Wondering where to eat in Leeds? These are the cuisines to enjoy and the places to eat this summer. From Italian and Indian to Japanese and American, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Victoria Leeds that are giving us all the holiday food vibes!
From pasta to pizza and everything in between, we’re all obsessed with Italian food and its simple yet bursting-with-flavour dishes. The Italian cuisine has it all…
Thanks to the Italian’s love of endless courses, you can sit back and spend the afternoon tucking into everything – from the primo to the dolce and even a digestive con caffè. Famed for its shareable antipasto, a mix of dry-cured meats like prosciutto and an assortment of cheese such as nutty Gorgonzola, you can’t talk about Italian food without mentioning something sweeter too: gelato!
A much-loved Italian dessert that dates back to earlier than the 17th century, gelato isn’t just your average ice cream. It’s widely adored because of the way it’s made. It has lower fat levels, which makes it melt in your mouth faster, and it’s churned at a slower rate to give it its distinctive (and addictive) taste.
Try this at Amorino: A classic cono with gelato flower – choose from flavours like chocolate, passion fruit and pistachio
In traditional Japanese cuisine each dish tends to follow the rule of five: five colours (black, white, red, yellow, green), five techniques (raw, grilled, boiled, fried and steamed) and five flavours (bitter, salty, sweet, spicy and sour). Also known as washoku, this way of cooking ensures every dish is varied and balanced.
When it comes to modern Japanese food you can expect to see some of these traditional cooking qualities in your dishes: perfectly presented delicate sushi and sashimi salmon which almost looks too good to eat, sweet and sticky mochi (a Japanese rice cake), thick and silky udon noodles, irresistible gyozas, and crispy tempura prawns.
Try this at Issho: Prawn and vegetable tempura
Indian food is packed with tradition and wildly loved and celebrated around the globe. The cuisine is heavily influenced by regions, meaning you get vastly different dishes depending on where you are in the country.
The north celebrates rich dishes like tandoori chicken and tikka masala. The east is known for desserts including their creamy rice pudding called kheer, while fish curries are enjoyed in the west. Then there’s the south, where you can discover stew-style curries such as Keralan-style beef.
Try this at The Ivy: Sweet potato Keralan curry with chickpeas, broccoli, coriander, coconut, chilli and jasmine rice
Famed for its comforting classics like clam chowder, apple pie and grits (kind of like porridge but made with boiled corn), alongside its supersized hamburgers, barbecue grills and ‘pizza pies’ (thick or thin crust, depending where you are) – when it comes to American food it’s definitely a case of go big or go home!
If New York’s your dream destination, then what better dish than the famous New York cheesecake, known for its rich and dense texture. Or if the deep south is more your vibe then Cajun/Creole-inspired jambalaya (one pot chicken, sausage, shrimp and rice) would definitely tantalise your tastebuds!
Try this at East 59th: The East 59th hamburger with 4oz beef patty, brioche bun, jalapeño and tomato relish, lettuce, garlic mayo, red onion, pickle and skinny fries