You probably have a foodie friend as well. One of those guys/girls who can't help but compare the food their having to other food they had somewhere else. The perpetual impossible to please.
If you do though (and they're not totally without hope), you'll know the pleasure of finding a place that knocks their socks off and forces them to admit, "this is good."
Corner Cafe, i am happy to report, is one of those places. My friendly curry expert was totally blown away by the food (as was i).
My first piece of practical advice. Book ahead. I called at 9am on the day and couldn't find a seat for 2 earlier than 8pm. Corner Cafe is only a little venue, its intimacy and warmth is part of the charm, but it does mean space is at a premium.
Once there you'll find (as i did), friendly staff willing to walk you through a fairly dizzying array of menu items. I had pretty much an entirely new experience, ordering foods i'd never heard of, and all of it turned out well. The portions are perfectly balanced (though if you intend to order naan bring an appetite, the thing was a mammoth!). The food is well made and frankly delicious.
The price was also right we felt. Oh and get a jug of lassi its ace!!
I really can't speak highly enough of it and neither could my friend. I can see it becoming my ace in the hole whenever i have friends over. Especially given its proximity to town.
That leads me a little to my last piece of practical advice: perhaps take the bus. Parking is sparse along burley road but the bus stop is a minute walk from the cafe (you can see it when you get off). The no.49 (and any other bus that runs that route) will take you right to the town hall and more bars (or the cinema or really anywhere you want to go and continue a, by now, brilliant night).
To sum: Go, its worth it, the hype was right, you'll love every minute. But its not a best kept secret any more so be sure to book ahead :-)
What a hidden gem of a restaurant this place is! I have been meaning to go for months after seeing some great reviews on Yelp, and last month we finally managed to go! (No excuse, we only live in Kirkstall!)
So glad we ventured here and we will be back! Booking essential, especially on a weekend, and fortunately we did! We couldn't' get in until 9pm, but for us that's fine. We had a few post work/uni drinks first in Leeds and then headed down. Only a few mins away on the 49/50/50A or 19, or you could even walk it from town. We were greated by a really friendly barman and quickly had drinks in our hands whilst we waited only for a short time for our table to be ready.
It's worth pointing out half of their menu is dedicated to vegetarian food and we were truly spoiled for choice! The waitress was really helpful and helped me to decided on a dish as I am not used to being spoiled for choice.
Food was great, really tasty, though the pickle tray let them down a little. Every mouthful of the starters and mains was a delight. We over ordered and they were happy to pack up our left overs to take home! I will over order next time simply so I can take some home again!
Prices were incredible, such good value! And the service was great, so friendly and helpful, and although it was late when we got there by no means we were rushed at all.
We will definitely return, and have already recommended it to countless people!
So, I've finally had the pleasure. After many a moon of folks telling me this off-the-beaten-track gem is worth seeking out, opportunity knocked this Tuesday when a friend chose to have her birthday meal here. I have to admit, as soon as I saw the location I was delighted. It's no more than a 15 minute walk or so from Hyde Park, so easily navigate-able, and stands proudly on the corner.
Once you get inside the warmth of the place (literally) and the staff greet you immediately. We were something like 20 strong, and had to wait for a table to finish before we could sit, so stood a bit awkwardly in the entrance - not that it was CC's fault, but as a group there's not quite room in the waiting area. I've heard that in times gone by they'd send folks over to the pub across the road in that kind of scenario, but that has been turned into a Tesco Metro. Sad times.
We didn't wait long though, and soon enough piled into our seats. The waitresses kept us well watered with water and drinks orders throughout the night, which was a great touch. I wasn't boozing so particularly appreciated fresh water being replenished without having to ask. As we were a big group, the put on a set meal for that, and so first came a selection of dips and poppadoms. I wasn't a huge fan of the yoghurt dips, as they were a bit tart, but that's just me - everyone else adored them. As well as regular poppadoms we also had cumin seed ones.
Next up came starters, which consisted of various battered delicious bites, and some minced lamb kebab type bits of meat, and tikka chicken pieces. All of those were excellent. In particular I liked the battered potato and tikka chicken - it was cooked to perfection and not in the least bit dry.
Lastly came the mains. We had a selection of about 10 different dishes, maybe more, and all dived in. You guys, these were the kiddy. This was the one. So, in the end I only tried a few dishes before feeling utterly stuffed, but I had a lamb and mushroom dish, medium spiced, in a red (tomato?) sauce. A chicken and mushroom, which wasn't quite a korma, but had a delicious flavour and cream based sauce. Those two were the stand out for me, but we had all kinds of veggie, spicy, and other going on. Not a bite was disappointing. All freshly made.
And the naan?! Sugary! I can't tell you how much this made sense once you mixed it with the curry. Just trust me and go with it.
Basically, I've found a new favourite in this family restaurant. Why not five stars? Well, I've only been once, so ought to go again just to be sure. But every bit of this is fantastic. It's not fancy, but it's cosy, the staff are amongst the friendliest I've experienced in Leeds, and the food is exquisite. Oh - and the price? £15/head for that banquet!
Wow. I wish I had six stars to award to Corner Café. Having heard about it for literally years, I finally went last night for the first time. The food was wonderful, you won't be disappointed, especially with the extensive vegetarian menu (and being a vegan, this was hugely impressive). But it's the absolute friendliness of the staff, at all times and in all circumstances, that stands out about Corner Café. It is obviously a local institution and a labour of love for all involved.
