Feeling Hungry? Here's The 8 Best Curry Houses In Bradford for Students
Curry and Bradford go together perfectly.
Students living in Bradford will discover plenty of amazing curry houses and Indian restaurants in Bradford and the surrounding areas.
In fact, Bradford is the only city in the UK to have won the Curry Capital of Britain for six years in a row (between 2011 and 2016).
Many of the curry houses in Bradford do not serve alcohol, but some of them do allow you to Bring Your Own.
If you do want to drink, always check with the restaurant before you visit. Whether you are looking for cheerful, informal grub or high-end Indian cuisine, Bradford has you covered.
Here, we look at the best curry Bradford has to offer.
1. Omar Khan’s (Little Horton Lane)
This is a well-established Indian restaurant in Bradford that offers up traditional cuisine.
It is situated in the very heart of the city centre, making it the perfect pre, or post-night-out venue if you’re heading to the theatre or maybe you’ve been at the National Science and Media Museum and want to finish the day in style.
Visitors can also take advantage of the welcoming Early Bird menu and a fully licensed bar.!
The restaurant has been going strong for over 30 years and places an emphasis on fresh ingredients, nostalgia and authenticity of Indian cuisine, and creative dishes that build a memorable experience for diners.
- “We have been waiting for opening since lockdown….and I must say it was well worth the wait. As usual staff friendly and efficient. Food beautiful like always. We love to eat here as a family as it feels like you are sat in a home not a restaurant. Very relaxing atmosphere and the staff always have the time for you.”
- “I’ve been going to this restaurant for many years, although it’s been a while since my last visit, and it certainly didn’t disappoint-in fact I think it’s just got better and better. Nice ambiance, polite and friendly staff, delicious and amazing food (taste and quality) and very reasonably priced. I will definitely be back again and if you’re in Bradford and fancy a great curry, this is the place to go!”
2. The Sweet Centre (Lumb Lane)
Open since 1964, this staple of curry in Bradford has been serving up delicious, authentic Kashmiri cuisine that really hits the mark.
The dining room aesthetic is that of a once-grand and spacious space, that is now furnished in a simple manner.
You see people who are clearly regulars and have their favoured spots in the restaurant and the owners and staff seem to be genuinely one big happy family.
You are transported to the Indian subcontinent when visiting The Sweet Centre and it does seem to be the beating heart and the original moment where curry in Bradford exploded into the scene we know today.
- “Saw this restaurant on BBC 1 where Ainsley Harriot & Len Goodman visited. I was not disappointed. Tried the Lamb on the Bone, by far the best in the UK. Also the Kashmiri is to die for.”
- “Sweet Centre Bradford Best food for authentic dishes Try the Karahi gosht. Awesome staff. Really must come here more often. Also masala fish is top class.”
3. The Karachi (Neal Street)
One of the oldest and most popular Indian restaurants in the city, this BYOB establishment offers up classics of the British curry house.
Rick Stein visited here years ago and loved it, and The Karachi is still seen on BBC food shows and clips regularly as a result.
The lamb Karahi and Rogan josh are two favourites on the menu, and the mushroom pakora is pretty special too.
Their main aim is to focus is on tasty dishes in a comfortable, simple setting.
- “No need for all the bells and whistles of most curry houses, this place allows the food to speak for itself, could not recommend more highly, it’s a must if you visit Bradford.”
- “Would Walk Over Broken Glass Barefoot To Eat at the Karachi. I’ve been coming here for thirty years now, and it never disappoints. Have brought wine and food professionals from seven countries, family, friends, colleagues. There is a depth of flavour that is so comforting and rich in all the food and the chapattis are fluffy and solid at the same time (how do they do it? I still don’t know…). Service is uniformly efficient – but not showy or ego-boosting.”
4. The Kashmir (Morley Street)
The oldest curry Bradford has to offer, The Kashmir may look a little old and tired in its décor, but it serves incredible Indian food that is fantastic value for money.
The café style setting is certainly a place where you can expect no frills. It is BYOB too, but no matter all of this, you’re visiting for one thing only, delicious food, and they deliver that!
- “Have been ordering from Kashmir via UberEATS since November 2020 & will continue to do so! The food has always been hot & tasty, very fairly priced too! Favourite Starter is the Shami 1950 Chapple Kebab! Excellent choice of food on the Menu with brilliant vegetarian options.”
