With our exotic travels to save up for, #TeamCoco can’t be dining Michelin Star A La Carte every night. No matter how much we’d love to. However, we’ve become pretty good when it comes to chowing down on some pretty tasty dishes, without breaking the bank. Leeds is fast becoming a foodie paradise with more restaurants than ever offering competitively priced alternatives to some of our favourites from around the world. We sent our resident food lover, Jenna, to find out where in the city is offering amazing munch, for a fraction of the price….
“Much to my personal trainer’s dismay – I absolutely love naughty food. Yes I can be good and eat my Tuna & Cous Cous, but the thought of dining out makes me more excited than Christmas. Its a running joke amongst some of my friends that I rarely use my oven as I eat out so much, but in reality, dining out gives me inspiration to cook more adventurously at home. Pan Asian is definitley my favourite style of cooking (and eating) but Leeds offers delicacies from all around the world. From Japan to Italy, here are my top suggestions on where to grab a economic yet totally satisfying meal this week.
1.Zaap Thai Street Food – Khow Moo Krob Jae Ban OR Thai Red Curry
Crispy belly pork and rice with their special Zaap sauce – £8.95
Thai green/red curry with chicken, pork, beef, prawns or tofu – £8.95 / £9.50 (Prawn)
Located in the Grand Arcade in the trendy Northern Quarter of Leeds, Zaap is a little piece of Bangkok in the heart of the city. If you think Belly Pork is out of your price range, think again, as their Khow Moo Krob Jae Ban at just £8.95 is an eastern take on this sought after delicacy. It’s spicy, it’s sweet and it’s completely delicious. Pair it with an ice cold Sigha and you’re onto a winner.
If you’re looking for a Thai classic to warm you up, their Thai Red & Green Curries with fluffy rice is an obvious choice. My favourite combinations are definitely Red with Tofu and Green with Prawns and you’ve gotta add on some of their famous Chicken Toast for dipping!
2.LS6 Cafe – Eggs Royale OR Bacon & Maple Syrup Pancakes
Fit for a King — Lightly toasted Rye topped with Smoked Salmon, soft Poached Eggs and a rich Homemade Hollandaise sauce – £8.00 American-Style Pancakes smothered with Maple Syrup and Crispy Bacon – £5.50
LS6 are arguably the kings of all day brunch in Leeds. They’ve been serving up classics for almost 30 years in the heart of Hyde Park but have seriously stepped their game up in the past few years. If you’re looking to upgrade your usual Coco Pops to something more sophisticated, you’ve got to try the Eggs Royale. With Yorkshire Eggs, sustainably caught smoked Salmon and homemade Hollandaise – it’s a dream on a plate that will definitely impress your Mum if she visits for the weekend.
If your weekend has been a little crazier than a visit from the ‘rents, LS6 have got the ultimate hangover cure. Their pancake menu is extensive with Straight Up Maple, NutNana (Nutella and Banana – DELISH) and the holy grail of Yorkshire Bacon & Maple. Their pancakes are made fresh to order and with a stack of three fluffy ones – you’ll be completely stuffed. Not bad for £5.50.
3.Dough Boys Pizza, Belgrave Music Hall – Silvio OR Sausage Fest
Tomato, buffalo mozzarella, torn basil, smoked sea salt – £2.40 Prosciutto, spianata & Belgrave black pepper sausage, mascarpone, caramelised onions – £3.20
Dough Boys are know as Belgrave’s adventurous in-house pizza slingers, serving hand stretched pizza by the slice. Their ingredients are fresh and where possible sourced from local producers. You can always count on at least six delicious varieties with vegan options always available, but Sausage Fest and Silvio 100% stand out as their best creations. What makes this deal even sweeter is that your first two slices are HALF PRICE SLICE until 7pm, Sunday – Thursday and 5pm Friday and Saturday. An excuse to get atleast 3 slices surely?
4.Wok & Go – Pad Thai Box
Rice stick noodles, chicken and broccoli, all wok-tossed in an original Pad Thai sauce (crushed peanuts optional) – £6.25.
Wok & Go is my absolutely go to for delicious and pretty healthy post-shopping snack. Located right next to the Trinity Shopping Centre, just off Boar Lane, it’s the perfect spot for refuling after spending a years wages in Victoria Secret. You can build your own box, but i’d definitley say their classic Chicken Pad Thai box is the best. At just £6.25, you’ve got so much more money to spend on Lingerie. RESULT.
5.Wasabi Sushi & Bento – Chicken Katsu Curry Bento Box
Chicken katsu, choice of rice, Japanese curry sauce, edamame bean salad – £5.95
Wasabi Sushi & Bento may be available up and down the country, but it’s an incredibly popular lunchtime hotspot in Leeds. Think Subway but for really high quality Japanese food. I’ve eaten Chicken Katsu curries from Wagamamas to Revolution and Wasabi’s is definitely the best. You also get absolutely LOADS for your money and I always end up waddling home after devouring one of their huge Bento boxes.
If you’re a veggie, their Tofu curry is also absolutely unreal. I’m mostly a meat eater, but have been known to choose this dish over their carnivore options many a time.
6. LivinITALY – Italo-English Breakfast: livin’italy savoury special
Tuscan Sausage, crispy pancetta, roasted vine tomatoes, Italian fagioli beans, wild creamy mushrooms & a fried egg – £ 8.50
The first time I realised LivinItaly did a banging breakfast was after a stay in one of the Doubletree by Hilton suites right opposite. English hotel breakfasts usually don’t do it for me, so we headed over to see if the Italians could do it better. It’s official, they can. From Scottish marinated Salmon tartare with scrambled eggs, mascarpone cheese & toasted pan-brioche to their classic Italian Fritatta – they offer so much more than your standard Bacon roll.Not only does this established Italian go-to have an extensive breakfast menu, their take on the full english is outstanding. If you like big mediterranean flavours paired with great Italian coffee, you have to stop by. I’ve also heard their Bloody Mary’s are out of this world – so an all round great city centre brunch location.”
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