The Cat’s Pyjamas (Leeds)

I love finding new spots to have a drink and something to eat, but what I love about finding them is when you do so completely by accident. I can’t take credit for finding the Cat’s Pyjamas in Leeds, that goes to my better half Ana and, for a change, I can’t complain about this particular shopping trip of hers when she passed this place. Only a couple of days after she had snapped the food and drink menu, we found ourselves heading into town for a night out to sample both their food menu and tap list.

‘But what is the Cat’s Pyjamas?’ I hear you ask? Well, it is a string of authentic Indian restaurants in Leeds, Headingley, York and Sheffield offering both the finest Indian street food and an array of fresh craft beers too. Anyone who knows me will know that Indian is one of my favourite cuisines and if anyone mentions getting a takeaway, my mind automatically heads towards curry. But when an opportunity to sample authentic Indian street food presents itself, you simply can’t pass up on it…

Given we have done so for the past few years, it’s easy to miss where the Cat’s Pyjamas is in Leeds as it is a walk out of centre of town, sitting opposite the new Victoria Shopping Centre. It is, however, not too far away from other craft spots such as North Bar and the North Street Brewdog bar so if you are visiting, other watering holes are within easy walking distance. But should you wish to stay in the restaurant-come-bar, then you will not be disappointed that’s for sure.

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We were very fortunate when we arrived that we managed to get seated as it was very busy, managing to squeeze onto the only table available at the time. There’s a very modern yet traditional vibe within, with decor reflecting the Indian heritage and street food style of food on offer. There’s plenty of seating available, with bigger tables upstairs for larger parties, so it goes to show how busy it was given we nearly struggled to get seated.

The menu, although not extensive, has a great variety including vegetarian and vegan options and provides plenty of options for sharing dishes between you. Together we ordered the buttered chicken and potato curry for mains with sides of garlic/peshwari naan, masala chips and onion bhaji’s. To finish we opted for the mango sorbet and a portion of salted caramel ice cream. Both during and after the meal, we conceded that not only was this some of the nicest Indian food we had eaten, but some of the best altogether. I find it’s always a ringing endorsement that, should there be any left, you feel the need to ask to take leftover food back home with you which the staff kindly obliged and we polished off the remaining bhaji’s and naan later on. It must be said that the staff were really friendly too and they all seemed to have a positive vibe about them which really helped with the overall atmosphere and experience.

My meal was washed down with a half pint of Omnipresent by Kirkstall Brewery followed by another half of Day Shift by Fierce Brewery. Had we not already made plans to head over to North Bar after, I would have quite happily sat and sampled the entire tap list! As you can see from the picture above, they aren’t short of choice and it’s great to see the food and drink being paired so well together. We may have only recently discovered Cat’s Pyjamas, but it is already one of my favourite places to eat and drink. Whether it be the spot in Leeds or one of the others, we will most definitely be paying them a visit again in the near future.

Should you also wish to visit, their website can be found here and they can also be found on Facebook (The Cat’s Pyjamas), Instagram (thecatspjsuk) and Twitter (@thecatspjsuk).

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