The menu uses a lot of traditional terms for foods, but there is a "cheat sheet" which they give you with the menu. I had a wonderful mixed vegetable shola and my companion had an okra shimla. Both superb, the okra was the best I've had. And we shared a samosa starter which was, frankly, huge! It was puffy like a puri might be, and beautiful. They also have a nice beer list, some bottled ales, and they even ask whether you'd like it chilled or room temperature!
I'll definitely be going back soon, and probably many times. Here's to hoping great local establishments like Corner Café are with us for a long time to come.
Just a 10/15 min walk out of the city centre is the most lovely Corner Cafe, serving some amazing modern Indian food.
We went along for a banquet option, and although I could almost say we started off with the usual poppadoms & pickles this wouldn't actually be true! The poppadoms were made with lentil flour so were totally Gluten Free and tasted delicious!
Following this we were served with a very generous mixed starter including onion bhaji, mushroom and potato pakoras, shami kebab & chicken tikka - all tasting amazing!
Then onto the mains, as much of a squeeze as it was to find room for them, we had a wide selection of different curry dishes (with my personal favourite of chicken & mushroom) and the lamb dish was cooked to perfection.
Not only was the food impressive, but the personal attention from Kate when we arrived and the friendly waiting staff all made the meal really enjoyable.. and finally rounded off by a visit from the chef & co owner Karim dropped by the tables for a chat.
I'll be back here as often as I can!
I was treated to a meal at Corner Cafe for my anniversary and what a lovely meal it was! The curries are gorgeous and you can choose how spicy you want each of them (for all you chilli-wusses out there). The peshwari nan has already been mentioned in other reviews and I would definitely recommend trying one of these - they have honey on them so you get that edge of sweetness rather than feeling like you might develop diabetes from your nan bread! I was quite disappointed we didn't have room for pudding but judging by the rest of the food I expect they will also be delicious and will certainly try and pace myself next time we go so I can try one.
All of the staff were extremely friendly and could not have done more to make sure we had a great experience there. The curries are a little more than you might pay at some of the more standard curry houses but not by that much and it is totally worth paying the extra couple of quid. Great atmosphere, great food, great service... what more can you ask for?
The Corner Cafe has a bit of a history in Leeds. Once upon a time the premises housed a bank, before being re-purposed as a family-run Indian restaurant. After having its place taken by the (strangely-named) India The Restaurant for a while it re-opened a few years ago under the guidance of the original owners' son. The history, while perhaps not directly relevant to your culinary experience, shows that there's a lot of love that goes into the running of The Corner Cafe.
The restaurant might be a little more expensive than the likes of Nafee's and 7 Spices, and it's menu isn't quite so extensive, but this is more than made up for by the obvious care that goes into each dish. I can particularly recommend the less-traditional Kofta and Egg, but everything down to the staple curry dishes has something rich and tasty to offer your taste buds.
The venue's design strays from the usual Indian décor of curry houses such as The Sheesh Mahal, featuring a warm, modern look complete with just enough of a traditional touch to let you know that something spicy's on the menu.
The service is always friendly and by your third or fourth visit the husband and wife proprietors will probably start to recognise you. They don't have a license for alcohol, but you're more than welcome to bring your own drinks or order from the Queen Hotel just across the road.
What a fabulous little find this place was! We were looking for some good food close to the Brudenell Social Club and a quick browse on google maps brought the Corner Cafe to my attention. After a read through of the reviews on Yelp decided to give it a try and am really pleased we did. Great service, great food - best vegetarian selection I have ever seen outside India. There were no complaints form any of our party just lots of empty plates. My mixed Dall was delicious, others in the party ate Lamb dishes which I'm told were equally delicious.The wine was great too and reasonably priced. We will return!
Just thinking of The Corner Cafe makes my mouth water - the delicious, melt in the mouth mutton in (my personal favourite) the creamy korma ... It only gets better with the peshwari naan (topped with crushed pistachios and lightly glazed with honey). Outside of London (well matched by only Tayyabs in Whitehall) this is the best Indian food I've ever eaten. The Corner Cafe does now have a license to sell alcohol (always a great selection from local breweries). Oh and if you have room left in your tummy once you've finished your mains the selection of homemade kulfi is definitely worth a try. The atmopshere is always warm and extremely friendly.
Famous for bhunas and shimlas and, for me personally the peshwari naan, this is an excellent place to dine on Indian cuisine. Slightly more expensive than places such as '7 spices'yet utterly justified in this. You can really taste the difference between dishes with many flavours coming through so you don't feel like you have the same gravy with more or less chilly in it no matter what you order. The added special touch comes from the husband and wife owners who greet you with a warm welcome.
If you do nothing else in Leeds, go to The Corner Cafe. It's something of an institution, dating back to the mid-seventies, when it was a good, wholesome and no-nonsense curry house, well-known for the unusual twists on traditional dishes and extensive selection of vegetarian and meat dishes.
Today, the Corner Cafe lives on in a smart environment, an ex-bank, with friendly and helpful staff who serve food that is mind-blowingly delicious. I've never had vegetable pakora that are anywhere near as good as The Corner Cafe's. The dishes, handed down from father to son, represent a distinct fusion of Indian and British ingredients, all freshly prepared and individually spiced. Stuffed prathas are a must.
Prices are extremely reasonable for such excellent quality. It works out at about £14 per head.
The distinctive menu, just like the original Seventies one, has meat dishes on one side and veggie on the other. Also, just like the original Corner Cafe, you can take your own wine or just pop next door to the pub and bring your pint over to the restaurant. How brilliant is that!
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