Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Leeds
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Leeds restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 158 restaurants in Leeds and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Leeds restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Tharavadu Indian restaurant in Leeds 7- 8 Mill Hill - LS1
“If you didn’t know it was there, you might just walk past, even though it gets very busy!” – this popular gem “a few minutes walk from Leeds Station” is well worth remembering for its “exemplary” Keralan food: “if you like fish and honest south Indian flavours then this is THE place”.
2. Sukhothai Thai restaurant in Leeds 8 Regent St - LS7
Well-known Chapel Allerton Thai (est 2002) with a number of spin-offs, including in the city-centre, which retains a strong reputation in these parts. Feedback was surprisingly thin last year, but good all-round.
3. Aagrah Indian restaurant in Leeds St Peter’s Sq - LS9
“Sometimes the old guard can maintain its position – which certainly applies to the Aagrah”, a mighty chain whose “consistently high-quality and value-for-money” food features a “Kashmiri bias but includes most standards from the subcontinent”. Bonus – it’s “ideally located to enjoy Leeds nightlife before or after”.
4. Sukhothai Thai restaurant in Leeds 15 South Parade - LS1
“Wonderful, authentic Thai food” wins solid ratings for Thai-born chef-owner Ban Kaewkraikhot, whose original Chapel Allerton restaurant from 2002 has spawned two outposts in Leeds and one in Harrogate.
5. Tattu Chinese restaurant in Leeds 29 East Parade, Minerva House - LS1
“Amazing flowering blossom décor” is the undoubted highpoint at this “noisy” Chinese-influenced Asian: part of an expanding glam-Asian national chain. Though not especially foodie, the cooking escaped any criticism last year: “it’s fun and you come away having had a good meal”.
6. Prashad Indian restaurant in Leeds 137 Whitehall Rd - BD11
“Superb Indian vegetarian food” – “spicy but beautifully presented” – has made this family-run Gujarati a West Yorkshire institution since its humble beginnings in 1992. Now run by the second generation under Bobby Patel (brother Mayur founded Bundobust), it’s “still going strong” – and the “starters are spectacularly good”.
7. Sukhothai restaurant in Leeds 4 St Anne's Road - LS6
“Sawasdee Ka! Welcome to Sukhothai — the home of authentic Thai food in Leeds and Harrogate.
Sukhothai has been right in the heart of Leeds’ bustling student suburb of Headingley since 2007, occupying a commanding corner plot, on St Anne’s Road. It offers you the fantastic Ã l...
8. Kendells Bistro French restaurant in Leeds St Peters Square - LS9
“Intimate… delightfully eclectic” – there’s no shortage of plaudits for this “romantic” fixture, where there’s “no menu but all the choices are on a giant blackboard”. The overall effect is “just like dining in France…confit of duck, French onion soup, boeuf bourguignon etc.”, and the early-evening menu is “amazing value for money” too.
9. Salvo’s Italian restaurant in Leeds 115 & 107 Otley Road - LS6
The Dammone family’s Headingley fixture (est 1976) is “a Leeds institution that maintains its standards and is still evolving”, having moved beyond offering first-rate pasta and pizza to add a next-door café/salumeria serving bolder ‘alter ego’ tasting menus on Fri and Sat nights.
10. Issho Japanese restaurant in Leeds Victoria Gate, George St - LS2
“They have evolved the culinary experience” at D&D London’s splashy Japanese three-year-old, atop Trinity shopping centre, and featuring a “superb terrace”; nowadays “the food is just beautiful” (albeit “expensive”) and “they also have an amazing cocktail bar”.
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