… in my opinion! Those of you who know me, know that I love nothing better than a decent Indian curry. So, for those (like myself) who have a taste for something more than the bland mass produced offerings from the chain Indian restaurants here’s my top 5 from Leeds city centre… and beyond!
These are in no particular order, as it’s stressful enough narrowing it down to 5 without having to choose between them!
Nawaab – This is on Wellington Street, just a couple of minutes along from the train station. Having recently underwent a full refurbishment at the start of the year, after being taken over by new management, the décor makes for a pleasant dining venue. The food here is what I would refer to as traditional Indian food, but meant in a very complimentary way – otherwise it wouldn’t be in my ‘power 5’ list. If you can get along here before 7pm you’ll be in for a treat with their unbeatable early bird offer.
Tharavadu- Having only opened in Leeds in June, this one has quite comfortably rocketed into my list. The style of the venue is a clean traditional design, although suggest getting a seat facing inside to prevent all the passers by from gawping at the delicious food you’re consuming! This is the only Kerala Indian cuisine restaurant in Leeds, so if you’re looking for a break from the usual this is the place for you. Have a chat with one of the friendly staff about what you’d usually have & what you’re tastes are, then let them make their recommendations to you. You won’t be disappointed.
Corner Café– I just can’t seem to escape from mentioning the Corner Café, no matter what review I’m writing, so it’ll be no surprise that they’re included in my list! You can read all about the history of this restaurant on the website, but I can confirm that their food is outstanding. And you can’t get much more independent than a husband & wife team running the place, and they’ll both always take any opportunity they can to ensure your meal is perfect every time. It’s only a 10/15 minute walk along from Leeds Town Hall, so there’s nothing stopping you from a stroll along from town. Bonus for the real ale drinkers as they’ve always a vast range from independent brewers for you to choose from! Added bonus here is another awesome early bird offer too.
AM Kitchen & Bar- Having opened on Lower Briggate in Leeds just a few years ago, AM Kitchen wasted no time in establishing itself as a place to be seen. Absolutely stunning interior as it’s within the former Dysons Clockmakers building, and the quality of food is just as you’d expect from their partnership with Marriott Hotels. Based over 2 floors, and also featuring a private dining room (for up to 12 people) this is one I’d recommend for large groups.
Sheesh Mahal – Last, but certainly not least, this one is also quite a favourite amongst my friends (all of whom I’ve taken along with me!). Another of the traditional type Indian curry houses, Sheesh Mahal has an exceptional reputation for their quality food & welcoming staff. Although conveniently located near the Cardigan Fields entertainment complex (bowling, cinema, etc) it’s worth the short trip out of the city just to experience the delicious food.
There’s a few more places in Leeds I could write about, but I’d probably end up continuously adding more – so these are your starters for 5.