In Leeds on any day, afternoon or night of the year, you can find great food of any country if you know where to look.
My favourite food is Italian, so I mainly visit the Italian resturants, and tend to get things like chinese and indian for takeaway.
One Indian resturant that is worth going to is Akmals in Hyde Park.
Its been converted from the old toilets into a lovely small Indian resturant. The staff are very friendly, you get served extremely quickly, and its mainly aimed at students, so you can have a curry, with rice, naan and popudums for about 7pounds each!
In terms of Italian, I have already written a review about Bella Italia, although there are some nicer resturants.
Brios in the Light shopping centre is excellent. The food is amazing, although its quite expensive when you start having about 5 toppings on your pizza. About 6-11pounds for a huge pizza. The pasta is amazing and tastes like you are actually eating in Italy. They have Italian chefs and staff and its a nice resturant to eat at.
On the bottom bridge by the Calls is another lovely Italian. I can never remember the name, but its the best Italian experience in Leeds. It is next to a sandwich bar and is surrounded by pubs and is straight on from the gay street before you cross the bridge.
As soon as you go in you are greeted with Italian 'ciao', 'come stai'. Most people answer hello but as I can speak Italian I like to have a conversation. The manager is a huge traditional Italian man. He has the most amazing opera voice, and sings along to pavarotti in the background. He now recognises me as the 'english girl who speaks italian'. He always gives you excellent service and they always give you a free appetiser so you dont get hungry whilst you are waiting.
Its quite expensive but its got a small cosy atmosphere and its just so welcoming. I really recommend it as the food is great, the service is brilliant and it leaves you with a nice warm fuzzy feeling that you have been welcomed into an Italian family.
One more Italian that I really like is Zizzis. The atmosphere isnt as good as some others, but the service and the food is brilliant. Its about 6-10pounds for a pizza. At the moment moneysavingexpert.com has a voucher link for 2 for 1 on main meals which I am going to use this week there!
There are so many chinese and thai resturants, in the small China town part, most are quite cheap and often have deals on for students.
There really are so many resturants I could never describe them, but I would say dont always go for the chains as the smaller ones often have a nicer experience, although they might cost a little more.
Crown buffet, a new buffet restaurant in Leeds. What was different about this was that I chose all the ingredients I liked and asked the chef to cook it. The kids absolutely loved watching their food being tossed about in the wok. The place looks nice and the staff were friendly. I would choose this place over others because of its relaxed ambience. Not as cramped as the other restaurants. Value for money.
If you love American style food and delicious cocktails then this is the place to be. The restaurant is situated in the heart of Leeds city centre and surrounded by numerous pubs, bars and clubs. The only thing you need to bear in mind is that you cannot book on a Saturday night. This means you will have to stand and drink cocktails (yummy) in the bar while you wait. The downside to this being that Saturday is the busiest night of the week and there is very little seating in the bar area. Be there at about 7pm and you probably won't have to wait too long. Because the food is American style the portions are very generous, so make sure you don't wear skin-tight jeans or you'll be undoing the top button. Also the food is definitely geared toward carnivores. Steak, chicken, burgers, pork, ribs etc... There are vegetarian options but Hard Rock id definetely a meat eater's paradise! If you are going out for someone's birthday then you can humiliate them by telling the staff who will then bring in a lovely dessert and make them stand on a chair whilst the whole restaurant sings Happy Brithday. If you have never been to a Hard Rock Cafe then I strongly recommend that you do, it is an experience not to be missed.
