Review: Bundobust, Leeds city centre

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AFTER opening on Mill Hill last year, Bundobust has already gained a loyal following.

And it’s not surprising – after all, what’s not to like? Curry and beer is a winning combination.

But Bundobust has put its own twist on the experience, serving street food-style veggie curry and washing it all down with some of the best craft beers around.

It’s clearly proved a hit, as it’s absolutely packed with people when we visit on a Tuesday night.


We manage to grab a couple of bar stools near the front, overlooking the lower seating area with views onto the street.

The modern decor with exposed brick and rust-coloured pillars is minimalist without being uninviting, and keeps an element of warmth.

There is an outdoor seating and smoking area at the back of the venue, where you can sit and enjoy a meal if you snuggle up next to one of the many heaters.

The menu has recently changed, with some of the old favourites mixed in with some unusual new combinations and festive additions.

There are a range of small plates priced from £3.50 to £6, including okra fries, idli sambhar (lentil soup with aubergine and rice dumpings) and chloe batura (chickpeas in a tomato sauce served with flatbread).

We go for the ‘combo for two’, at £25, and place our order at the bar.

For £12.50 each, you get bundo chaat, onion gobi bhaji bhaji, paneer and mushroom tikka, tarka dhal and massala dosa to share.

Needless to say, it’s a great deal.

The bundo chaat is served cold – a surprise to us both – but was one of the best dishes.

The samosa pastry is light and the chickpeas and potato well seasoned and the yogurt adding a light lift to the dish.

Another star of the show is the new paneer and mushroom tikka.

Marinated in yogurt and tikka massala with a red pepper ketchup and spinach chutney, it is a well thought-out and faultless dish.

The rice crepe filled with potato and onion as part of the massala dosa was a hit too, but the lentil soup was a little on the watery side and wasn’t the best choice if you’re sharing.

With two glasses of wine and two soft drinks, the bill came to around £20 each – not bad considering the flavour-packed feast we had just enjoyed.

Consistently coming up with new creations, this little gem on Mill Hill is finding the right balance between attracting new customers whilst retaining its loyal fanbase.

It’s impressive that the restaurant has found such success after just a year of business and we’re sure it will be around for many years to come.

Rating: 4/5