City Buzz: Leeds’ curry queen Hansa celebrates vegetarian restaurant’s 29th year

Hansa Dabhi, owner of Hansa's Gujarati vegetarian restaurant.
Hansa Dabhi, owner of Hansa's Gujarati vegetarian restaurant.
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THE NORTHERN Quarter may be well known for its bars but this week we’re celebrating a milestone for a hidden gem in the area.

Back in 1986 Hansa Dhabi and her husband Kishor put their house on the line to open Leeds’s first Gujarati vegetarian restaurant – and it was a gamble that paid off.

Hansa’s opened in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since.

This week the couple are celebrating the restaurant’s 29th birthday.

Ugandan-born Hansa Dabhi has since released two cook books and won a string of awards including Curry Chef of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to the Leeds Restaurant Industry.

The couple from Alwoodley also organise tours to India for their customers and give a portion of the profits from their North Street restaurant to Wheatfields Hospice and Saraswati Vidyalaya – a charity that sets up schools in remote parts of India.

What they have achieved is incredible and to stick it out so long in an ever-changing market speaks volumes.

With the new Brewdog bar opening round the corner from them soon, let’s hope it boosts their success even more.