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Indian Restaurant Leeds – Indian food is hugely popular in the UK. Have you ever wondered why Indian food is usually so spicy? Indian curries use so much spice for a number of reasons. In hot climates like India, bacteria will spoil food quickly, yet spices have antibacterial properties and can kill 75% of the bacteria in food. Spices are also healthy with antioxidants and of course they also provide a variety of delicious flavours.

Interestingly though,  in India you won’t find curry powder in grocery stores and you won’t find curry dishes at local restaurants. Indians don’t use “curry,” because this is a word the British created to refer to all Indian dishes. Through the years, and with thanks to foreigners the word curry has come to describe many Indian dishes.

Here we have the Best Indian Restaurants in Leeds.

Bengal Brasserie

The Bengal Brasserie, 5 Merrion Way, Leeds, LS2 8BT

Conveniently located in Leeds city centre, close to Leeds First Direct Arena is where you will find the Bengal Brasserie’s flagship restaurant. The restaurant has been furnished to high standards in a modern and contemporary way, giving a special and authentic feel.

Offering a fully licensed bar, pleasant surroundings and excellent food, the Bengal Brasserie is the perfect choice for a romantic meal, an enjoyable evening out with the family or  if you are simply seeking great “award winning” food in a friendly and comfortable environment. Some of the stars of the menu are listed below.

Liver Tikka 
~Chicken liver marinated in selected herbs and spices served with a fresh green salad~

Prawn ChotPati 
~King prawns marinated in herbs, spices, battered and deep fried~

Sylheti (hot)
~A unique Bengali dish from the province of Sylhet, made from the finest ingredients and flavoured with fresh green chillies, cloves, cumin seeds, black pepper and garnished with coriander and spring onions~

King Prawn Nawabi 
~Whole king prawns marinated with special herbs and spices tenderly
cooked and garnished with salad and served on a plate with pilau rice~

Lamb Chop Laziz 
~This is one of the royal traditional dishes of Bengal – Lamb chop
marinated and cooked with chef’s secret combination of herbs and
spices, a special treat to please yourself. Served with pilau rice
and fresh green salad~

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Bengal Brasserie

De Baga

9 Otley Rd, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3AA,

All about the popular Leeds restaurant, De Baga.  “Elegant and nostalgic, DE BAGA is one of the best fine-casual dining restaurants in Headingley, Leeds with lively atmosphere and attentive service. When it comes to food, our specialty is the traditional Goan cuisine with a modern interpretation – Celebrating the “East Meets West” spirit of GOA. DE BAGA captures the British spirit of adventure about food, an appreciation of the freshest seasonal ingredients and a desire to reinterpret familiar dishes with unexpected twists. Our food is for people who care about what they eat. We welcome you to the journey of healthy & innovative food!”

Here are some of the stars from the menu at De Baga.

Dal Bukhara

~It is velvety smooth Dal. Whether its dal makhani or dal Bukhara they are classics 20th century Indian culinary curries. Dal bukhara is slow cooked black lentils, kidney beans simmered in a tomato base sauce for hours~

Gazab Ka Keema

~parsi spiced minced lamb cooked with egg yolk. The joy of mopping the plate with the minced lamb gravy and the runny eggs is seconds to none~

Makan Wale Ke Murgi

~Chargrilled chicken tossed in honey tomato rich sauce and braised fenugreek leaves~

Konkani Seafood Curry

~A classic dish in Konkani cuisine. Coastal fish curry with tender coconut, kokum, and curry leaves. Flavoured with sichuan pepper~
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De Baga

Mango

12-14 Bank St, LS22 6NQ

Mango is an award-winning Indian vegetarian restaurant. Mango deliver fresh, home-cooked food with little modern twists from the kitchen. Our ethos is simple: ‘We’ll serve you what we would eat at home.’ All of our dishes have been tried and tested in the Sonigra household for generations and with over 20 people in the family, that’s no mean feat! The Sonigra family originate from the west Indian state of Gujarat, where over 50% of the general public practise vegetarianism as part of the predominant religion, Hinduism. This way of life has been instilled in this region for centuries. Gujarati food has evolved and adapted to create dishes revolving around seasonal, local produce and complimentary spicing; a technique observed in Mango. Every dish we serve is a unique recipe, complete in its own right and homage to whichever lentil or vegetable is within it.”

