe it or not, there are some new openings too. In fact, we have seven brand new restaurants to tell you about and there’s something for everyone. You can dig into juicy-as-heck burgers, gorge on freshly baked donuts or discover the unknown delights of Syrian food – and that’s just the beginning, so take a look and see what you might have missed.
The Fat Hippo
It’s been a long time coming, but The Fat Hippo is now open in Headingley. Come hungry, because their combos are stacked. They do beef, chicken and vegan options, all with delicious toppings, but if you want to try something a little unusual, try the PB & Double J. It’s a sweet and sticky joy. Two double patties are topped with American cheese, chunky peanut butter, bacon jam and smoked chilli jello. Wash it down with craft beers or cocktails – you’ll need to!
The Fat Hippo, 8 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD.
Chow Chow Vegan
Manchester’s meat-free favourites Chow Chow Vegan has taken over the kitchen at Northern Monk’s Refectory bar until September. Get ready for vegan twists on East Asian classics. The Crispy Chilli ‘Beef’ is one of their standouts, sweet, sticky and spicy. Crispy strips of beef are covered in their signature sauce and served with pickled carrots, charred lime and green garlic sauce. That’s not all, they also serve fish-free sushi and loaded fries.
Chow Chow Vegan, Northern Monk Refectory, Marshalls Mill, Marshall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ.
The newest donut shop to open in Leeds, Doboy specialise in indulgent bakes that will satisfy your sweet tooth. They make their doughy creations fresh each day and switch up the flavours on a weekly basis, with five vegan and six non-vegan options. One week you could be tucking into a Bueno, a ball donut with white chocolate hazelnut and Kinder Bueno sauce, the next you could be scoffing the Battenburg, a Marzipan-flavoured, fudge-topped treat.
Doboy Donuts, Cardigan Mills, Lennox Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2BL.
Since opening in the Philippines in 1978, Jollibee has become one of the biggest fast-food brands in the world. Now they’re brought their famous fried chicken ( which comes with a South Asian twist) to Leeds. The Crispy Chicken Burger is their trademark, topped with lettuce, bacon, cheese and a pineapple slice, but they also do fried chicken buckets. You can snaffle beef burgers, t rice bowls and their renowned sweet-style spaghetti too.
Jollibee, 92 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NP.
The folk behind La Cantina 44 in Crossgates have branched out with a brand new restaurant in Roundhay. La Palmera offers refined Mediterranean food in a leafy, airy dining room. Start with classic dishes like moulle marinere, albondigas and bruschetta, before moving onto mains. They serve classic pizza and pasta dishes, alongside a host of delectable mains – steak bordelaise sits alongside Moroccan lamb, peri peri prawns and boeuf bourguignon.
La Palmera, Park Lane, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2EJ.
If you’re looking for authentic Syrian food, Bar Tooma is the place to go. A Bradford success story, they’ve just opened their third restaurant in Oakwood. You can get mezze platters to share, loaded with falafel, kebbeh and hummus shawarma, or can create your ultimate grill dish. Choose two skewers, with a choice of chicken fillets, lamb chops and shish taook, then pair it with your pick of sides, including rice, chips, Arabic bread and sweet potato.
Bab Tooma, 496 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.