There are some pretty epic options on the Leeds noodle scenes. Whether you’re a ramen lover, a pad thai aficionado or a soba noodle superfan, you’re sure to find something authentic and delicious to fill your boots with here. Not sure where to start? Here are some of the noodle joints we go crazy pho.
There’s no shortage of noodle options at Little Tokyo, where you’ll find a great selection of classic ramen dishes as well as mouth-watering shallow stir fried versions. Try the yaki soba for that iconic soy flavour, order an udon dish for a comforting slurp-worthy snack, or play it wholesome with the yaki bucksoba, featuring brown buckwheat noodles.
Little Tokyo, 24 Central Road, Leeds LS1 6DE
Don’t be put off by the colossal menu at Senbon – it might seem overwhelming, but this place has some of the yummiest Japanese noodle dishes in town. Their traditional wok noodles are reliably delicious – try the chef special yaki chicken curry for a proper treat – or go in on one of the kitchen’s soup noodle dishes for a warming hit of homemade broth, served with everything from teriyaki chicken and spicy seafood to veggie tempura and asparagus.
Senbon Sakura, 71 Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3BR
House of Fu
One of the Headrow’s newer residents, House of Fu, serves up an epic range of ramen and noodle bowls bursting with that irresistible umami charm. Their original ramen can’t be beaten – think tonkatsu broth, shio tare and BBQ pork – but their vegan and veggie versions are great too. After something a little different? Try the seabream hiyashi chuka for a super-refreshing chilled noodle experience.
House of Fu, 15-19 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PU
Thai Aroy Dee
Eternal heavyweight of the Leeds Thai food scene and reliable favourite for authentic flavour by the bucketload, Thai Aroy Dee is the perfect place to sample a range of classic noodle dishes at their finest. Tuck into a mound of classic pad thai or pad si aew, brave the fire with a drunken pad kee mao or opt for something more adventurous with the bright pink seafood yen ta fo soup.
Thai Aroy Dee, 120-122 Vicar Lane, Leeds LS2 7NL
Those in search of irresistibly moreish noods need look no further than My Thai, whose selection of classic Thai stir fries and soups come with chicken, pork, tofu, duck, prawns, crispy chicken, beef or mixed seafood. From traditional chow mien to fragrant tom yum, there’s something to satisfy every taste bud here.
My Thai, Merrion Centre, 43 Wade Lane, Leeds LS2 8NJ
It’s been serving up fantastic noodles since 1997, and still dishes up deliciousness today. Fuji is one of our city’s OG indies, and you’ll be pleased to know it more than lives up to its reputation for authentic Japanese fare. Their ramen is something special – try the tonkotsu for indulgent, lardo-enriched broth – while the fried noodles (your choice of udon, soba or ramen style) cook up a storm too.
Fuji Hiro, 45 Wade Ln, Leeds LS2 8NJ
Take a seat in the vibrant interior of this Merrion Street gem to experience larger than life portions of fresh, authentic Vietnamese-style noodles at their best. The pho here is something special – fragrant, refreshing and served with your choice of chicken, beef, prawns, ginger tofu or portobello mushroom. In search of a lighter choice? Try one of the ‘bun’ noodle salads for a colourful dish packed with veggies, vermicelli noodles and pickled treats.
Nam Song, 57-59 New Briggate, Merrion Street, Leeds LS2 8JD
Little Bao Boy
Some of the best noods we’ve ever had were at Little Bao Boy’s pop-up laksa night, part of this year’s LIF event series. Super thick and packed with creamy, coconutty spice, each dish was bursting with the kind of flavour you don’t forget in a hurry. You won’t find them on the everyday menu at North Brewing Co, but look out for more of these very special pop-up events coming soon for your taste of stupendous noodle action.
Little Bao Boy, 3 Sovereign Square, Sovereign Street, Leeds LS1 4BA