Papad 
~black lentil and cracked pepper papaddom, served with sweet mango and cardamom chutney~

Mysore masala dosa 
~savoury crêpe made of fermented rice and lentils,
filled with a mixed vegetable curry and a garlic and chilli paste – can be made vegan ~

Tarka daal 
~five lentil daal flavoured with traditional aromatic spices, garlic and ginger~

Ragda Pettis 
~spiced, crushed potato rounds in a white pea and tomato curry sauce, topped with date and tamarind chutney, seasoned gram vermicelli, red onion, pomegranates and coriander~

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Mango

Tharavadu

7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ

For authentic and multi award winning indian cuisine visit Tharavadu.  Tharavadu, is a place where you will experience the flavours of traditional Kerala cooking from the hands of chefs who learned the first lessons from these traditional Nair Tharavadu. The chefs are born and brought up in Kerala and has got numerous years of experience in this traditional way of cooking. So there will be no compromise on the quality you can say with- out any doubt it will be the best Indian restaurant in town, a change to the normal curry house. Tharavadu – The First authentic Kerala Restaurant in Leeds has become one the favourite dining spot of the region in a very short span of time. Tharavadu entered in to the top 10 restaurants in Leeds with in the first week of opening in the most trusted travel website in the world Tripadvisor.”

CHEMMEEN RASAM (PRAWNS SOUP) 
~Rasam – The essence of South India. Rasam used to be consumed
as a natural medicine to cure many diseases in Ayurvedic System
of Medicine. Here in Tharavadu we are infusing the riches of
prawns to the traditionally prepared Rasam using tomato, black
pepper, cumin and other spices as seasonings~

CHILLI PANEER 
~One of the most sought after dish of India. Fresh homemade
Indian cottage cheese called paneer sautéed with onion,
peppers, tomato and aromatic Kerala spices~

MUTTA ROAST 
~Egg Roast is a delicious preparation of boiled eggs in a delicious onion and tomato gravy. At Tharavadu we serve italong with steamed appam and is one of the most popular breakfast dishes in Kerala~

KARNAVAR MASALA DOSA 
~Rice and lentil pan cake thinly spread with special keralan aromatic chutney and butter, stuffed with ‘dosa masala’ made of vegetables and seasoned potatoes.~

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Tharavadu

Prashad – on the Outskirts of Leeds

137 Whitehall Rd, Drighlington, BD11 1AT

Famous for its delicious authentic North West Indian recipes , Prashad offer a classically Indian dining experience.  Some of the wonderful cuisine on offer is listed below.

Lassan Paneer Tikka 
~Tandoored paneer infused with garlic, lime & chives~
Methi Khanda Bhajia 
~Garam Massala infused fenugreek leaves & onion bhajis~
Chaat 
~A medley of tastes and textures: diced hot samosa, topped with crisp pastry, potato, chickpeas, yoghurt & tamarind dressing~

 

Masala Dosa 

~Additional Paneer Filling  Lentil & rice flour crepe with a spiced potato & onion curry, served with lentil broth and coconut chutney~
Pani Puri 
~Mini puris filled with kachumber and served with a spicy herb sauce, tamarind chutney & a warm pea raghra~
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Prashad Indian Restaurant

Best Italian Restaurants in Leeds – Italian food…the glorious delights of the pizza and pasta dishes that we have all come to know so well. Before we dive into the Best Italian Restaurants in Leeds I’m going to share with you some fascinating facts that you can dazzle your friends with next time you are enjoying a spag bol together.  Did you know that in Italy spaghetti bolognese isn’t served with spaghetti at all, but with tagliatelle? In-fact the Italians don’t even call it bolognese, they call it ragu! The reason  us foreigners use a different name? Legend has it that in WW2, foreign soldiers passed through the city of Bologna were introduced to this wonderful sauce. On returning home they wanted to recreate this delicious pasta dish that they had enjoyed so much but they couldn’t remember the original name  so it became the sauce of Bologna, the Bolognese sauce. What we do know as fact is that you will not find spaghetti bolognese on the menu of any self respecting Italian restaurant!  Anyway, you are here to find Italian restaurants in Leeds –

Viva Italian Restaurant

9-11 Bridge End, Leeds LS1 7HG

At Viva Restaurant they offer a comfortable and relaxing setting where you can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine. The menu is traditionally Italian with something delicious to suit everybody’s taste. Below are just a few of the mouth watering options available.

