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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.
I was the first guest in and I was made to feel really welcome and sat by the window.
Amazing starters, best Indian food I've eaten out. Excellent service also
We went, we ate, we left. Nice food, lovely atmosphere, great service.
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.