I had heard great things about the Cats Pyjamas in Headingley and despite being a massive curry fan I hadn’t managed to visit it myself.
When they branched out and opened a city centre restaurant I knew I had to give it a go. Located on Eastgate, the restaurant is split across two floors, with a restaurant on the ground floor and more of a bar area upstairs.
We sat downstairs and as soon as I looked at the menu I realised it was one of those places that I would have ordered everything off the menu given the chance. Before taking a stab at the food menu I set about picking a beer, with a wide selection of bottled beers and a number of guest beers on offer there is something for everyone. In the end I was pretty boring and settled for a pint of Kingfisher, priced at £4.30, not awful for a pint in city centre.
After ordering drinks we set about tackling the food menu, there was a mix of old Indian favourites as well as a few unique creations, all with a street food twist.
We opted for poppadoms and a chutney tray to start followed by a number of dishes to share. From the starter menu we chose onion bhajis, Kolkata chaat, chicken 65 and a chicken tikka massala main with pilau rice and a peshwari naan.
The portions size are very generous and the flavours of each dish seemed better than the last. Either everything at Cats Pyjamas is really good or we ordered very very well, all of our dishes tasted absolutely amazing.
I won’t bore you with individual reviews of all our dishes but I have picked a couple of my favourites.
I chose this as I fancied trying something different and was not left disappointed. Chaat is one of the most popular street foods in India and this take on the chickpea salad was packed full of varied textures and flavours. For something a little different I would definitely recommend ordering this.
Again I didn’t order this based on past experience, I was obviously in the mood to broaden my horizons. The crispy fried chicken was absolutely delicious, with chilli and ginger I feel you are always on to a winning formula and I was left wanting more.
I know I’ve only picked a couple of dishes here but I can assure you that it all tasted amazing. Even the rice and bread went above and beyond the usual flavours you would expect.
I know I will be going back and urge you visit if you haven’t been already. Next on the list for me is Bundobust, can’t believe I’ve lived in Leeds for over a year and still not visited.
Let me know your favourite Indian in Leeds, I’m always on the look out for a new venue to try.