Bresaola della Valtellina 

~Cured Italian beef thinly sliced, cheese shavings, seasonal leaves and virgin olive oil~

Battuta di Pollo alla Milanese 

~Chicken breast, bread crumbed and pan fried served on a bed of garlic and chilli spaghetti, salad & vegetable~

Filetto ai Gamberoni 

~Grilled fillet steak served with king prawns and garlic on a bed of seasonal leaves~

Spaghetti all Pesto Sauce (V) 

~ Homemade sauce from fresh basil, pine kernels, parmesan, pecorino cheese, garlic, extra virgin and olive oil~

Rustica Funghi (V) 

~Parcels of wild mushrooms in a cream, sun dried tomato pesto and mascarpone sauce~

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Viva Italian Restaurant

Trattoria II Forno

85 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5BP

At Trattoria II Forno they offer a classic Italian experience, including a warm and friendly vibe and a menu of traditional Italian dishes including wood fired pizzas. Here are some of the delights that they have on offer.

Insalata di Pollo 
~Pan fried chicken breast on a mixed leaf salad with
croutons and parmesan, with a Ceasar salad dressing
with anchovies~

Medaglioni di Maiale 
~Pork medallions in a creamy Marsala wine and mushroom sauce served with crushed potatoes, caramelised onions and pancetta~

Risotto Primavera 
~Risotto with asparagus, peas and broccoli finished with crumbled goats cheese, dill and chives and parmesan~

Pizza alle Polpette 
~tomato sauce, mozzarella, juicy homemade beef
meatballs, mixed bell peppers, jalapenos, rocket and
parmesan shavings~

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Trattoria II Forno

Z U C C O Italian restaurant in Leeds

603 Meanwood Road, Leeds LS6 4AY

Offering an extensive classic Italian menu, including, currently, an extensive take away service, Zucco is well respected for its fine Mediterranean cuisine. A contemporary Italian restaurant and bar with a vibrant feel. Some of the delicious menu options are below.

Baked Figs

~served with gorgonzola and prosciutto crudo~

Spaghetti all vongole

~served with pancetta, chilli and garlic~

Ox cheek

~Ox cheek, pea and grana padano risotto~

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Z U C C O Italian restaurant in Leeds

Da Vito Ristorante

3 York Place, Leeds LS12DR, near Metropolitan Hotel

Da Vito Ristorante invite you to visit them and discover the true Italian cuisine, featuring antipasti, paste, minestre, carni, pesce. Some of the stars of the menu are listed below.

Brie Fritto

~Deep fried Brie cheese, seasonal leaves, compote of woodland berries/seasonal fruit~

Tagliolini with Fresh & Smoked Salmon

~Fresh egg pasta tagliolini with fresh & smoked Salmon, cream and tomatoe sauce~

Tagliata Di Manzo

~Grilled prime sirloin steak, sliced and finished in the oven with evo oil, on a bed of spinach and wild mushroom, pecorino cheese~

Pollo Milano

~Chicken breast bread crumbed and pan-fried served on a bed of garlic and chilli spaghetti~

Tagliolini with Homemade Pesto Genovese

~Homemade sauxe from fresh basil, pine kernels, parmesan, pecorino cheese, garlic, evo~
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Da Vito Ristorante

Culto – Italian

97 Stainbeck Road, Leeds, LS7 2PR

At Culto visitors enjoy a bright, relaxed dining experience with a wonderful choice of  Italian fare including traditional pasta dishes, pizza & salads. Some of the stand out items on the menu are listed below.

Arancini Ripieni Cotto e Mozzarella 
~Sicilian rice balls coated in breadcrumbs, filled with cooked
ham and mozzarella ~

Linguine Rosse (v)
~Linguine pasta cooked in wood aged Barolo wine sauce with
onions and black pepper~

Linguine Mediterráneo
~linguine pasta with prawns, courgettes, tomatoes in creamy sauce~

Diavola
~Cultos most famous pizza – Mild spicy Italian salami, Nduja(hot ground sausage imported from Calabria), fresh chilli, ham~

Petto di pollo alla griglia
~Charcoal grilled chicken breast marinated for 24h with extra
virgin olive oil, capers, garlic and chilli~

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Culto – Italian

 

 

 

 

The Lost and Found Leeds Restaurant Review – A while ago I tried out The Lost and Found restaurant in the Leeds Club on Albion Place.  It’s housed in a truly beautiful building, with a comfortable and quirky interior vibe. Set over two floors with a airy and light bar and comfortable seating downstairs and the main restaurant upstairs (you can eat in the bar too). Oh, and outside tables for a nice street bistro feel.  They serve lunch, brunch and dinner.

