Best Chinese Restaurants in Leeds

By Leeds Credit Union
31/01/2022

According to market research company YouGov, the UK's favourite takeaway option is Chinese, with one in four respondents choosing the likes of sweet and sour chicken or Peking duck over a pizza or an Indian.

This year, Chinese New Year takes place on Tuesday, February 1st (the celebration coincides with the traditional lunar calendar, meaning the date changes every year). In honour of the occasion, we've taken it upon ourselves to draw up a list of the best Chinese eateries in and around Leeds, from local takeaways to classy restaurants. Whether you fancy fried rice, crave crispy beef or go nuts for noodles, we've got you covered.

Red Chilli

An elegant, 1920s-inspired restaurant situated in the heart of Leeds city centre and just a short walk from the train station, Red Chilli has one of the most extensive menus you're ever likely to see.

Although you'll find everything you'd expect from a modern Chinese restaurant, it's the traditional dishes that make Red Chilli so special - adventurous eaters who like their food a little fiery should check out the griddle-cooked frog's legs with onion and red pepper in chilli sauce, while everyone except vegetarians should try the incredible steamed pork belly coated with crumbled sticky rice at least once.

Reasonably priced and perfect for any occasion, Red Chilli is one of Leeds' best restaurants. Take a look at the entire menu or make a booking here.

Red Chilli, 6 Great George Street, Leeds. LS1 3DW.

Home

A favourite among Leeds' Chinese student population, Home offers a truly authentic Chinese experience.

With its focus on the hustle and bustle of daily life rather than trying to wow its patrons with jaw-dropping decor, a visit to this one-room restaurant evokes the feeling of wandering through one of Shanghai's busy markets, surrounded by the incredible sights and smells of its famous street food stalls.

With both regional and Westernised dishes coming out of the kitchen at a fantastic rate, the menu caters for everyone and is the perfect place to grab a quick bite on the go or for a filling meal when you're pushed for time. A word of warning though - when the menu describes a dish as 'spicy', it's not joking…

Home, 7 Back Blenheim Terrace, Leeds. LS2 9HZ.

Crown Chinese

Fans of the all-you-can-eat buffet have had a particularly tough time in the last couple of years, with social distancing measures making them an impossibility. Now, however, Crown Chinese has worked out a way to safely reintroduce them…

OK, full disclosure - the term 'buffet' is actually a little inaccurate here. Gone are the days of everyone stampeding their way to a huge central table and helping themselves to the food in a mad scrum. Instead, customers have an extremely generous two hours to order whatever they like from the buffet menu - and in whatever quantity; the food is then served freshly cooked to your table.

Perfect for larger groups or families, if you love a fun dining experience - not to mention getting your money's worth - Crown Chinese is the place to go.

Crown Chinese, Gower Street, Leeds. LS2 7PX.

Tattu

When only the best is good enough, take a trip to Tattu, where amazing food and gorgeous surroundings combine to create an unforgettable night out.

Although it may not look like much from the outside, the restaurant's modern interior is simply stunning, with the jewel in its crown an enormous cherry blossom tree that dominates much of the dining area.

And anyone worrying that it could be a case of style over substance can relax - the food is every bit as impressive, with the braised lamb steamed buns, fillet steak and caramel soy and green pepper lobster all raising the bar for every other Chinese restaurant. You get what you pay for, of course, and meals at Tattu don't come cheap but for a special occasion, it's worth every penny. 

Tattu, 29 East Parade, Minerva House, Leeds. LS1 5PS.

Mans Market

If you're looking for a modern twist on some classic Chinese grub, why not give Mans Market a try? Inspired by Hong Kong's thriving food scene, it offers fabulous food in a quirky, vibrant setting.

Although sharing is the name of the game here - with a large variety of dim sum dishes, sharing pans, sides and brunch boxes accounting for the bulk of the menu - only a fool would overlook the veggie chow mein or the braised barbecue pork with caramelised soy onion bao buns. A fun and filling Chinese experience, Mans is guaranteed to put a spring (roll) in your step.

Mans Market, Unit F, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds. LS1 4JJ.

Happy New Year!

Although we'd be happy to eat at any of the restaurants on this list for the whole of 2022, we know there are dozens of others that are just as worthy of a visit - feel free to tell us about your favourite on our social media channels!