Delhi Wala Food: A New Favourite Hidden Gem in Leeds

Last week I was invited (ad) to review a new Indian street food restaurant in Leeds city centre, called Delhi Wala Food, and it turned out to be one of the best meals I've eaten in a long time. I was honestly blown away by the flavours!

Here's my review, I hope you enjoy it.

Chicken tikka and dahi puri dishes at Delhi Wala food on a review

About Delhi Wala Food, Leeds

Delhi Wala Food is an Indian street food restaurant which has opened up recently in Leeds city centre. You'll find it near Leeds train station at the bottom of Mill Hill, just down from the likes of Bundobust and Tharavadu.

It's family owned and run, and you can feel this straight away when you step into the intimate, homely restaurant with a warm welcome.

The owner and chef, Nitin Sharma, came out to greet us when we arrived at Delhi Wala Food, and he also made sure to take time between cooking to check that everyone in the restaurant was happy and having a lovely time.

Nitin clearly cares a lot about his food and restaurant, and this showed! He was born and raised in Delhi, so his food is authentic, and he's worked for many high-end hotels in India so he knows a lot about customer experience too.

The Menu at Delhi Wala Food

We visited Deli Wala Food for lunch, ate far too much and needed an afternoon nap. But every bite amazed me and I just couldn't stop! I'd had a takeaway before and really enjoyed it, but dining in was another level.

They have a large main menu, but also a smaller lunch time menu which is really good value for money and also means that you don't have to spend half of your lunch break deciding what to order.

The lunch menu includes starters (street food dishes), stuffed parathas, thai, and Indo-Chinese combos which come with both rice and potatoes.

Kebab starter at Delhi Wala Food Review

The larger, main menu includes a huge range of street food dishes, starters, curries, Indo-Chinese dishes and more.

There is also an extensive vegan menu, which is really great to know. Many of the dishes on the main menu are vegetarian anyway just because of the nature of Indian street food, but I know it will appeal to many that there's also a dedicated vegan menu.

We dined without Little Leeds Food Tours today, but I did spot the kids menu which looked great too.

What We Ate and Drank at Delhi Wala Food

 Everything we ordered was delicious, including the Aachari Chicken Tikka, the Dahi Puri and even the Indian dessert we had! This surprised me as I'm usually a chocolate-dessert-or-nothing kinda girl.

The highlights, however, were the Hara Bhara Kebab (vegetarian, can easily be made vegan), the Thali (specifically the chicken curry bit which was probably the best curry I've ever tasted) and the chilli paneer.

Thali plate at Delhi Wala Food

It was actually comical how much we both said 'mmmmm', whilst aggressively nodding, throughout these dishes.

Either the Thali or the Indo-Chinese combos (we had the chilli paneer, rice & honey potatoes one) would make a great lunch on its own.

I also had some lovely drinks. A mocktail called Delhi Ka Banta (non-alcoholic Mojito with an Indian twist) with masala spice which was so refreshing! And a mango lassi, which can you believe I've never tried before, but really enjoyed.

Holding a drink at Delhi Wala Food, that looks just like a mojito

Mango Lassi at Delhi Wala Food, being held by a hand with the restaurant in the background

I can't rave enough about this place to be honest, just loved it! Definitely a great one for vegetarians and vegans too. Go and check them out.

If you're a fan of Indian street food, you might enjoy a recent post I wrote:

Where to Eat The Best Indian Street Food in Leeds

Or to find out more about Leeds Food Tours guided & self-guided food tours (including why they make the perfect gift), have a read of this:

All You Need to Know About Leeds Food Tours

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