So, you arrive in Leeds, do a bit of shopping, then suddenly the niggling, nagging voice in your stomach chirps up demanding food. Where do you go? Well, I too have found myself in this situation, so here are a few of my fave places to go and pig out/take lunch: Whitelocks Pub - Down a side alley in the main shopping precincts, past Pizza Hut. This pub prides itself in serving generous portions of traditional pub grub. Normally packed to the brim with people during the lunch hour. If you're starving, it's a good place to try, I can recommend the shepherds pie, it was delicious. Enjoy a pint of ale from their selection of real ales. The only complaint is that it's a bit small. Prices are reasonable, expect to pay between £5-7 for a meal with a drink. Corn Exchange - Big circle building, on most bus routes. Look for hoardes of teens with heavy/nu-metal t-shirts. In the Corn Exchange there are two places to eat; a trendy little bar and a sandwich place. The bar serves up tapas and other delights, as well as a reasonable selection of sarnies and other snacks such as chips. The prices are again reasonable, in view of the local competition. I had a BLT which had generous fillings with nice bread and a side salad. The bar also sells a selection of cigars. The sandwich place does a good line in ciabatta melts. Prices for the food is good, around £2-3 for a good sized portion. The tuna melt is delicious. It's a good place to have a sit with a cup of tea, mid-shopping spree. Revolution Vodka Bar - Near corn exchange, down road with guitar shops on it. Being a chain owned bar, it's menu is pre-ordained by higher beings, as it were. However, the staff are just ace, always friendly, often attractive, and worthy of tipping. I ordered the mixed platter, containing amongst other things - Calamari, Chicken wings in Bloody Mary sauce and lamb kebabs. The price was around £3 and for that you get a l
ot of food, almost too much to eat. They do a good line in flavoured vodka too, enjoy a chocolate honeycomb vodka for desert. As well as the mixed platter, they do hot and cold sarnies (large, nice) and main course dishes too. The price is actually quite good, considering that it's quite a trendy place, with a nice atmosphere and good, different every time, music. Comfy sofas too! Cuban Heels - Behind the corn exchange Although I have not been in yet, my friend Che ensures me that the food they serve is good. Knowing Che, it's probably a little pricey, but undoubtably good. Specialising in Latino-esque foods, they normally have a decent lunch time offer when open, so if you fancy something a little different, perhapps Cuban heels is the place to go Townhouse - Behind Corn Exchange Trendy-ville, always full at lunch time. Yet again, however, the lunchtime specials are reasonably priced, £5-6 for a good sized, delicious meal. I had the calamari salad and the calamari was nicely cooked, with a fresh salad and good dressing. Drinks can be pricey, but coffee costs less than Starbucks and is nicer. Wothwhile checking out just after lunch time. Bagel Shop - Victorian Arcade I just love Bagels so if I need my bagel fix, I have to go there! They have a load of different types of bagel, savory and sweet, with fillings of your choice. I just tend to buy three bagels in their offer and snack on one. Don't bother eating in, it's dingy and depressing most of the time. If you're at the kiosk however, it's not as plenty of light gets in through the arcade ceiling. Soups quite nice from the kiosk too. Wetherspoons - Train Station Standard fare from the massive chain pub, with prices slightly up compared to the other Wetherspoons around. Beer and a burger isn't bad, it's cheap and cheerful but the burger is often a little plain and dry. Solution: Shove shed loads of condiments all
over it. About £4-5 for a cheap meal and a drink. Chinese Place I can't remember name of! - By Games Workshop and Superdrug, across road from Corn Exchange and down a side street. This place is great if you like sushi, having a large menu of different types. Prices ain't cheap, but sushi generally isn't. Better than Boots Sushi any day of the week. Expect to pay £5-8 for a decent portion of food. Normans - Same road as Revolution Fussball! Normans is primarily a noodle bar, with a nice variety of wholesome noodle dishes to try for £4-5. It's yet another trendy little bar, fussball was 50p last time I went. Odd shape furniture but has a good atmosphere and a nice selection of bottled beer too. Luckys - Miles away from city centre, near Leeds Met Uni (ish). Best Pizza in Leeds, by my opinion. You name it, they'll try put it on a pizza for you. Chocolate? No problem, they have a delicious choc pizza with apple + sultanas. There are the usual selection of toppings, as well as ridiculously unhealthy, post pub bingeing, meat pizzas. With luck, when you have the coronary after devouring a kebab pizza, a passing student nurse will revive you. There are a lot of other little places to go eat too, that I've not included. I'll try add them as I remember them. Enjoy!
