Everything’s been a bit unusual this year? When we moved to Yorkshire last year, I took this is a major opportunity to take this blog to where I wanted it to be. Principally, we all know I’m a book lover and blogger – but I also write about lifestyle and food quite a bit as well. I wanted to have an equal spread between the book posts I was posting and the Leeds food posts. I set up a Eat Yorkshire website and instagram and have been sharing posts on there (although not as frequently as I would have liked, in light of the COVID-19 situation). I pledged to review both on here and on Eat Yorkshire and share my love of food and dining out. Things are starting to look up a little bit and where we are in West Yorkshire is currently so I thought I’d share some of my fave places to eat in Leeds – and whether they’re taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out Leeds Restaurant Scheme.
Here are MY choices for places to eat in Leeds – I’ve also included a list at the bottom of other restaurants to try that are part of the Eat Out to Help Out Leeds Restaurant Scheme!
Where to Eat in Leeds and Are they Part of the Eat Out to Help Out Leeds Scheme?
Bahn & Mee
[Originally reviewed Bahn & Mee on www.eatyorkshire.co.uk]
One of my favourite places to eat when I’m in a bit of a rush and want to grab something quick but healthy to go is Bahn & Mee. Bahn & Mee is a Vietnamese eatery, situated inside Leeds Kirkgate Market. Not only is it ridiculously affordable, the food is incredibly tasty. I love spicy food – although I can be a bit of a wuss – so the optional additional sriracha is much needed. I tend to order the BBQ pork rice box – it comes with sticky rice and plenty of pickled veg and with the sriracha added to it, is absolutely delicious. Definitely a great choice for a quick lunch to take away and eat in the park!
Eat out to help out Leeds Restaurant? No, but cheap as chips even without a discount and SO worth it!
[Originally reviewed Sukhothai on www.eatyorkshire.co.uk]
Arguably the best place I’ve eaten at in Leeds since we moved here – and that’s saying something. I absolutely adore Thai food – particularly when it’s fantastic quality, excellent portion sides and not ~too~ expensive, either! I opted for Khanom Jeeb dumplings to start and Pad Nam Prik Pao Phed which was a stir fried duck dish. Both were absolutely spectacular – out of this world in fact- and I honestly was overwhelmed with the meal as a whole. The taste was phenomenal, beautifully seasoned and perfectly cooked. There was a reason why the restaurant is always full, that’s for sure!
Eat out to help out Leeds Restaurant? Yes! Get yourself down there in August!
Tapped Leeds and Rudy’s Pizzeria
If you’re a fan of pizza – but the proper kind – then Tapped Leeds is the place for you. Their pizzas are freshly made to order in their incredible pizza oven and have a variety of exciting toppings available to choose from – meat and veggie, as well as some vegan toppings. They also come in a variety of sizes (based on your hunger or else the time of day) so if you’re after a little snack and a pint then this is definitely the perfect place to go. They’re fresh, they’re tasty and they’re definitely affordable.
If you want something a little bit more Italian and traditional, then Rudy’s pizzeria is your best bet! This place opened earlier this year after enormous success in Manchester and Liverpool and I honestly can’t rave about it enough. Affordable pizza with stringy mozzarella and thin bases, fabulous cocktails and the restaurant itself is absolutely stunning too!
Eat out to help out Leeds Restaurant? Sure thing for both!
Mowgli Street Food
My favourite restaurant ever – and FINALLY they’re coming to Leeds. We’ve been to the Mowgli in Liverpool on countless occasions and honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of them. We’ve also taken countless guests there – parents, friends, in groups and so on. We’re booked to go to the new Leeds restaurant on 10th August for the 1st time – and our first venture out since lockdown started and I am so excited to get my fix of the best Indian Street Food I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. We usually order the same things – a couple of starters, usually including either Chat Bombs or Tamarind Treacle fries, a tiffin of mystery dishes and puri breads to go alongside them and a bottle of my favourite Alsatian Wine, Gewurtztraminer. When I lived in Alsace, I drank far too much of this wine and it’s not a cheap one to buy – I think they sell it in Sainsburys, Waitrose and M&S now but it’s easily £10 a bottle at a minimum – so it’s a definitely treat when we eat out! The portion sizes are excellent, they have vegan options available and you can opt to have your dish slightly more mild if you’re not a fan of the spice.
The restaurants themselves are always absolutely stunning – this photo here was taken at the Liverpool Bold Street Restaurant a few years back!
Eat out to help out Leeds Restaurant? Oh yes!
Friends of Ham
One of my favourite bars to go for charcuterie and a glass of wine – Friends of Ham is simply charming. Conveniently located a stone’s throw from the train station, they have build your own charcuterie and cheese boards and a whole menu full of different wines to try out. It’s the perfect post-shopping trip treat which is what we did when we last went (post-COVID, of course!) and the venue itself was absolutely wonderful too. It’s not the biggest place (they do have a secret basement though!) and can get quite busy so do bear that in mind if you’re after somewhere a little bit quieter. I imagine with the COVID-19 measures in place, this won’t be the case though.
Eat out to help out Leeds Restaurant? You betcha!
Where are you favourite Leeds venues? Let me know in the comments!
Other Eat out to Help Out Leeds Restaurants to try:
Veeno Leeds – for tapas and excellent wine
Waterlane Boat House – Burgers, Pizza and Craft Beer
Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill – for meat lovers! Reopening 5th August in Leeds
Manahatta – Brunch and 241 Cocktails
Banyan – Fancy meals and cocktail gin trees!
Iberica Leeds – Authentic Spanish Tapas
Indian Tiffin Room Leeds – another choice for Indian food!
Bundobust Leeds – perfect for veggies and those who like a bit of spice!
Almost Famous Leeds – Burgers and dirty fries to die for!