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.
Tharavadu is Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma's favourite restaurant in Leeds. - Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma
Tharavadu offers plenty of interest in the vegetable department,and wines have been cannily selected to handle the spicy flavours.- The Good Food Guide 2019
One of the Best Restaurant in Leeds with an exceptional score in cooking. - Hardens Restaurant Guide 2018.
The only Indian Restaurant in Leeds to be included in the Guide this time. - Michelin Restaurant Guide 2019
Fell in love with this place. - Walking Dead Fame - Andrew Lincoln