We love curries in the UK - they're second to naan - so it's only right that National Curry Week has become one of the nation's most beloved weeks.
Taking place from October 4th - 10th and now entering its 23rd year, National Curry Week was originally designed to celebrate and support Indian restaurants and raise money for charity, with curry lovers encouraged to visit a participating curry house, buy the National Curry Week recipe book or host a curry night and donate contributions from their guests to the cause.
To celebrate this delicious event, we've compiled a list of the finest curry houses in Leeds that we think are worthy of a visit over the next week; tikka look at the top five below.
With three restaurants in Leeds and two more elsewhere in Yorkshire, the people behind Bengal Brasserie (BB) obviously know a thing or two about excellent curries.
Ranked among the best restaurants in the city by TripAdvisor reviewers, BB is famous for its fabulously prepared favourites, such as jalfrezi, tandoori chicken and vegetable biryani. Add in excellent customer service and an authentic Indian atmosphere and you're onto a winner. Check out the menu and book a table here.
The Bengal Brasserie, 5 Merrion Way, Leeds. LS2 8BT.
Arguably the trendiest curry house in Leeds, classic Kashmiri dishes are the order of the day at Mumtaz.
With jaw-droppingly high ceilings and stunning views of Leeds Dock, not for no reason was Mumtaz dubbed 'the most Instagrammable restaurant in Leeds'. But there's no shortage of substance to go with the restaurant's style - the extensive menu has something for everyone, including curry house staples like rogan-joshs and kormas, Kashmiri takes on classic Italian dishes and an extremely generous selection of desserts. Find out more information here.
Mumtaz Leeds, 1 & 2 MacKenzie House, Chadwick St, Leeds. LS10 1PJ.
Tharavadu is the only Indian restaurant in Leeds to feature in the Michelin-recommended guide but don't worry, there are no overpriced, bite-sized dishes here.
Instead, the restaurant offers a selection of Keralan specialities. While this means you won't find the likes of chicken korma on the menu, you will find the Marari Prawn Masala, an exquisite and creamy blend of garlic and seafood, in addition to a range of top quality street food and dosas which are among the best you'll find anywhere in the country. To make a booking or peruse the menu, head to their website.
Tharavadu, 7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds. LS1 5DQ.
A favourite among locals, Bundobust is a simply outstanding combination of authentic Indian street food and delicious craft beers.
"But isn't it all vegetarian?" we hear you cry. The short answer is yes, you won't find any meat here. But only a fool would let that put them off because we guarantee that even the most dedicated carnivore won't even notice. From salty Okra fries to spiced lentil curries and barbecued paneer cheese skewers, Bundobust's tapas style menu is best enjoyed with friends - you can order every item on the menu, which feeds six people, for just £78! Check out all its food and drink options here.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire. LS1 5DQ.
One of Trinity Kitchen's most popular restaurants, Rola Wala takes Indian street food and turns it on its head.
With a staggering number of dishes to choose between, including rice bowls packed with 47 ingredients, the delicious meaty and vegetarian-friendly options such as Keralan Cauliflower, Rola Wala demands repeat visits just to find out if all the dishes taste as good as they look (trust us, they do). Throw in the fact that all the spices are supplied new every week for maximum freshness and flavour and you've got a strong contender for Leeds' best restaurant. See everything it has to offer here.
Rola Wala, Trinity Kitchen, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds. LS1 5AY.
No two curry houses are the same, especially in Leeds, which has so many to choose from. So while these restaurants are some of our personal favourites, there are plenty more to try this National Curry Week. If you have any recommendations for us, let us know on our social media channels!
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