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The Good Food Guide 2019

Tharavadu almost doubled its number of covers in 2018 – a sure sign that Leeds is getting a taste for Keralan cooking. Handily placed near the railway station, this is a colourful spot with a full-costume kathakali effigy by the door and folksy artefacts dotted around the no-frills dining room. The restaurant's name translates as 'ancestral home', a theme reflected in the kitchen's respect for family traditions and time-honoured recipes: South Indian seafood and vegetarian specialities are the mainstays, with puris, steamed idli (rice cakes) and dosas giving way to dishes such as njandu vattichathu (whole crab cooked in a fragrant coconut sauce) or meen pollichathu (a 'toddy shop' favourite involving spiced fish wrapped in banana leaves). Alternatively, there is chicken in a punchy black pepper sauce with cashews, and Tharavadu offers plenty of interest in the vegetable department, too. Wines have been cannily selected to handle the spicy flavours.

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THARAVADU

7-8, Mill Hill Leeds , LS 15DQ,
United Kingdom Tel: 0113 244 0500 Email: info@tharavadurestaurants.com

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