I am a student of Leeds who unfortunately (or fortunately) has one pricey addiction: Thai cuisine. I have scoured most of Leeds to find my favourite Thai hubs, but I always stay loyal to Jino's, a small café on Otley Road, Headingley. If I am splurging and treating myself (or getting treated) then I would head to Chaophraya, a snazzy and buzzing Thai restaurant located 5 minutes from Leeds train station. More often than not though, and on my student budget, I head to Jino's Café and Takeaway in Headingley.
It is so easy to walk past this unassuming little café but trust me, if you want some of the best and cheap Thai food in Leeds, then head here. When ever I go there is always a swarm of people inside, and the crowd really is an eclectic mix of local residents, students, professionals and so many others. I came across Jino's one ordinary weekday night. After just having moved in to our new, humble abode, me and a friend were ravishingly hungry and being too lazy to cook we headed out to explore some of the restaurants around Headingley. We stumbled upon Jino's and although it looked very modest inside, we could not argue with the prices and I must admit, the fact that you could bring your own alcohol and that there was no corkage fee immediately struck our eyes.
After a quick wine-run to the local Sainsbury's, we were seated to our table quickly by the always lovely, helpful and smiling staff! We shared the Jino's mixed starter (which I always get because the peanut dip is the best thing ever) and then I had the Massaman curry. If you are having a main then I would say definitely pay a little extra for the noodles, you will not regret it! The curry was cooked to perfection, and the mains are quite big so you definitely get your money's worth! The bill came to around £24 for the two of us, which would have just bought us two starters at Chaophraya, so with perspective, we saved a hell of a lot of money. The lunchtime menu too is ridiculously good value (around £7.50 for 2 courses and a drink).
Ever since this day I have been spreading the gospel of Jino's to friends, family and everyone I encounter. Even now whilst I am living abroad for the year, my taste buds crave Jino's, and so for when I'm back at Christmas I have already scheduled in a trip!