Leeds has an abundance of restaurants covering all types of cuisines to choose from, many of which have early evening offers to tempt you in – so here’s a few to help you begin your discovery around the city.
All information & prices were correct in June 2014, but please refer to the restaurants individual websites to confirm.
Dish Dining – For those of you looking for the modern British meal, here’s the place for you. They have a seasonal fixed menu selection where you can get 2 courses for £16.50, or really splash out and have 5 courses (including a glass of wine/cocktail) for £21.95 (available until 7pm) – with mains including the likes of seabass, steak frites and duck leg. And for those GF diners, worry not as they’ve a separate menu of options for you to choose from! The success and popularity of Dish is shown by how quickly they moved on from their humble beginnings in a small unit in the Electric Press into the prestigious location of the former Anthony’s on Boar Lane. Image for the dining room is shown below.
Nawaab - Already one of my favourite curry places in Leeds, with a handy location near the train station/City Square, this restaurant just recently underwent a full refurbishment and change in management. Sometimes these changes can be a bad thing for the regulars, but in this case the enhancements have really brought Nawaab onto the map in Leeds and made it a strong competitor to the other Indian restaurants of the city. Their offer, available until 7pm, is £11.50 each to cover popadoms & pickle tray, starter, your choice of curry and accompanying rice or nan bread – and fear not, the choices are from a specific early bird menu, but the choices are still quite extensive.
Las Iguanas – Now I’m not usually one to promote chain restaurants, but the food here is pretty good, particularly when you consider the deal available. You base the meal around your choice of main dish at a cost of around £5 – £8, but then enhance this with a starter costing either £2 or £3. An added bonus to this early bird is that you can also add on a drink for only £2 (wine or bottled beer). So for all your enchilada & burrito needs this is the place for you, if you’re out early enough as this deal is only available until 6.30pm.
Thai Edge – Despite all the competition in Leeds, this remains my favourite Thai restaurant in the city. It’s got a great location to the side of Millennium Square, it’s not overcrowded with too many tables, great service without being overpowering and the food is delicious. The early bird/pre theatre menu is available until 7pm at £12 for 2 courses. As a creature of habit, usual recommendations are the sweetcorn Tord Man (sweetcorn cakes) with sweet chilli dip, followed by a creamy chicken green curry – or to change it up occasionally the Pad Thai makes a great alternative.
Primo Italian – Leeds has an abundance of great Italian restaurants, and locals will often tell you of their individual favourites, and Primo is the top choice from me. Not one to get stale with the same old offer, Primo changed their selection quite often, but you can be assured to have a range of modern and traditional meals in the deal. If you’re looking for the full 3 courses this is £19.95, or for the quicker less hungry diner you can go for the 2 courses at £16.95 – but both options include a (selected) drink too.
Sous le Nez – Without doubt this is the leading independent French restaurant of Leeds, with a well known reputation for quality and service. Although this is one of the costlier of the early bird offers at £25.95 the price includes a ½ bottle of wine per diner, and has quite a selection of choices from their set menu. If you’re looking for French cuisine, and something better than the average chain offerings, you’ll find yourself quite at home here in Sous le Nez.
I couldn’t write a list of early bird deals without including the following – although not strictly in the city centre it’s near enough to walk along to (or just a few quid in a taxi from the train station).
Corner Café – One of my clear winners in favourite restaurants will always be the Corner Café, so had to be included here in my recommendations. Their early bird offer is available Tues through Thurs, and also Sunday from 6pm until 7.30pm and offers a lighter alternative to the full menu with smaller portions of the main dish, at £10.50 each. Smaller dishes yes, but still ample to fill most appetites as the price also includes popadoms, starters, and rice or nan to accompany the main. The Corner Café also offers a vast range of local craft ales and ciders, alongside many choices of wine. If you haven’t been here yet then make sure to get yourself booked it (as a popular venue it has a built up quite a following, so booking in advance is strongly advised).