was the question my tactless mother in law bellowed. I have to say though, I wondered if they did for a moment. Here, I’ll explain why you can forget so much as a cup of tea that doesn’t taste like Flash Cleaner (ie. Burger King’s offering), let alone a bite to eat… After a fabulous day out on the coach from Liverpool, I had fallen in love with Leeds. It really leaves Liverpool to shame with the second to none shopping areas. The streets are spotless, the city centre is not uncomfortably crowded, it has some great architecture, and the shops are nicely spread over a large-ish area, so you can leisurely walk to where you want to shop. And so, after shopping until we literally were dropping at the Starbucks coffee house doorway, we were told that we’d only be able to get a coffee to take out as they were closing in 3 minutes. I looked at my watch – it was 5.25. And this was from the same coffee house that claims to be your “Home from Home”, opening to fit your needs. Unfortunately, those of us in Liverpool who don’t need to be out in the suburbs after dark nicking cars actually like to have a cup of coffee after a long days work, shopping, trumpet busking, whatever. Pret was even less willing to keep to its opening times. We weren’t even offered coffee to take away, just a few left over snacks from the day, which would otherwise be destroyed. Same at: Delifrance - City centre pubs - City Centre café bars - All the ‘pavement restaurants’ - Bob’s butty bar (really, I’m surprised at Bob) - McDonald’s (shock horror) - The local fish and chip shop (by which time we were getting desperate) - Every other outlet within 1 mile of Marks and Sparks that sold so much as a biscuit crumb And so after my mother in law was almost begging the big issue sellers for half a sandwich, we ended up in good old Burger King (whi
ch was situated in the coach station). After devouring our ‘Whopper’, fries and polystyrene cup of pasteurised toilet cleaner, we were left in the station, 45 minutes before our coach was due, with only the Cadbury’s vending machine to keep the in law quiet. And so my advice is – if your hungry in Leeds, and you don’t really know the city that well, make sure you eat before the shops shut. Otherwise you can abandon yourself to the invasion of flame-grilled rubber on a bun we know as Burger King in the civilised world. Of course, those who live in the city know much more about place to eat and drink than the average thick scouser does, so please add some advice in the comments! Even my mother in law can get fed up with Crunchies, and so I closed my eyes as I seen her heading for the information desk, smelling for entertainment. I heard her say: “Such a shame you working in such a dead end job (to the ticket inspector). Still, I suppose you’ll be made redundant in a few months, what with all the job losses…”
Number 1 is a Chinese Resteraunt in Moortown. We used to go there almost every week when wee lived up that way because it really does live up to it's name. Number 1! The food they serve there is PHENOMINAL. Reasonably priced and with a large selection of dishes to choose from on the menu. You wait in the foyer downstairs to go to your table and have an aperative. Supplied while you wait are free prawn crackers. Upstairs the surroundings are comfortable with the expected oriental flavour decor. The resteraunt itself is usually full ....... although this tells you something. Deservedly so because the food is delicious. If you want to get a table for Saturday, I would advise booking first therefore. I would definitely urge you to try it, although we haven't visited for about 3 years now as we live miles away, as you will not be disappointed.
This is the best fish and chip shop in the country. There is no debate, this the best. If you do not believe me then go there and have a meal. The restaurant at Guiseley is the original Harry Ramsden’s and is still the best, with not just great food, but a real sense of history (First opened in 1928). When you arrive in the large car park the first thing you notice is the area designated for queuing. Yes, this restaurant gets so busy that people will queue for long periods to get a table. Coach parties are brought for the famous fish and chips and nobody goes away disappointed. According to the Guinness Book of Records this is the world’s largest fish and chip restaurant, and serves nearly a million customers every year. Apparently the batter for the fish is made to a secret recipe which only a few people at each restaurant know, and it is very tasty and crispy. I have also heard a rumour that beer is added to the deep fryers to give the chips their unique flavour. This is no ordinary fish and chip shop. There is even a Harry Ramden’s gift shop, where you can buy souvenirs of your visit. The staff are very efficient and friendly and after a table has been used the staff clear everything off and change the tablecloth for each new set of customers. Even at the take away service the food is still excellent and Harry Ramsden’s never cook your food until it is ordered, so that you always get food hot and freshly cooked. This does mean you may have to wait a few minutes, but the wait is well worth while. If you enjoy fish and chips (as I certainly do), then drive up to Leeds, find Guiseley and visit Harry Ramsden’s. Your trip will be worthwhile. It is not just a meal, it is an experience.
Dinos is a butsling Italian Pizza Pasta restuarant situated right beneath the Central Station in Leeds. The servicvebis pretty good, usually slow to take the order then fast, so watch they don't whip the plates away. They have a good variety of dishes, with exceellent veggie choice. A favourite of mine was Pasta Elenora (courgettes and pine nuts ) but they've taken that off. however they do still serve the hubbies favourite dish a chicken Calzone is a massive feast, 3 chicken breasts stuffed inside a folded pizza. You can book for early evening, however later it gets busy ( leeds FC players) so be prepared to wait.