Last weekend we visited The Cat’s Pyjamas, Headingley’s new Indian restaurant…or should I say ‘street food’ eaterie…
I’d heard and read really good comments about The Cat’s Pyjamas from people like Harry from Borderline Badass and couldn’t wait to try it!
So we popped down last Sunday evening before going to the Cottage Road Cinema to see Spectre. Everyman was full, so thought we’d try Cottage Road for the first time…bad move trying an old cinema with not so great seats for a 2hr+ film!
But anyway, I’m rambling….back to The Cat’s Pyjamas!
Alison White, the owner, had a good chat with us while we were taking a look at the menu. She talked us through all the history (Alison runs Whites Deli in Headingley – the place where brunch dreams are made of) and what she still has planned. That girl is on fire! Like, seriously! So much get up and go! She’s a fantastic role model for women everywhere wondering if they can set up on their own. She’s done it multiple times and is so personable, happy to talk about everything that she’s been up to. The Cat’s Pyjamas has only been open a week or two and she’s planning a lot more art upstairs (it’s currently got a great industrial feel, can’t wait to see some of the graffiti she has in mind).
Small Plates at The Cat’s Pyjamas
J and I decided to order six small plates from the menu. The restaurant promotes itself as an Indian street food place. It’s quite different from Leeds City Centre’s Bundobust though, if that’s what you had in mind. The Cat’s Pyjamas is all about small plates and well, bigger plates…dessert and craft beer.
Alison brought in Alfred Prasad (famed Indian chef who has held a Michelin star for thirteen years) to mastermind the menu and train the Indian chefs in The Cat’s Pyjamas kitchen to cook the dishes.
We enjoyed some lovely Original Sin cider while we waited the short time for our food to arrive.
OK, so without further ado…the food was really tasty! I loved every single dish we ordered. The paneer tacos had a great texture, the Amritsari fish was really delicious…It was all really spot on.
The beef in the Keralan Beef Fry was lovely and tender…
My favourite was the Kolkata Chaat…it was very fresh, I described it as if Bundobust’s Samosa Chaat and Pinche Pinche’s special guacamole had a love child, this would be it. Those dishes are two favourites of mine, so to combine them is a total winner for me!
We shared a Rose Kulfi for dessert which was just lovely.
The menu is here for you to take a look at (click to open in a new tab and then click ‘open in photo viewer’ to see full size):
Get your mouth watering then book a table…or just pop down. I’d highly recommend checking them out, it’s amazing value – you’re not paying a great deal for some pretty amazing food. So glad Headingley finally has an Indian to be proud of. We move to Headingley in March. I think The Cat’s Pyjamas is quickly going to become a weekly visit for us.
You can find The Cat’s Pyjamas at 53 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3AB
Please note that our food and drink was complimentary for review purposes. All my views, as ever, are my own.