Six of the best in Leeds: Herbivore heaven

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Last week we brought you six of the best meat-orientated restaurants in Leeds and so, to bring order to the universe, we present six of the most talked about vegetarian eateries the city has to offer

HUMPIT CORN EXCHANGE

With a menu orientated solely around humus, you might think Humpit would be a one-hit wonder. Not so, according to critics, who have heaped praise on the innovative restaurant.

They say: “A far cry from the standard hummus you can pick up in the supermarket, Humpit sells their own recipe of smooth tasty hummus with a selection of toppings, homemade fluffy pittas, falafels, salads, pickles and drinks.”

0113 234 0363

Open: Monday-Wednesday 10am-6pm, Thursaday 10am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm

GLOBAL TRIBE CLUB, SWAN STREET, LS1 6LG

Making a big splash on the Leeds indie dining scene is @GlobalTribeCafe.

They say: “Our philosophy is very simple. We serve quality, fresh and homemade vegetarian, vegan and raw food. It is important that our food is healthy and made with fine ingredients and love.

“We work with as many local suppliers as we can and aim to have as much organic food on the menu as we can.”

0113 3184289 / globaltribecafe@gmail.com

Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturdays 10am to 6pm

BUNDOBUST, MILL HILL, LS1 5DQ

A Yorkshire Evening Post Oliver Awards winner, they have been repeatedly praised for bringing something completely new to the Leeds dining scene.

They say: “Bundobust started as a collaboration between Prashad and The Sparrow Bier cafe and opened in July 2014. Bundobust is a bar that sells Indian street food with an extensive selection of the world’s best craft beer.”

01132 431248 / hello@bundobust.com

Open: 10am-11pm Monday-Thursday, noon-midnight, Friday & Saturday, noon-10pm on Sunday

ROOTS & FRUITS, GRAND ARCADE, LEEDS

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and recently under new ownership, this vegetarian and vegan café first opened its doors on November 22, 1994.

They say: “Roots and Fruits is... one of the very few places to offer an exclusively meat free menu, rather than just a token number of dishes.

“Offering diners a myriad of freshly cooked and delicious dishes, with the opportunity to bring your own alcohol for a small corkage fee.”

0113 - 2428313

Open 11am-7pm Monday-Sunday

HANSA’S GUJARATI, NORTH STREET, LEEDS, LS2 5dq

Hindus are forbidden to kill any living creature, especially for food, so vegetarianism has been a way of life from time immemorial. Over thousands of years vegetarian cookery has been developed into a delicate and precise art. The menu at Hansa’s represents a very small selection of this vast and rich culinary heritage.

They say: “The emphasis at Hansa’s is on sharing and experimenting.”

0113-2444408

Open Monday-Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday 6:30pm-11pm, Sunday noon-2pm

INKWELL SATURDAY CAFE, POTTERNEWTON LANE, LS7

Vegan-friendly with a funky interior with local artwork on the walls. Food is served by a team of volunteers.

There’s a variety of sandwiches, salads, a chickpea burger and baked goods.

Drinks include organic fair trade coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Uses vegetables and herbs from its own garden.

Supports Leeds Minds which provides services for people with mental illness. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Cash only but is said to be relatively inexpensive for those on a budget.

0113-3070108

Open Saturday 10am-4pm

PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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