Headingley isn’t the first area of Leeds that I think of when deciding on a place to go out for a meal. Headingley (according to me) is where you go for drinks, do an Otley run or charity shopping. Luckily this is all starting to change. The food culture is growing in Headingley, steering away from fast/pub food and bringing in more cultures.
One of these places is The Cat’s Pyjamas, an Indian street food restaurant on the top of Otley Road. Bringing street food to Headingley is a great move! Is there anything so popular in the food culture at the minute?
The Cat’s Pyjamas Restaurant
Last week, when we arrived straight after work on a Wednesday evening, the restaurant was more or less empty. Still, it looked very inviting from the outside. The colourful entrance and the tiger logo lets you know it’ll be an interesting experience.
Inside has a vibrant décor, simple but still bringing life to the venue. Upstairs, where we were seated, all walls are bare and at first that seems odd but at a second thought it makes sense. The brick wall and fairy lights in the ceiling is plenty of decoration. By the end of our meal and time for our departure, the restaurant was buzzing and all tables where full.
The Cat’s Pyjamas Menu
Alfred Prasad, who has put together the menu, is the youngest Indian chef to ever have been given a Michelin star. That fact makes coming to The Cat’s Pyjamas a lot more exciting.
We had a look at the menu a couple of days before and made orders in advance. It was really difficult to pick from the starters, they all sounded amazing. I opted for the Paneer Taco (scrambled paneer, served in wheat tacos topped with mint and chilli chutney) in the end and I did not regret that for one second, amazing flavours!
I wasn’t as amazed by the main. I usually go for a seafood/fish dish when eating curry so I ordered the Nariyal Jhinga (coconut chilli prawn curry infused with lemon grass and kafir lime leaves). I’m sad to say that this dish was only alright, nothing I would rave about. The sauce reminded me about hot chilli sauce but when I go to an awarding chefs’ restaurant, I expect more. Don’t let this scare you off, the other dishes that my colleague ate looked amazing and they all said so.
Going back, I would order loads of starters and eat them as a main, or order in all of them between two and share like tapas. If you’re looking for a vibrant and alternative restaurant in Headingley, The Cat’s Pyjamas is the place!
Have you been to The Cat’s Pyjamas? Have you got any street food restaurants to recommend?