Bundobust Leeds, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, LS1 5DQ – Visit Now
Review by Mackenzie Brook
Situated on Mill Hill in the heart of Leeds city centre, you’ll find the original incarnation of the fast-growing Bundobust, which has a site in Manchester and one coming soon to Liverpool. It’s not surprising – curry and beer is the ultimate combination. What’s not to like?
Bundobust has its own twist on the experience, serving veggie and vegan Indian street food to wash down with some amazing craft beers. It’s clearly a hit, packed with people on a Sunday afternoon. The moment anyone left, their table was filled straight away with someone else. Happily, even with it being so full, it didn’t slow the service.
Delicious paneer cheese cooked in cinnamon, fenugreek, and a red pepper and tomato sauce
Paneer Kadai is a staff curry favourite and it’s clear why. Delicious paneer cheese cooked in cinnamon, fenugreek, and a red pepper and tomato sauce, it’s an amazing blend of spices and herbs that delivers a great warming bowl of comfort food. It’s also served with bhatura – a deep fried Indian flatbread. You could eat a plate of this just on its own.
Another must-try is the Indian classic, onion bhajis. These onion, broccoli and kale bhajis are spiced with fennel and chilli and served with a tamarind and red pepper chutney – little gems of flavour. You get three bhajis in a tub with just the right amount of chutney.
The bhel puri was like nothing I had tried before, a unique and exciting dish. It is basically a deconstructed samosa, packed full of flavour. Expect smashed up samosa pastry, puffed rice, peppers, red onion and tomato and tossed in a slightly spiced tamarind chutney. This is a great dish if you aren’t hot on spice, as it just has a slight kick, perfect for these winter days.
Perfect for a quick snack and a beer, for lunch during the week, or for a group meal out
The bhaji butty is self-explanatory, and an absolute must-try. An onion, broccoli and kale bhaji in a brioche bun with desi ketchup, kachumber sambharo, red onion, paired with a coriander and green chilli chutney. This is something a little different to your standard dishes at an Indian, but you owe it to yourself to go grab one of these on your lunch break. Also, £1 of every butty sold is donated to St George’s Crypt.
The dishes are on average around £5 each, making for a pocket-friendly meal out. About two or three dishes per person is enough, working out at around £30 for a meal for two. Bundobust is perfect for a quick snack and a beer, for lunch during the week, or for a group meal out. They even do takeout, so take a few dishes back to the office and make everyone else very jealous. If you’re feeling greedy you can get every item on the menu for £80, to share between 6-8 people. Drag your friends down there this weekend – thank me later.