Bundobust have never played it safe when it comes to food, and this year they are once again shining the spotlight on the humble sprout to promote their festive menu.
Bundobust is one of a handful of restaurants that always seems to be packed to the rafters, no matter what night it is, and the night we dropped in was no exception. The joint was full of work do’s and Christmas shoppers, and the atmosphere was electric as ever.
We kicked the night off with a pint of the lovely Bombay Dazzler, which is a bespoke house ale made from the guys at Northern Monk. This Indian Witbier is very drinkable, and one I’d recommend to those that usually avoid craft in favour of traditional lager.
Turns out it’s also the perfect companion to the Festive Bhajis, which arrived on a bed of desi-style cranberry chutney. Now I don’t mind a few sprouts on Christmas Day, but that’s probably the only time I ever eat them. These vegan friendly bhajis, however, are delicious. Made with onion, broccoli, and spiced with fennel, chilli and caraway seeds, you could probably serve them to a sprout hater and they wouldn’t realise what they were eating.
The Festive Curry was another delight, blending potato and winter vegetables with cinnamon, star anise, tomato and coconut curry sauce. As someone who usually eats white meat virtually every day, I’m also amazed how this place can make you forget that meat even exists.
And, whilst you won’t catch me doing Veganuary (I’ll leave that to our Designer Joanne), if I did then I reckon Bundobust would be my saviour. A strong recommend, everyone should enjoy some sprout bhajis and okra fries this Christmas.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, LS1 5DQ.
Words and photography by Fletch.