Review: Rola Wala, Trinity Kitchen, Leeds

Rola Wala, Trinity Kitchen, Leeds.
Rola Wala, Trinity Kitchen, Leeds.
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It started off from humble beginnings after rolling into Trinity Kitchen as one of its tasty temporary pop-up offerings.

But Rola Wala’s Indian street food with a twist has earned the London-based brand a legion of fans from across Leeds. And its popularity has been further cemented with a permanent home in the city’s vibrant flagship shopping centre.

Rola Wala co-founder Mark Wright said his travels across the sub-continent helped to provide inspiration for the tasty street food menu.

And its website bills the menu as being “the most epic Indian street food flavours possible in an eight-inch naan roll”.

It was only going to be a matter of time before I decided to sample this promise for myself.

When my lunch companion and I arrived on a bustling Saturday afternoon the eatery was certainly a feast for the eyes.

Stacked in front of the Rola Wala counter were piles of colourful pickles, chutneys, vegetables and a mountain of lemons to add extra flavour to your lunch-time creations.

Diners are given the opportunity to choose between the classic naan roll or a hot bowl with wild rice to accompany their meal.

The menu left us debating for a good few minutes over what my lunch companion and I should settle for.

I opted for the Goan pulled pork which was a slow-roasted free range pork served with a Goan-spiced flavour injection in a naan roll.

My lunch companion settled for the Bengali beef – a slow cooked beef brisket with Bengali spices in a naan roll.

Both were packed with pickles, coriander, vegetables and chutneys.

Other options included a Kashmiri chicken tikka and a signature dal made up of beetroot, coconut and channa dal cooked in Rola Wala’s nine spice masala.

There was also a tasty sounding Punjabi paneer tikka served with strips of charred paneer cheese.

The wraps were stuffed with a wonderful selection of flavours.

At one point I thought there would be a danger of over-spilling the contents of my wrap across the table.

My lunch companion was thoroughly impressed with his wrap until I offered him a sample of the Goan pork which left him envious of my lunch.

Overall our bill for two wraps and two soft drinks came in at £16.

And we left feeling like we had played out part in supporting a charity - because Rola Wala promise for every naan roll sold they will provide a school meal to a child living in poverty.