We love the food here always. The hospitality is amazing and we're always served food with love and care. All the best to you guys. Love Anushka & Virat.
“Really a breath of fresh air” – this “very popular”Indian continues to take Leeds by storm, with the “pure and excellent tastes” of its Keralan cooking (“wonderful fish and dosas”). “Packed on a Monday night in February: says it all!”
A simple-looking restaurant with seascape murals. The extensive menu offers superbly spiced, colourful Keralan specialities and refined street food - the dosas are a hit. Service is friendly and dishes arrive swiftly.- MICHELIN guide inspectors
To the wondeful staff at Thravadu, I've only just returned from Kerala and fell in love with the place and its people. I feel the same way about this place. With Love. Andrew Lincoln
Tharavadu almost doubled its number of covers in 2018 – a sure sign that Leeds is getting a taste for Keralan cooking. Handily placed near the railway station, this is a colourful spot with a full-costume kathakali effigy by the door and folksy artefacts dotted around the no-frills dining room. The restaurant's name translates as 'ancestral home', a theme reflected in the kitchen's respect for family traditions and time-honoured recipes: South Indian seafood and vegetarian specialities are the mainstays, with puris, steamed idli (rice cakes) and dosas giving way to dishes such as njandu vattichathu (whole crab cooked in a fragrant coconut sauce) or meen pollichathu (a 'toddy shop' favourite involving spiced fish wrapped in banana leaves). Alternatively, there is chicken in a punchy black pepper sauce with cashews, and Tharavadu offers plenty of interest in the vegetable department, too. Wines have been cannily selected to handle the spicy flavours.
The Trustees of Hope Community Village Children's Home in Kerala, India wish to express their gratitude to the proprietors of Tharavadu Restaurant, Leeds for their help in our fundraising.
Over a hundred supporters enjoyed a truly splendid meal on 22nd February 2015. The event raised £2,200, largely due to the generosity of Tharavadu's owners and staff, who ran the event with efficiency and with care to ensure that all who attended enjoyed the highest quality of service and, of course, the delicious Keralan food.
With grateful thanks,
Hope Community Village
Fantastic food. Top quality. Authentic flavours from Kerala. Location is right opposite Leeds station. Closest Car parking options are Q park above BIBi's and NCP park adjacent to Chao Phraya Been to 1 Michelin star Indian restaurant in London and Tharavadu beats it by a mile. RATE THIS AS NUMBER 1 INDIAN RESTAURANT IN THE COUNTRY.
Felt very nice to find a place like this in U.K. Felt like being home.
I can't get enough",
5 of 5 stars
.. and no, that isn't a reflection on the portion sizes.. I just love this place!
Don't go along expecting a typical British Indian cuisine like you'd get in all other Leeds restaurants, as Tharavadu is a stand out individual venue serving Kerala cuisine from South India.
Don't look on the menu for jalfrezi or dhansak as you won't find it! Instead you'll find a whole range of alternative choices, with something for everyone of all tastes. Don't let this put you off going,just have a chat with the friendly team in here about what type of tastes you like and they'll be sure to give you fantastic suggestions.
Whether you're a veggie or not, I heartily recommend trying out the Chilli Paneer - or alternative was the delicious Mutta Roast, which is a boiled egg dish with a tasty sauce.
Now when it comes to the main course I'm restricted to the chicken or veggie dishes, but this doesn't leave me disappointed with choices here as there's still a great range for me - with the Kerala Kozhi Curry or Konkani Kozhi Dosha being the favourites.
The venue itself is spacious, so no matter how busy it is (and it's always packed out whenever I've attended - a testament in itself to how amazing the food & quality is) you don't feel like you're crammed in. Staff are really friendly & interested in making sure you enjoy the food - while people are still new to this Kerala tastes they're keen to make sure you get the best dish for your tastes.
It's also at a really competitive price range, so if you fancy trying something new without breaking the bank - Tharavadu is the place for you.