Some of the joys of traveling for work are the amazing places you get to visit. Such as the hot destinations of Cologne and now ... Leeds. I'm being a bit sarcastic, however, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you need to make the most of your trips.
To make the most out of my trip to Leeds, I was luckily accompanied by someone who had visited before and was able to provide a food recommendation. And what was recommended was, Akbar's restaurant.
What is Akbar's for the few (mainly Londoners who have never heard of it). Well, as the site says:
Few people embody the spirit of brilliant entrepreneurship coupled with achieving the highest standards in modern South Asian cuisine better than Shabir Hussain, the founder of the Akbars chain of restaurants.
From humble beginnings, starting with just a small 28 seat restaurant in the heart of Bradford City and through his sheer passion and determination, his culinary vision has always been to serve the very best in authentic South Asian food. His ethos has always been “anything is possible - it's just a case of how bad you want it”
I like it. Anything is possible. Based on their Family Naan (you will see below), anything is.
Before we visited Akbar's we had a networking event, so had some canapes there. This meant that when it came to ordering food, we didn't and couldn't have too much.
So, in true curry club tradition we ordered:
This ended up being too much for two adults and unfortunately there was a fair bit leftover. Especially the Naan.
A key feature of Akbar's is the Family Naan and the sheer size of it.
Bigger than my head and probably anyone else's. It comes on a strange skewer contraption and is definitely Insta worthy. This was originating back when Insta wasn't a thing too.
The food here is tasty, from the chutney tray at the start to the curry at the end. I really enjoyed the Makhani (although the waiter, seemed to suggest it was a dish for kids - as it is quite sweet), whilst the bhindi was a must have too..
The Naan, I felt look good, but was almost too big and therefore we wasted so much. If you are a large group, have it. Otherwise, don't waste the food.
GOOD TIMES: Good food, on par with similar venues in London
WATCH OUT: Eyes bigger than your belly. The food is very filling.
OMG: That Naan ------> HUGE.