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4.9 /6 Excellent 26 Reviews

Hansa's

City Centre Indian £££ +100
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About Hansa's

Dear diners, please note that all bookings require 24 hours notice. Please call the restaurant directly if you wish to enquire about late notice reservations. Thank you for your understanding.

Leeds is fortunate to enjoy a number of great Indian restaurants, and in Hansa’s locals benefit for one woman’s singular vision for fantastic food: authentic Gujarati flavours and a uniquely vegetarian menu. The all-woman team in the kitchen and front of house are a force to be reckoned with, and their roots on North Street stretch back to the mid 1980s – a force indeed. The can be no better spot to find the big flavours of the Gujarat portion of the subcontinent than Hansa’s.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 17:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 17:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 14:00
Hansa's, 72 - 74 North Street, LS2 7PN Leeds

Further Information

The eponymous Hansa Dabhi has been a trailblazer since she opened her North Street doors in 1986. Leeds, and frankly the rest of Yorkshire, has been benefitting from her innovative vegetarian food ever since. Dabhi blends traditional Gujarati Indian flavours with a sprinkling of influences from her childhood spent in the East of Africa. Crowned Leeds curry chef of the year in 2010 and a host of other accolades to boot has secured Hansa’s places as a mainstay in the Yorkshire dining scene.

When Hansa Dabhi opened a Gujarati, vegetarian-only restaurant on a quiet corner of North Street in Leeds, back when Thatcher was still in office, the dining scene was a different place. By now, vegetarianism is mainstream and there are plenty of places offering great veggie-friendly options, but more than 25 years ago things were completely different. It is a testament to the excellent Indian and Gujarati food and service at Hansa’s that the restaurant has not just survived, but thrived and shaped local preferences in this time. Head over to Hansa’s every evening from 5pm for excellent food and a taste of the extraordinary in Leeds.

CHEF'S CHOICE

26 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 26 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
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2 reviews so far 6
09.05.2017 20:56

Superb service and food. Whilst i am not a vegetarian, i throughly enjoyed the food and have taken people there from work on many occasions. We decided to have a selection of starters, main courses and desserts which everyone throughly enjoyed. A must visit.

2 reviews so far 6
05.05.2017 09:32

Great vegetarian Indian food. We had the Hansa’s Surprise menu for five people. We all really enjoyed the food, service and were not rushed. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
29.01.2017 10:22

Not been here for many years but the vegetarian food was as good as I remembered it. We had the "surprise menu" which great. Hope to be back sooner next time!

1 review so far 6
26.11.2016 06:28

The service was very good. Staff were polite and friendly. The food was very tasty though one of the curries (paneer-pepper) was a bit on the spicy side. Will defintely go again.

1 review so far 6
21.05.2016 10:25

Great Food,Great Service,Great Atmosphere,Tremendous Hosts. It is no suprise that Hansa's are celebrating 30 years in business every aspect of your dining experience is taken care of. Happy Birthday Hansa's.

1 review so far 6
26.01.2016 07:35

Probably like a lot of meat-eaters, I wouldn't normally consider a vegetarian restaurant as a viable option for eating out, but I'm glad I did in this case. The food was absolutely amazing. And whilst I wasn't entirely sure what the chilli paneer was, it seemed like a close proximity to chicken! But when you have food this flavoursome and interesting, the lack of meat isn't an issue. The service was excellent, the restaurant's fully licensed, good atmosphere . . . so yeah. I would definitely come back here.

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 19:16

Hadn't been to Hansa's for several years but it was still as good as we remembered it. We chose the Surprise meal for 4 and received a great selection of varied dishes . Portions were just right size for us and the Kulfi was gorgeous.

1 review so far 6
09.01.2016 07:01

Fantastic food, great service, a wonderful evening. We had Campari cocktails, Hansa's Surprise for our dinner and a very nice bottle of champagne. The food was light, spicy, well-presented and delicious. We'll definitely be returning!

1 review so far 6
22.11.2015 12:49

We had a wonderful meal (again) at Hansa's last night. 4 of us shared a vegan surprise meal which takes all the hassle out of trying to decide what to choose. Gorgeous food!

1 review so far 6
03.09.2016 13:37

Hansa's was great. Went with a vegetarian friend who persuaded me to try it. Glad I did! Thoroughly enjoyed the excellent food. The service and atmosphere were good too. Will visit again soon.

1 review so far 6
01.11.2015 11:03

Really delicious freshly cooked food! (Especially the starters...) I would highy recommend this restuarant - for not only the food, but also for it's relaxed unhurried ambience. Another big plus - no background music, so you can really enjoy a conversation with friends, because everyone can HEAR what's being said - so rare these days. Thank you Hansa for a lovely evening!

1 review so far 6
06.03.2016 10:39

A fantastic Birthday celebration - the food was absolutely superb and the staff could not do enough for you. Imaginative vegetarian cookery at its best. You must try Hansa's!!

2 reviews so far 6
26.01.2016 07:45

Food and service at Hansa's were excellent - as they always are. Wonderful fresh ingredients, cooked to perfection and presented well. Friendly, helpful waitress. A very good experience.

3 reviews so far 5
20.11.2016 09:48

Hansa's is a great family-run vegetarian Gujarati restaurant. The starters were delicious and varied and the main courses (particularly the Kenyan aubergine) was fantastic! Loved it

1 review so far 6
30.03.2016 07:43

Great food, great service, will definitely go again. Haven't been to this restaurant for several years as we moved from area but will make a special effort to go on a regular basis.

1 review so far 5
13.04.2016 08:25

Fantastic fresh cuisine and very friendly. Sharing platter for starters was superb array of tastes and can be vegan. Mains, rice and chapattis are all on the smallish side but perfectly formed and just right for my appetite.

1 review so far 6
22.10.2015 13:32

Lovely Sunday lunch buffet, full of scrummy dishes, freshly cooked poori breads replenished throughout the meal. A delightful experience and a real alternative to the traditional roast!

1 review so far 6
10.12.2015 09:07

Excellent. A wonderful buffet. The curries were so subtle. Fantastic variety. Worth our 40 mile journey. Of course it is the bread that our son really likes.

1 review so far 2
09.04.2017 21:02

The food was nice, but we went on a Sunday and hadn't been pre-warned that it was a buffet only. The buffet choice was poor, only 2 main courses and no labels on any of the food showing what each was. Also the service was poor. The server only came over to our table once without us asking. It's not somewhere I'd rush back to be honest.

1 review so far 4
15.12.2015 16:02

Food very good, having not been there for many years, but feel other places offer more for vegetarians now. A little pricey and offering a bit dated.

2 reviews so far 4
09.11.2016 13:45

Great food and a super atmosphere but the four waitresses on Saturday night (5th November 2016) really let the place down. Forgetful, harassed and unfriendly.

1 review so far 3
05.04.2017 09:51

Nice food - be careful as chillis in random salads are freakishly hot - staff kindly brought me a mango lassi to cool my mouth and lips -

1 review so far 3
29.02.2016 09:12

the rice was cold when it came out, some of the staff were pretty rude. Really disappointed as we had been looking forward to this all week :(

1 review so far 3
25.06.2017 18:52

Poor quantity of food, starters came at last, shared platter had odd numbers of articles on it, servis charge added to the bill. Not impressed