Saturday, 16 October 2010

Little Tokyo, Leeds



Finding great food in a city you don't know can be a hit-and-miss experience, so when we wanted to get some dinner in Leeds, I was happy to hand over the decision to an old friend of Andy's.

He and his wife were singing in one of the Light Night events, performing the same pieces three times at different venues, so we had half an hour to grab something to eat before they were due to start their next performance. There was some talk of going to Wagamama, and then we arrived at Little Tokyo instead. And as much as I enjoy Wagamama, I'm so glad we did!

We checked before we sat down that they'd be able to serve us quickly enough, and then we just had to make a speedy decision from the huge menu card. Usually this is easy enough for me, in a land of limited vegetarian options, but this time there was so much choice that I didn't even read half of the menu. In the end we all went for bento boxes: tempura vegetables, rice, salad, fruit, and a choice of main dish. I had mine with "tofu steak", and Andy went for duck with mango.

The tofu was in a thick, savoury sauce, the tempura batter was perfectly light and crispy, and everything was clearly very fresh. It was a little bit pricey, but since I was much too full to even contemplate dessert, I think it was good value. We'd love to go back - it's just a shame it's so far from home!



9 comments:

Judy Harper said...

My mouth is drooling! It looks so delicious! I've just got to discover where is Leeds, I'm pretty sure you don't mean Leeds, Alabama!

Tabor said...

Food looks good...now I am worried about dinner.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Looks wonderful - I am so hungry now!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I'm not a very adventurous eater, but that looks delicious!

Jenny Woolf said...

Wish I liked oriental food. It sounds stupid but its one of the things putting me off going to Japan. I think I am allergic to something they put in a lot of it. That looks delicious but I know I wouldnn't have been able to eat it :)

christine said...

looks seriously tasty - and probably vegan, yay:-)

Kazzy said...

Sounds delish!

Jamie said...

OMGosh..that food looks beautiful!

:)

Kirsty said...

Aww I'm glad you liked a corner of Leeds. We eat in Little Tokyo all the time (I don't actually think it's all that expensive - our bill normally comes to about £30 for 2 bento boxes and drinks which i think is pretty reasonable) - next time you come up we'll have to go together.

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