Tharavadu Indian restaurant, Leeds: a bargain vegan lunch
Tharavadu is an Indian restaurant on Mill Hill, not far from Leeds train station and just a couple of doors down from Bundobust. Whilst not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant, Tharavadu offers a number of vegan options; I’ve previously had their Vazhuthananga curry, made from aubergines, coriander seeds, onions, chilies and cashew nut sauce, and which is absolutely delicious.
For my second visit to Tharavadu I wanted to try their ‘express lunch’, served between 12 and 2 pm and comprising three curries, a side dish, rice of the day and a dosa (a fermented crepe made from rice batter and black lentils) with chutneys – all for the bargain price of £4.95.
Whilst waiting for my mini feast to arrive I had a glass of fresh juice called mazhavillu, made from strawberries, mango and kiwi. The drink looked and tasted great, though to highlight the incredible value of the food, at £3.95 it was only a quid less than the platter of curries that soon arrived at my table!
I was amazed at how much food there was for the price – three different pots of curries, a potato side dish, two kinds of chutneys, a large dish of rice, and a delicious rolled dosa bread.
The curries were spicy and flavoursome and I particularly enjoyed the one made with chickpeas. The dosa was also great, quite different to the thick and heavy naan breads usually served in Indian restaurants and ideal for dipping into the curries and chutneys.
Tharavadhu’s food is from Kerala, a state on India’s south western Malabar Coast, and the restaurant’s chefs were all born and brought up in the region, so the food is authentic. When I had lunch there were a number of customers of Indian descent, which to me is a reliable indication that the food will be authentic and good.
I was very full by the end of the meal, with the bill coming to less than £18 for the two express lunches and two fresh juices.
I’ll definitely be visiting Tharavadhu again, either in the evening to sample their aubergine curry, or during lunchtime to tuck into their bargain £4.95 platter. The restaurant is open for lunch every day except Sunday, between 12 and 2 pm, so check it out if you are a fan of authentic Indian cuisine.
7- 8 Mill Hill, Leeds, LS1 5DQ
Tel: 0113 244 0500