Tuesday 25 August 2015

Caravanserai - A taste of the Middle East in Leeds

I have no idea how I've been working in Leeds City Centre for the last 5 years and I've only just come across this gem of a place recently. Especially given my love for Middle Eastern/Lebanese food. Thanks to Trinity Kitchen I was introduced to Caravanserai. The owner had a temporary food stall there and when I enquired about rice dishes he told me they had them at their permanent location near the Corn Exchange.

Fast forward a couple of weeks later and I finally managed to find someone to check the place out with. Tucked away just behind the Corn Exchange, Caravanserai looks pretty unassuming but a closer look finds a magical corner food stall with tempting, exotic dishes displayed behind the window. It all looked so good and I knew then I'd be making a few trips here to make my way through the menu...

We had planned to sit inside. I heard from a friend that there's a small space to eat upstairs and I was surprised to find it to be like an Aladdin's cave filled with Persian rugs, shabby chic furniture and a long communal wooden table. Who would have thought a place like this exists in Leeds?!

As for the food, for next to nothing we got a feast of succulent chicken wings, tasty Persian rice, baba ganoush, hummus, olives, spicy potatoes and warm Lebanese bread to mop up what was left of all the dips and sauces. We were even treated to fresh mint tea and my absolute favourite, Baklava.

This is a perfect place for meeting up with friends for inexpensive, delicious food. The kind of food where you're so full but you just need to keep eating! I highly recommend it if you've never been before, you'll be glad you went.

Just love

Rina xoxo

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