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Restaurants in Leeds: things to know before you go

Leeds is a real eater’s paradise these days. With loads of interesting eateries fed by the city’s street food culture and so much choice, the best restaurants in Leeds have plenty of treats to offer. Find out all you need to know below.

Where can I get authentic Indian food in Leeds?

Though not quite so famous for curry as neighbouring Bradford, Leeds still has a glut of brilliant Indian restaurants. There are still plenty of traditional curry houses, but interesting variations offering different regional options or vegetarian alternatives are emerging, too.

  • Corner Cafe is a perfect example of how to do a traditional curry house really well. In business since 1976, it went through a revamp a decade ago and now serves the classics in a contemporary setting with a great selection of local ales.
  • Prashad is based outside of Leeds city centre, in Drighlington. It’s technically a Bradford restaurant, but that’s splitting hairs – and the food is too good to not include it on this list. The creative menu is based on the Gujarati food the Patel family grew up with. The authentic North West Indian food they serve is all vegetarian, but if you don’t tell the meat lovers in your party they won’t even miss their chicken or lamb.
  • Bundobust is a trendy offshoot of Prashad, serving street food inspired Indian tapas alongside a wealth of craft beers in Leeds city centre, it’s one of the top Indian restaurants thanks to its varied menu and relaxed dining vibe.

Where’s the best place for lunch in Leeds city centre?

The days when there was nothing other than sandwiches and McDonalds on offer for lunch in Leeds are well behind us. Loads of cool cafés and restaurants in Leeds city centre offer fast, tasty and convenient food for shoppers and workers. Here are three excellent choices:

  • My Thai serves better, faster, cheaper and tastier Thai food than seems reasonable. Don’t question it – just tuck in.
  • Pieminister is a not-quite-fast food joint just across the road from Leeds’s famous Corn Exchange. The pies are tasty and inventive, while the service is swift and friendly.
  • Pho is one of the best Trinity Leeds restaurants. Part of Trinity Kitchen, a food hall that actually hoists food trucks up to the first floor via the outside of the building, Pho offers Vietnamese-style street food that’s fresh, healthy and delicious.

Where can I get the best burger in Leeds?

Sometimes it feels like you can’t trip up in Leeds without landing face-first in a delicious burger. These three offer something particularly special, though.

  • Union Square seems to be on a mission to put you into a burger-induced carb crash. Delicious stuff.
  • Byron was born of founder Tom Byng’s desire to recreate the burgers he ate during a three year stint in the States. He succeeded with flying colours, and Byron serves some of the finest burgers in Leeds. Wash it down with a thick, creamy shake.
  • The Adelphi is an old Victorian pub that has a great selection of ales, a delicious Sunday lunch and, as it happens, an amazing burger on the menu.

What is wagyu beef at Japanese restaurants?

Wagyu beef tends to come from Japan and is very tender and has a buttery flavour, with lots of fat marbling which makes the cut of meat usually much more fat than flesh. A good piece of wagyu beef will be so soft it will melt in your mouth, which is what makes it so desirable.

The reason it costs a lot is the care that goes into raising wagyu breeds. Breeding cows are fed on grass pasture and calves are given a very strict diet (as well as being put in jackets when the weather gets cold) to ensure the highest quality meat.