Over my birthday, I went out for a lot of meals. A lot of meals. I am going to chat about my two favourite places to eat as a vegetarian in the wonderful city of Leeds.
Hansas is an amazing family-run gujarati restaurant just up North Road, and it is entirely vegetarian. Seriously, I have never seen so much choice on one menu. Usually when I eat out there are two dishes at most that I can choose between, and they usually consist of a pesto pasta and a goats cheese salad. Hansas offers a wide variety of dishes using delicious, fresh ingredients, my favourites include their Bharela Marcha (deep-fried peppers with crunchy peanut filling) and the tinda-nu-shak (pumpkin slices cooked in curry sauce).
In the photo above you can see me tucking into their delicious Paneer Special and the Pani Puri, as well as a fantastic view of Steph’s arm. The portion sizes are generous and hearty, the drinks are a good price, and the general ambiance is warm and familiar. I’ve only been a couple of times and I already feel like a regular. I recommend this restaurant to both the veggie connoisseur and those looking to try something new; it’s the perfect place to start as the staff and manager are so friendly and more than happy to talk to you about each individual dish. They also hold cookery classes and have their own cookbook stocked full of delicious recipes.
For more information see their website.
I return to Little Tokyo over and over again, because not only is their food exquisite but it also very very reasonably priced. Perfect for a broke student who craves gourmet. Again, there is a large choice for both veggies and vegans. All tofu based dishes are exquisitely cooked, the tofu is succulent and golden…really I cannot stress how tasty this tofu is. There is vegetarian soba, spring rolls, sushi, bento boxes, tofu steak, ramen, gyoza and so much more. I feel like a shonen anime protagonist whenever I eat here because I literally sit there with a minimum of 5 plates of food all to myself and eat it all at the speed of light.
Another thing I love about Little Tokyo is the decor. Smack bang in the middle of the dinning area there is a little bridge going over a pond with large koi carp swimming around beneath. There are also fake leafless trees with fairy lights suspended over tables, so it sort of feels like you are eating in an enchanted forest. Also, they play music from Studio Ghibli films as well as cheese j-pop in the background whilst you enjoy you meal. I swear I have heard some Arashi once or twice. It is a fantastic place, the food is incredible, dare I say there is something even magical about eating here.
And that concludes my little ramble about dinning out. Thanks to Ana and Steph for being such lovely table companions.