Tasty new restaurant opens in Leeds city centre

Kada Bendaha opens Caravanserai with son Djamel. Pic: Scott Merrylees.
Kada Bendaha opens Caravanserai with son Djamel. Pic: Scott Merrylees.
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A TASTY new eatery is set to attract festival fans and foodies alike.

Caravanserai opened next to the Corn Exchange yesterday and is run by street food expert Kada Bendaha, who has bagged awards including ‘Best Food’ at Glastonbury.

Kada Bendaha.

Kada Bendaha.

The family-run restaurant offers North African and Middle Eastern street food (think falafel, shawarma, mezze and juicy, barbecued meat).

The building actually looks like a traditional caravan from the outside, as it takes inspiration from caravanserais that provided entertainment and food to travellers in the Middle East centuries ago.

If you fancy checking it out, there’s a small private seating area upstairs, which requires prior booking, and tasty lunch food to takeaway such as the legendary Moorish Burger.

City Buzz got the chance to meet father-of-three Kada, who clearly has a great passion for Leeds and the city’s food scene and uses local produce wherever possible.

He said: “My ancestors were Moors and these are my roots so it’s amazing to revive and recreate it for other people.”

Kada used to work as a chef in Paris before opening Moorish in Hyde Park and Cafe Moor at Kirkgate Market, which is now run by his son Djamel.

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