There are various different schools of thought regarding what heralds the beginning of the Christmas festive season, whether it’s when you’ve opened the first door of your advent calendar or have heard the first notes of Wham’s Last Christmas come on the radio. Here are at the offices of EatDrinkYorkshire, however, we know that it’s time to start getting into the Christmas spirit once Sprout Bhajis have returned to the menu of Indian street food gurus: Bundobust in Leeds.
This year they are back in style – bringing an iconic combination of Brussels sprouts, broccoli, onion, fennel and chilli, all served with a dollop of festival cranberry chutney. But that’s not all, as extra-hungry diners can even take their bhaji experience to the next level with a Sprout Bhaji Butty, featuring all of the above encased in a soft vegan brioche bun. One pound from every butty sold will go straight to a local charity.
The final savoury Christmas dish to Bundobust’s festive menu comes in the form of a Festive Curry, packed full of winter veggies including parsnips, French beans, and swede, and cooked in a warming tomatoey, coconutty sauce. Arriving with a pile of jeera rice and a flavourful mix of cinnamon, star anise and curry leaves, this is the hearty festive pick-me-up we all need.
No Christmas meal is complete without a sweet treat, and Bundo’s Christmas Kulfi is here to hit that spot, with a blend of nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon and orange peel in ice cream form on a stick.
When it comes to festive cocktails, Bundobust’s Coconut Hot Toddy brings a warming mix of bourbon, coconut rum, cinnamon and lemon juice, while the Masala Chaas features brandy, Baileys and ginger liqueur shaken with iced vegan chai. On the non-alcoholic side, the Ginger Tom is the perfect tee-total tipple – comprising ginger ale, cranberry juice, apple, cinnamon, lime, and mint – all served in a champagne flute.
This Christmas also marks a very special moment for beer lovers at Bundo, as the street food stalwart welcomes in a selection of festive bottles from across Europe and the US – including the seminal Sierra Nevada Celebration. Make the most of the restaurant’s year-round 40% discount on takeaway brews, and enjoy seasonal specials such as Bundobust Brewery’s very own hoppy red ale, Lal Naak – a 5.5% classic American style red ale which makes its debut this winter.
Christmas bookings are now open at the Leeds restaurant with parties of six or less being accepted.
Prepare to embrace the biggest Bundo Christmas yet!