It was a very hot day and we had the large doors that opened onto a Juliet balcony.

We went for a three course meal (all the better for the food photos) but they do other offers too, like the bottomless brunch which includes any brunch dish with bottomless Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, Bellinis or Prosecco by the glass for £25.00 (and you get to sit there for two hours in case you are wondering, which I totally was).

The Lost and Found Leeds Restaurant

The Lost and Found in Leeds has a marvellous cocktail menu as we found out, with treasures such as this St Clementine’s Garden.

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And this Waterhouse Fizz (verdict – this one was a bit sweet – we recommend the St Clementine instead!)  I loved the cornflower though!

They also have a selection of ‘temperance’ (ie non-alcoholic) cocktails for us drivers and I sampled the Summer Orchard, apple juice, elderflower syrup, muddled limes and mint.  Was just like drinking a mojito!

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And the Hedgerow Cooler, blackberries, apple juice, soda, lemon juice and lavender syrup.

cocktails - The Lost and Found Leeds Restaurant Review

Moving into the food, we both chose the grilled chicken skewers in satay sauce with cucumber, carrot, spring onion and coriander.  This was delicious, very Asian inspired.  It was also large for a starter.

Then, I chose the BBQ pork belly with new potato, spring onion & sour cream salad and a chipotle & lime coleslaw.

The Lost and Found Leeds Restaurant Review

I enjoyed this very much. The pork was really tender like pulled pork, but more succulent, with a fab flavoured sauce, given a smoky flavour from the josper. For those who have never heard of a josper before (ie like me), it is a large charcoal oven.  You could see it from the restaurant:

The Lost and Found Leeds Restaurant Review

My guest chose the Wagyu beef burger, which would have been my second choice. A good sized burger (that was excellent apparently) in a fresh bun with salad. The fries, I can attest from having stolen a couple were very tasty indeed.

Burger - The Lost and Found Leeds Restaurant Review

By this point I was very full indeed, but for the benefit of you, dear reader, I managed to order the dessert course. Besides, dessert photos are usually the prettiest! So here we have Millionaire’s shortbread with dark chocolate, sticky whisky caramel, honeycomb and a rich chocolate ice cream.

I chose one of my all time favourites White chocolate and Raspberry Eton Mess with vanilla cream, fresh raspberries, meringue and raspberry sorbet.

Dessert -The Lost and Found Leeds Restaurant Review

The presentation was beautiful, though I think I would have liked more meringue, mainly because I love meringue!

Overall we had a fabulous meal.  All the staff we came into contact with were welcoming and friendly too which always gives a place a nice atmosphere.  The Lost and Found Leeds makes a great lunch or dinner place or even a comfortable place for afternoon coffee (definitely check it out rather than scrabbling for a table in Costa).  The bottomless brunch sounds an amazing idea too!

 

 

Also have a look at our post on the Best Restaurants in Leeds.

Best Thai Restaurant Leeds – there are lots of fabulous Thai restaurants in Leeds, where you can indulge in your desire for Pad Thai, Green Thai Curry or, my favourite, Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken and Coconut soup).

 

Chaophraya – Upmarket Thai Restaurant

20A, Blayds Court, Swinegate, Leeds LS1 4AG

“A short walk from Leeds train station you can escape the city at Chaophraya. Our culinary team bring together classic Thai and distinct signature dishes, including vegan and gluten free options, accompanied by a fantastic range of cocktails, wines and beers. In the summer months come and enjoy a coffee or cocktail on our first-floor terrace or join us in our contemporary feeling restaurant inspired by Thailand. Find us opposite the Q park Criterion place and just down from Trinity shopping centre car park.”

 

Sukhothai

15 S Parade, Leeds LS1 5QS

“Our flagship Sukhothai in Leeds City Centre restaurant, on South Parade, is the perfect place to enjoy authentic Thai food in the heart of Leeds; be it for business or pleasure.  Now featuring a fabulous lower dining floor and VIP room (available for hire) it’s the best place to enjoy all the usual Sukhothai quality and excellence; including our acclaimed 200+ dish à la carte menu and Khao Gang/Lunch menu.”

 

Thai Edge Leeds – Glamorous Thai Dining Room

7 Calverley St, Leeds LS1 3DB

Thai Edge is really a departure from the norm. Gone are the heavily themed, crimson shades and cluttered environments that are typical of oriental eateries. These are replaced by an approach that gives great emphasis to clean crisp lines, balance and intelligent use of space.”

