You may have read a couple of weeks ago when my lame attempt at trying out Caravanserai was thwarted by Friends of Ham and that tasty Raclette!! Well it was still on my to visit list, so I made it my mission to go, this time with no diversions!!!
As a member of the Grubstakers I was invited to visit Caravanserai one evening and get the whole experience. I’d seen from street level the transformation of the building over the last few months, from its previous guise as Kitschen to its new look as an Ottoman street food venue. Its name inspired by the Caravanserai which would serve passers-by, travellers who were need of food and watering whilst on their travels.
Now many people know of Cafe Moor in Kirkgate Market and Moorish in Hyde Park, fallen in love with food like their chicken shawarma and falafel, well this is owner Kada’s newest venture. Found just off the main drag, around the side of the Corn Exchange, its hard to imagine being right in the middle of the city centre as it really seemed a world away. The downstairs kitchen can be seen from its street level hatch making it ideal for takeaways, but with the added extra of its upstairs private function room, it’s a great space for meetings.
We were treated to lots of refreshing mint tea, then brought a mini feast to work our way through – their popular sandwiches, made with their delicious Lebanese bread, a falafel option for vegetarians and a delicious marinated lamb for meat lovers. There were dips, tabbouleh salad and that gorgeous Lebanese bread to mop it all up with. If that wasn’t enough a generous platter of chargrilled marinated chicken and other delights also came our way. All was spot on and mouthwateringly good!!
It’s a great place to relax, to meet friends for business or pleasure and enjoy fantastic food that’s perfect for sharing! With a menu that more than caters for both meat lovers and vegetarians, it has the same charm as Cafe Moor in Kirkgate Market, but with the bonus of its upstairs dining area. It’s definitely well worth a visit to two!!
1 Crown Street
0113 234 1999