Turning to the veggie side
I've always considered myself a true carnivore, the idea of having a meal without meat was not a meal at all in my eyes. I'd always found veggie dishes pretty unfulfilling and a little boring on their own. I'm ashamed to say I even had to stop for a dirty KFC once after a vegetarian dinner out!
|"Oh, she's a meat eater" ...|
But that all changed once I got bitch slapped in the taste buds by Bundobust's all veggie dishes.
On my first visit to the Indian street food and craft beer bar, I'd picked a few small plates to share with a friend (fully expecting to be grabbing a burger shortly after) but was proven completely wrong when after sharing just 3 dishes I was 1. full and 2. extremely impressed by the flavours and immense taste that had just occurred.
I didn't miss the meat at all! And I got to try flavours together which I'd never experienced before, it really was so delicious - and that's how Bundobust became a firm favourite for me.
My top dish has always been the Massala Dosa - a rice crepe filled with potato and onion, served with a beautiful blend of lentil soup and coconut chutney (which is the best bit!).
So it's no surprise then that when Bundobust offered for me to come try out their new dishes I hastily accepted and prepared to continue my veggie love affair. Off we went to see what new surprises they had in store...
I have to say I do love the quirky decor of the place - old doors that fill the walls and long benches with the exposed brick work behind. I think the layout makes it a much more sociable hangout than other Leeds bars, as rather than sticking with your group you often get chatting with strangers. And it's ok to talk to strangers sometimes, mum and dad were wrong.
The new menu - can it contend with old favourites?
As I mentioned before the Bundobust winner for me has always been the Massala Dosa, so I was intrigued to see if it was even possible to top such a beauty. The new contenders were:
The Biryani Bhaji Balls - where Arancini meets biryani. Fried rolled rice flavoured with whole spices and rose, served in a rich tomato sauce.
The Tarka Dhal & Rice - a lentil curry served with basmati rice.
The Punjabi Kadhi - warm yoghurt soup cooked with onions, coriander seeds and ginger, served with gobi bhaji dumplings.
The Paneer & Mushroom Tikka - basically veggie kebabs! Marinated cubes of paneer cheese, mushrooms & grilled peppers on a bed of red pepper ketchup & spinach chutney.
The Chloe Bhatura - a chickpea curry in a rich onion and tomato sauce served with a buttery Indian flatbread.
Cue sexy shots of the food...
The verdict? The Biryani Bhaji Balls were an absolute winner for me, and definitely a strong contender to beat the already well established Massala Dosa. I thought the rich tomato sauce was amazing and loved how light and fluffy the bhaji balls were. Coming in second had to be the Chloe Bhatura chick pea curry - I could barely believe the flat bread was gluten free, so buttery and delicious.
For drinks we opted for warm Chai latte's (the best place to get one in Leeds in my opinion). I managed to make them look kind of godly in the pic below, and that's because they are.
What I love about Bundobust is that it's good for any time of day. Whether it's for some weekday grub (it's 2 dishes for £7 12pm-4pm), or some Friday/Saturday night drinks with mates, or even a Sunday chill out with a book and a Chai latte - it's just a good place to be. You can even be really lazy and get the Bundobust experience from your living room as they're now on Deliveroo!
What are your thoughts? Are you a Bundobust lover?
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