Korean BBQ is something that really should be tasted straight off the grill and hotplate – especially when it’s being made right in front of you on the tabletop.
Pick from locally-sourced, tasty meats and seafood sprinkled with sauces, sliced and diced to perfection and wrapped in a delicate lettuce leaf. Then load up on rice, vegetables, accompaniments and pickles (kimchi is a must) to ensure you’ve had your fill and head over to the arena to beat the queue – an easy feat, considering this place is just opposite.
Although it looks somewhat unassuming, hidden just a few streets down from the arena is the home of some of the tastiest Bento Boxes in Leeds.
It’s a strictly no-frills place, but what it lacks in fuss or fancy decor it makes up with huge portions piled high in authentic Japanese noodles, chicken gyozas with soy sauce and crab-meat bento – an honourable mention goes to the spicy yaki soba, too.
If you need a place to duck into and a stomach filled, look no further than here. It’s quickly becoming a local favourite.
For those with a taste for Indian, Bengal Brassiere on Merrion Way hits the spot. They offer authentic dishes with flavoursome twists, such as meats cooked in dry sauces and seasoned with coriander and chilli, or Bengali-prepared fish with bright vegetables.
The restaurant has become a firm favourite with vegetarians too, as meat-free cooking is a staple of Bengali cuisine, with a host of crispy onion and mushroom bhajis, Paneer Saag Korai with peppers and onion and a delicious Aloo Jeera that has many meat-eaters quickly switching camps.
This is a great place to go if you’re accompanied with a few friends or family, with its large seating capacity quickly creating a great atmosphere once the evening sets in.
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen
Placed right on the cusp of the arena quarter and northern quarter, Belgrave really needs no introduction. A cool-kids dream, you’ll find crispy pizza fresh from their in-house slice slingers the Dough Boys and Patty Smith’s Burger Co, where you can load up on Session Fries (a mountainous slab of fries, cheese sauce, chillies and bacon bits) or sink your teeth into a burger.
You can sink into one of their many armchairs and listen to whatever the DJ is spinning on the decks before heading up to the arena – which is very much a Leeds-esque experience.
Regardless of what show you’re going to see, you’ll have no trouble navigating those pre-concert hunger pains with this list. The only thing you have to worry about now is making it before the doors close!