Six of the Best: Curry houses in Leeds

9 December 2014.......  For Oliver ...    Tharavadu 7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds  TJ100609a Picture Tony Johnson
9 December 2014....... For Oliver ... Tharavadu 7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds TJ100609a Picture Tony Johnson
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When it comes to curry houses, Leeds is spoilt for choice. To coincide with National Curry Week, which ends today, we take a look at six of the best curry houses in Leeds. What better excuse to go out for a curry?

Tharavadu

Oliver...   East Bar and Grill, Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey'6th August 2014. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Oliver... East Bar and Grill, Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey'6th August 2014. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Mill Hill 0113 244 0500

Winner of the Yorkshire Evening Post’s prestigious Oliver Awards 2015, this restaurant takes Indian cooking to a whole new level of sophistication.

The restaurant, which only opened in 2014, is part of a new wave of high-end (yet affordable) diners changing the way we view Indian food. Praised by our judges for its authentic flavours, vibrant atmosphere, impeccable presentation and quality service, it’s a real must see place to dine in the city and should be on your Leeds Bucket List. The food here is fantastic, an explosion of flavour and spice. Vegan and gluten free options also available.

Bundobust

Mark Husak (left) and Mayur Patel, joint owners of Bundobust, Mill Hill, Leeds.

Mark Husak (left) and Mayur Patel, joint owners of Bundobust, Mill Hill, Leeds.

Mill Hill 0113 243 1248

Bundobust’s offers Indian street food with a twist - you can also enjoy craft beer on site at its dedicated bar.

The bare brick, interior really adds to the atmosphere of his up and coming Indian restaurant, which has 12 taps offering ‘entry level’ beers right up to those for the connoisseur.

Staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and will happily talk you through what’s on offer. The pairing of top quality Indian food and craft beers is a stroke of genius. Vegetarian food and quality beer at its best.

Chandelier by Mumtaz, Clarence Dock, Leeds.  12 May 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Chandelier by Mumtaz, Clarence Dock, Leeds. 12 May 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Chandelier

Leeds Dock 0843 487 4331

If you fancy some classic Indian food in luxurious surroundings, pop into Chandelier by Mumtaz. Always a popular choice, the restaurant in Leeds Dock was reborn as Chandelier, but still promises the same delicious food, classy decor and great service.

Everything served at Chandelier by Mumtaz is prepared and expertly cooked using the freshest ingredients and finest spices. As every dish is created from scratch, so you can have your order cooked exactly how you wish, so sit back and enjoy the opulent surroundings.

20 January 2015.......   Oliver......     Saffron Desi, Guiseley'starter: liver tikka,  TJ100675g Picture by Tony Johnson

20 January 2015....... Oliver...... Saffron Desi, Guiseley'starter: liver tikka, TJ100675g Picture by Tony Johnson

Saffron Desi

Guiseley 01943 874411

It’s not just Leeds city centre which boasts decent curry houses - this long-time favourite is usually full most evenings. It has a great atmosphere, good food and friendly staff and has built a real reputation in the city.

This is classic Indian curry, the way we like it best, with big flavours, big naans and big smiles from the staff. It’s right in the centre of Guiseley too, so there are plenty of places nearby to park and perhaps do a spot of shopping before or after. A great place to unwind, it’s also very affordable and so gets both thumbs up.

Polash

Stanningley, 0113 256 0989

OLIVER: Miah's Kitchen, York Place, Leeds. 12 July 2011.'Picture Bruce Rollinson

OLIVER: Miah's Kitchen, York Place, Leeds. 12 July 2011.'Picture Bruce Rollinson

A traditional curry house is long established in the area and offers a better than average range of dishes, not to mention great service and a fully stsocked bar. It’s also flying the flag for suburban restaurants, being located on Town Street, Stanningley. It has its own car park too, so no need to worry about where you’re going to drop the motor. Established in 1985, they have over 200 seats available.

They say: “The menu here has an array of Indian dishes, using everything from the hottest spices to the creamiest sauces... and something for everyone.”

East

Pudsey 0113 257 9991

Not so much a case of ‘style over substance’ but style AND substance. Yes, East has more swagger than a Bollywood dance routine and it’s food practically speaks for itself.

There are two East restaurants to choose from in Leeds, the first being East Bar Lounge and Grill, on Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey, the second on New Road Side, Horsforth. Both offer exquisit food and service. Venture into the Pudsey restaurant and there’s a grand piano, which is often being played, not to mention a rooftop bar where you can sip cocktails before heading downstairs.

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