Tucked away on York Place, just a few minutes away from Leeds Station, is the sophisticated and contemporary Miah’s Kitchen. Behind the door of a smart townhouse it looks like a seriously expensive restaurant but is in fact some of the best value Indian food you will find in any city and that is before you take the quality and polish into account.
A contemporary space, all clean lines and sharp edged geometrics, the room is flooded with daylight from a vast central skylight. Polished flooring, bare tables and good use of mirrors lends a glossy polished tone whilst large abstract paintings blend in perfectly with the colour scheme, bringing a sense of calm and uniting the design as a whole. This is a seriously stylish interior that is matched by the menu and the fresh food that it conveys.
Well known classic Indian dishes and some interesting specials
Suitable for all tastes, the menu at Miah’s Kitchen hosts enough of the well known classics to ease the mind of less adventurous eaters. Alongside you will find, for starter, rashmi kebab; a shammi kebab rolled in an omelette. Gosht kebab is shredded roast lamb and garlic wrapped in soft Indian bread or hari lal is sliced chicken tikka spiced with turmeric and stir fried with onions, green peppers, mushrooms and coriander. When eating Indian food in a restaurant it can often be prudent to go for the drier dishes, as these dishes are generally prepared directly to order and the flavours will stand out. There is far less chance of running into the catch all sauce that some establishments tend to offer. Not that you are likely to encounter that here; this is food of the first order.
The main course specials include Bengal bhindi, a medium hot dish of fresh okra with prawns, onions, tomatoes and coriander or tikka lembu that is an aromatic dish prepared with authentic Bangladeshi lemons. Ginger chicken with fresh ginger, garlic, onions and pepper also stands out as a good choice.
There is a good selection of proper Indian desserts including rajjaka halwa, a warm dish of spiced carrot with sultanas and nuts. If you have never had an Indian sweet with carrot I can thoroughly recommend it; the spices combined with the sweetness of the carrot have all the comforting flavours of Christmas pudding.
View the full menu online
Miah’s Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner 6 days a week with only a lunch service on Sundays. I believe I may have mentioned the incredible cost of dining here; with starters at around £3.25, mains for roughly £8.95 and sides or desserts at £2.95 you can enjoy a vast and varied meal for under £20.00 per head; eating only a starter and a main would be roughly £12.00 which borders on ridiculous. Take a look at the full menu and the impressive interiors on the Go dine site and see why I find this so incredulous. If Indian food is not to your liking then we have many other restaurants in Leeds to show you.