I must say, locals are truly lucky in Leeds. If you feel that you don’t have a lot of pennies to spend on food, you can still eat out at some of the quality eateries. There is no dearth of choices, including Italian, French, Indian, Japanese etc.
From lip-smacking street foods in places like NOM and Dough Boys, to the spicy Indian food at Aagrah, amazing vegetarian delights at Roots & Fruits, and Japanese specialties at Fuji Hiro, there is no lack of amazing restaurants in Leeds. Here are some of the best restaurants to dine out without breaking your bank.
These days, family-run businesses are mushrooming across the world. Started from a scratch when culinary suspicion was on the rise in the late 70s in the UK, Aagrah has earned a special place in hearts of Yorkshire. It has all the Indian curries and staples. Don’t miss the Hyderabadi mild-to-medium curry with rich blend of cream and spices that can easily give a tough competition to tikka masala and shahi korma. Enjoy the fresh and sizzling fish that is cooked in a range of aromatic spices and spicy lamb kebabs.
Roots & Fruits
The North may be known for the love of pastry and meat, but Leeds has some of the best vegetarian restaurants for memorable dining experiences. This small restaurant has solid range of menus, including falafel, burritos, lasagna, and jacket potatoes, starting at just £4. Don’t miss the special halloumi salad, featuring olives, pulses, and a bouncy blanket of leaves, which keeps you feel fuller for longer.
Dough Boys’ pizza has no competition in the city. It features sauce which is both tangy and sweet, ultra-thin base, and is made of juicy tomatoes all the way from San Marzano, a whole array of toppings, and binding pile of cheese. The owners are proud in origin of their ingredients which are displayed well and are sourced locally. Be sure to visit before 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays and before 7pm rest of the days to pick up your slice at a fraction of price.
It is one of the oldest restaurants at the city centre which has been serving famous Japanese staples for ages. The menus include appetizers like fried noodles, such as fuji beef men and yaki soba, gyoza, along with chahan (fried rice), chicken katsu curry, and steaming ramen bowls.
The interior borders on stark but quality of meals is enough to grab your attention which are value for money. A set meal (along with main, side dish, and beer) is starting at just £15.95.
It attracts romantic student couples thanks to its fairy lights, captivating purple décor, waxy candles in wine bottle, and astounding Mediterranean food by paying less. The food is not that fancy by name, but is smelling great to make it a memorable date for you. It is something you will want to return more and more. Starters like delicious dolmas and kubah are keenly priced, while mains like pizza breads and pastas to kofta, falafel, lamb meatballs and salads are priced from £5 to £9.