 

Zaap Thai Streetfood

22 Grand Arcade, Leeds LS1 6PG

Zaap Thai sounds like a lively spot to try some Thai street-food in Leeds.  “If you are looking for a buzzing Bangkok market atmosphere, with real Thai street food then head down to the grand arcade on New Briggate in Leeds city centre.”

 

My Thai – Affordable Thai Food in Leeds

The Merrion Centre, 43 Wade Lane, Leeds LS2 8NJ

Perfect for when you are heading to a gig or to watch stand up at the First Direct Arena, My Thai is a “Thai Shack in the heart of Leeds, serving affordable Thai food. Leave the packed lunch at home and eat with us! Next door to First Direct Arena in Wade Lane in Merrion Centre.”

 

Also have a look at our ultimate list of the best restaurants in Leeds.

 

 

 

 

 

Brazilian Restaurants Leeds – You’re may be familiar with  the Brazilian Barbecue restaurants in America and Europe, where waiters are armed with giant hunks of meat, from which they slice pieces off directly onto the plates of the guests. It may seem like a gimmick, but the barbecue in Brazil (known as churrasco) is  an important part of the regional diet. Churrasco uses a variety of meats like beef, pork, chicken, and sausage that are cooked over a large “churrasqueira” charcoal barbecue grill.  The barbecues themselves usually have supports for spits or skewers, and often have nothing separating the meat and the embers. Beef is the most popular meat prepared on the churrasco. It is usually marinated in delicious flavours, including lime, lemon, or garlic for several hours before being seasoned with salt. Lets check out the  Best Brazilian Restaurants in Leeds.

 

Estabulo Rodizio Bar and Grill

St Peter’s Place, Leeds, LS9 8AQ

Estabulo Rodizio Bar & Grill honour the Brazilian Gaúcho’s traditional method of cooking.  They take the most flavoursome cuts of meat, which are then skewered and cooked slowly on open flames. This method of cooking also means that all the meat served to you fresh at your table, straight from the grill.  You can eat as much or as little as you like, and we have a large selection of meats on offer, so you can stick to what you know or try something a little bit different! Some of the mouth watering options at Estabulo are listed below. 

FILÉ MIGNON /BEEF TENDERLOIN
~A first class cut of meat, tender and full of flavour~

BARRIGA DE PORCO/ PORK BELLY
~Delicious succulent Pork Belly Meat~

RISSOTTO/BUTTERNUT SQUASH RISOTTO
~A risotto full of flavour with a vegetarian Hard Cheese~

CARNEIRO/ LAMB
~Tender Lamb seasoned & delivered to your table~

Brazilian Restaurant in Leeds
Estabulo Brazilian Restaurant in Leeds

Fazenda

Waterman’s Place, Leeds LS1 4GL

An exciting South American dining experience awaits you at Fazenda.  “Across the planes of the Pampas, herds of cattle graze vast pastures providing our South American native lands – Argentina and Brazil – with the finest meats.  At Fazenda, we want to keep century-old gaúcho traditions alive, bringing the true essence of our culinary roots and rodizio dining. From the finest grilled meats, to the most exquisite selection of wines, we’re dedicated to providing high-quality ingredients with outstanding service to each and every one of our guests.”

Some of the wonderful dishes at Fazenda –

COSTELETA DE CORDEIRO / LAMB CUTLETS
~On the bone to enhance grilling flavours~

FILÉ-MIGNON
~Beef tenderloin~

PROVOLETA
~An Argentinian classic. Provolone drizzled in chimichurri and topped with fresh cherry tomatoes. Accompanied with fresh bread for dipping~

ALCATRA/RUMP
~Tender cut with a distinctive meaty taste~

Brazilian Restaurant in Leeds
Fazenda

 

Gaucho

21-22 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JF

Not Brazilian, but in Gaucho is a glamorous Argentinian steak restaurant “Bringing a slice of Argentina to Leeds, in the city centre, dine with us during the week to relax with friends or colleagues over a cocktail after work at our bar, grab a swift lunch, a leisurely dinner, or celebrate in one of our private dining rooms. When it comes to the weekend you’re invited to our DJ hosted electro brunch and legendary Sunday roasts at the finest Argentinian steak in Leeds.”

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Gaucho

 

Have a look at our list of the best restaurants in Leeds.