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Akbars Restaurant

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by Bryony Smithers (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer currently reading Classical Literature and English at Leeds University. I hope you enjoy!
Published January 28th 2013
The portions are mind bogglingly huge
At the end of the Headrow, on the edges of Eastgate, Akbars is an unassuming Indian restaurant, yet when you enter you are met with the aromas of India and 3 floors of guests clamouring for their famous naans.
Unassuming exterior
delicious interior

A first timer at Akbars, I was immediately drawn to the high level of service. Although it was full, meaning we had a 10 minute wait by the bar, its popularity spoke volumes. Our waiter introduced himself, recommended dishes to avoid and sample, and despite the number of tables he was in charge of, ensured that we didn't want for anything all night.

Not only was the service impeccable but the food was just as impressive. With our whole night coming to 39, including drinks and food for two, I wasn't expecting an amazing meal, but it was just that, truly delicious. Although the menu is fairly limited, missing a few of the usual classics such as tandooris and vindaloos, if you are prepared to try something different then this Indian restaurant won't disappoint.

The layers of spice in the lamp chop and chicken tikka starters were tongue tinglingly fantastic, and the facial expression on my partner's face when he saw our neighbour's naan brought out on a 2ft metal spike was priceless! (The fact that our neighbour couldn't get enough of taking photos of it kind of said it all.)
Largest naan ever!

My main of lamb and spinach balti was spicy but bursting with flavour and, unlike your standard Indian, it was full to the brim with hunks of meat leaving you wondering how it only cost 7.95.
Classic Indian cuisine
Crammed full of lamb

Our waiter reliably informed us that one garlic naan and one rice was enough between us, which left my starving partner shell shocked, but in reality was the best advice we received all night- we never did finish the 2ft naan despite tearing hunks off it at every opportunity.

If you looking for a delicious meal in beautiful surroundings then this is the place for you!

Opening Times
Mon - Sat: 17:00 - 24:00
Sun: 17:00 - 23:30
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Why? The naans are astonishing!
When: When Indian is all you crave!
Phone: 0113 245 6566
Where: 15 Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7LY
Cost: Dependent on your hunger levels
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