Now Bundobust are a staple to the north, starting in Leeds, their vegetarian Indian street food is so moreish. The success has moved them into Manchester as well as lots of fun collabs with other businesses. The other week I sent Dr C to check out the new menu at Bundobust Leeds.
Over to Dr C… I should start by admitting that I’ve not properly tasted anything from the Bundobust menu, a travesty I’m sure you’ll agree. When I have eaten here before was actually with Miss Pond as part of a brunch collab with Laynes Espresso as part of Leeds Indie Food Fest. The food was fantastic then, so when the offer to try out the new dishes popped into my inbox I couldn’t say no.
We both grabbed a drink whilst we waited on our food being served to us. I went with the house pale ale, and Jo with the house red wine – both of which were actually great. Our server said that we’d be testing our 7 dishes in total, and thought that was just about the right amount for two hungry people. We didn’t have long to wait – the food came super quick and was pipping hot. We didn’t eat anything in a particular order, but let the smells and sights guide us in where our next delicious mouthful was coming from and so onto the food…
Onion, Broccoli and Kale Bhajis (£4.00 for 3)
These were amongst some of the best bhajis that I’ve eaten. Big in size, and big in flavour. They’re seasoned with fennel and chilli and served with a tamarind chutney. This chutney was the perfect accompaniment to these big balls of flavour! We both really enjoyed these!
Bhel Puri (£4.50)
From what I can make out on the menu this is not a completely new dish, but a new recipe and I am so happy that we got to have it on the night. Both Jo and I completely agree that this was the stand out dish of the night for us. It might seem like a gloriously simple dish of puffed rice, samosa pastry, peas, onion in tomato tossed in tamarind chutney, but what make this a standout is the texture and the zingy pop of pomegranate. A firm favourite for both of us.
Gobi Mushroom Manchurian (£5.00)
Reading the description for this dish I wasn’t exactly super keen to try it “Mushroom and Cauliflower pakoras slathered in an Indo-Chinese sauce”, but how wrong I was. Fluffy and light perfectly cooked pakoras were coated in a delicious almost sweet and sour texture sauce but packing bit indian spices. I really loved this, Jo wasn’t quite as keen, but definitely one I’d order again.
Raghda Pethis (£5.00)
“India meets the North of England” is the tagline on this dish, and it’s certainly a pretty apt description and it might’ve been an innovation too far for me. Indian spiced mushy peas (yep you read that right mushy peas) and potato cake were topped with turmeric noodles, onion and tomato. While I didn’t hate this dish, I just couldn’t get away from it being mushy peas. Perfectly cooked mushy peas, but mushy peas in the wrong setting for me.
Chole Saag (£6.25)
One of the curry dishes on the menu. A spin on the traditional masala, made with chickpeas and spinach. It’s a very brown dish, and I really didn’t expect it to have the depth of flavour that it had. It packed a wonderful punch of flavour and didn’t just go for out and out heat. It was served with delicious puri bread on the side. We dispensed with the cutlery and opted to just scoop this up with the moreish puri bread. Definitely one we’d both order again!
Paneer Kadi (£6.50)
I never used too, but now I adore paneer, so I was super excited to give this one a try. This one certainly caught out eyes first when it came to the table, it had such a bright deep coloured sauce I couldn’t wait to dig in. The sauce was flavoured with cinnamon, red pepper, fenugreek and tomato and was delightful. Again, we ditched the cutlery and ate this up with the delicious bhatura bread.
Pav Bhaji (£6.50)
And onto the last dish the we reviewed, the Pav Bhaji. I’ve still got some mixed feeling about this one. The mashed cauliflower, potato and peas all flavoured with garam masala were absolutely delicious and moreish and something I’d happily eat right now! The spiced brioche bun was amazing, and made me think back to the brunch that Miss Pond and I enjoyed before. Together however it was just a little bit too stodgy for me – I’m not the biggest fan of carbs on carbs. In saying that I can see how the flavours worked, it was just to much for us.
I had such a great evening getting to check out the new menu at Bundobust, and it made me realise just how little you can miss meat in a dish when it’s as packed full of flavour as it is here! I am super indecisive, so in that we were only being served the new dishes was a blessing in disguise for me. Looking at the full menu, I could’ve easily order one of everything just to give it a taste – and that’s totally an option on the menu, the “Bundo Combo” – every dish on the menu for the total of £80 – perfect for sharing with a large group of friends!
Have you been to Bundobust before? What would you order? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Thanks to Bundobust for inviting Dr C down. As ever all words, photos and opinions are her own.
P.P.S. Bundobust is located at 6 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ and 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG.