Jinnah is a small restaurant on the busy York Road in Leeds 14. Currently ranked no 1 restaurant in Leeds on Trip Advisor, this is an eatery that delivers BIG on flavour and has some of the friendliest staff I have ever being served by when visiting a restaurant.
When we walked in to the restaurant it was extremely busy and it soon became apparent that many of the diners were well loved regulars. There was a relaxed ‘family like’ atmosphere in the dining room with lots of laughter between customers and staff. We were soon comfortably seated and we were brought our drinks along with popadoms and a pickle tray to enjoy while we chose our meals. Jinnah boast a licensed bar and serve a good choice of wines, beers and liqueur coffees.
The menu at Jinnah has lots to choose from so it would be easy to return many times and try a different meal every visit. I decided on Garlic Mushrooms to start and my dining partner opted for Onion Bhajis. The starters arrived full of colour and aroma. The chef had got the balance perfect between the mushrooms and the garlic with the dish being full of flavour yet not overpowering. My dining partner was presented with a generous portion of onion bhaji’s which were crisp and tasty, served with a fresh side salad and a wedge of lemon. Both starters were fresh, light and delicious.
For our main courses we opted for the Special Tikka Rogan Josh with Chicken, and the King Prawn Agni. To accompany our mains we also ordered Garlic Naan, Vegetable Pilau, steamed rice and Saag Paneer. The Prawn Agni arrived at the table sizzling on a hot plate. There were plenty of juicy prawns all smothered in a thick tomato sauce made with garlic and ginger to a medium strength. This was soon mopped up with a large garlic and coriander naan bread which was gorgeous. It was very fresh, soft in the middle and slightly crisp on the outside. The Chicken Special Tikka Rogan Josh that my dining partner had ordered was also delicious. There was a good amount of well marinated chicken pieces in the Rogan Josh sauce which the chef had filled with flavour. The large portions of rice we ordered were perfectly cooked and the vegetable pilau was full of a wide variety of vegetables. The Saag Paneer which is one of my favourite side dishes was also lovely – small cubes of paneer cheese nestled amongst well seasoned spinach and onion. All the dishes were beautifully presented and the table was an appetising array of colour.
You certainly don’t leave Jinnah feeling hungry as the portions are all very generous. On being presented with the desert menu however, we couldn’t resist! After much deliberation I chose the Oreo Cookie Bash and my dining partner opted for the Caramel Fantastica. The deserts arrived looking as delicious as the other courses and they did not disappoint. The Caramel Fantastica was a delightful combination of caramel ice-cream, chocolate and cream. This was a refreshing and light desert, not too heavy after all the other food we had eaten. The Oreo Cookie Bash was gorgeous too. This desert was a heavenly cake with Oreo Cookies running through it – perfect for the chocolate lover such as myself!
Having now sampled the food and hospitality offered by Jinnah I can see why it is voted number 1 on Trip Advisor. The food was faultless and the staff were wonderful. If you have not dined out at Jinnah before, I highly recommend it and with their special offer for Valentine’s Day, it is the perfect time to go. They are offering a candle lit dinner with a complimentary bottle of House Wine for just £14.95 per person and are also running a promotion for their takeaway service on this special evening too. For other special occasions such as birthdays Jinnah provide a complimentary birthday cake if they are informed of the event at the time of booking. The team at Jinnah highly value their customers and this was definitely evident on our visit. This is a restaurant that likes to ‘give back’-they hold a cookery demonstration in June/July where they teach the art of authentic Indian cooking, and also hold a charity fundraiser in September. For £25 per head they provide food and entertainment such as auctions and raffles with all proceeds going to Cancer Research. This evening is very popular with customers and is always a great success. They also support the Kidney Foundation as well as local community groups. Jinnah first opened 18 years ago and they are very much a part of the local community, which I’m sure will continue for many more years to come. I will certainly be joining this ‘family’ and returning again and again!
Garlic Mushrooms – £2.95
Onion Bhaji – £2.95
Special Chicken Tikka Rogan Josh – £8.50
King Prawn Agni – £9.50
Saag Paneer – £2.75
Garlic Naan – £2.25
Garlic and Coriander Naan – £2.25
Vegetable Pilau – £2.95
Steamed Rice – £1.95
Oreo Cookie Bash – £3.25
Caramel Fantasia – £3.25
Total without drinks – £42.55
Jinnah Restaurant and Takeaway
845 York Road, Leeds. LS14 6AA
Tel: 0113 2326121 / 0113 2326266