- “I’ve been eating at this restaurant for 40-years never had a bad curry karma madras perfect sheikh kabab perfect all for £6.90 the decor is nothing fancy, but the restaurant is clean. If you want a fancy swish restaurant then go pay £20-pounds I prefer a good well-priced meal rather than fancy decorations after all you can’t beat the furniture and fittings.”
5. The International (Morley Street)
The International is close to the action in Bradford city centre.
The host is welcoming and fun, the food is really, REALLY good quality and the prices are pretty cheap for the standard of food you’re eating.
You can also bring your own booze from the handily located shop just next door.
Everything about the International makes it feel like you’re visiting a family friend and having a big, warm hug from your favourite curry.
The sauces are thick, the lime pickle is strong in flavour, and everything packs a punch.
- “I ordered a takeaway from here, I knew straight from the instant the fast delivery, the food was going to match the excellent service. I wasn’t wrong, food was excellent, was still very warm, definitely ordering from here again.”
- “Best in Bradford! The food is absolutely great, and service even better, definitely highly recommend going here:)”
6. Mumtaz (Great Horton Road)
Not far from the University, Mumtaz offers something a little bit glitzier than the curry Bradford has to offer in the city centre.
The cost of the dishes on the menu is a little pricier than you’ll find elsewhere in the town, but the food is really good.
The chicken karahi a particular highlight and the menu is full of fragrant, slow and low cooked goodness.
- “Probably the best restaurant of its style of food in the U.K. To be honest the most amazing food that I have eaten world-wide and I’m well-travelled. A kind and passionate owner and this reflects in the service and food. Looking forward to this restaurant re-opening on the 17th May and treating my friends and family to an amazing experience. Well done Mumtaz on delivering quality and excellence every single time.”
- “Great food with Great service. We booked a table and arrived 1/2 hr early, which was no problem. the restaurant has had a refurb at the back and is now very modern light and airy. we were shown to our table by Jeel. We ordered the starting platter and a n extra portion of seek kebab. followed by 3 different curries 2 lamb one chicken and roti / nan’s. The food was excellent as was the service given us by Jeel. nothing was too much trouble!”
7. Bharat (Great Horton Road)
If you are after a hot, hot curry, Bharat is the Bradford Indian restaurant to visit. The jalfrezi they serve up is well known for catching out those who seek out a spicy thrill. Even with a warning, people assume it’ll be fine, and the quality of the food does shine through here, it’s not just about the heat. Bharat is always very busy too, a sign of a good curry house.
- “Ordered a takeaway tonight and I felt I must add this review. The food was absolutely delicious, still hot when it arrived and tasted every bit as good as it has done in the past when we have visited the restaurant. Great value for money and the staff, including the delivery man, were really friendly. Would recommend it to anyone.”
- “10/10! Absolutely AMAZING FOOD AND CUSTOMER SERVICE! Bharat restaurant is absolutely AMAZING. Their food is delicious, fresh and full of flavour. The customer service is amazing, and the girls and owner are so attentive! I would definitely recommend to all. 10/10 Go and visit!”
8. My Lahore (Great Horton Street)
My Lahore is a weird one.
You’ll find all the best Indian dishes you expect, incredibly tasty Karahi in particular and a favourite on the local takeaway scene, but it offers a whole host of different dishes too, such as tuna melts and lasagne.
It’s quite confusing at first and could lead to poor quality or basic pub grub fun instead of quality curry, but it delivers in its diversity, freshness and deliciousness, so don’t worry.
- “Top quality ingredients that were well presented. So you have a menu where burgers are served alongside biriyanis – so there is something for everyone. Restaurant is very stylish, and I would love to return when it fully reopens.”
- “Great, reasonably priced Indian cuisine with superb service and small waiting time. Food was incredible! Word of warning – do not get the HOT! – medium spice was extremely spicy, very tasty and nearly took my face off! Loved it”
And there you have it folks! Our top spots for a yummy curry in Bradford. Don’t worry if you can’t handle the spice, there’s plenty of yummy options on all of these menus bound to suit your fancy. Wondering how to keep your uni kitchen nice and clean and sparkly? Check out our blog here for some top tips!