This buzzing Yorkshire city might seem a long way from any sunny shore but the Mediterranean restaurants in Leeds set you off on a delicious taste journey. Leeds has many Mediterranean restaurants, tapas bars and coffee shops where you can recreate memories of your summer holidays. Nibble on delicate and crumbly French patisserie with your morning coffee, snack on Spanish tapas at lunchtime or dine out on the authentic tastes of Italy, Greece, Spain and more. This large city has small but well-established communities from the shores of these countries, communities that love to share their cuisine with the food they serve.
You're going to find a healthy Mediterranean diet in Leeds restaurants but why is this food so healthy? The cuisine basics are vegetables, sun-ripened fruits, pulses and cereals and beautifully aromatic olive oil. Throw in generous portions of fish, meat and cheese along with the healthy fats found in nuts and seeds and serve up with rustic bread and pasta. Brought together these ingredients deliver authentic Mediterranean food in Leeds restaurants that's delicious and nutritious.
Everyone loves pizza! This classic dish has come a long way since its roots in Napoli when it was a way of turning basic produce into tasty food, while Sicilians bring fiery flavour to their pasta with a clever use of chillis. Start your Italian city tour with sharing platters or "spuntinis" of sausage and cheese before moving onto lasagne's creamy layers of pasta and meat or the salty taste of the ocean in clam-loaded spaghetti. To finish, Tiramisu invented in Treviso or creamy Pannacotta from The Piedmont are two Italian classic desserts.
The crisp taste of Feta cheese in Greek salad and the nutty sweetness of Baklava instantly conjure up island-hopping memories while Spanish paella made the traditional way with rice from Valencia is high on the Mediterranean menus of Leeds restaurants. Tempting tapas are perfect for sharing when it's time for a break from shopping or sightseeing, while newer to the scene in Leeds' Mediterranean restaurants are the flavours of the Middle East. Hummus and falafel are fresh tastes, tajines filled with meat or vegetables are fast becoming favourites, while koftas and kebabs are classics that everybody loves.