The recent news that the publics favourite "The Cat's Pyjamas" in Headingley was reopening was met with delight by fans across the country! A popular Indian street food restaurant and craft beer bar on Otley Road in Headingley, the restaurant is owned by two childhood friends, its chef Daljit Singh and his business partner Aftab Ali.
The restaurant itself regularly receives commendations from national newspapers and international food critics... Jay Raynor of the Guardian is a big fan - you can check out his recent review here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/18/the-cats-pyjamas-restaurant-review
Why Indian food?
Daljit’s passion is to connect the British people with Indian culture through serving super tasty dishes. "I was born in the Punjab region and I learned from my mum how to cook recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation in our family... the base recipes we use in the restaurant now still remain the same".
Daljit has spent all his life in the catering business and it was the success of his food that first made the Cat's Pyjamas brand synonymous with quality and won the restaurant both national awards and fantastic reviews from Internationally recognised food and restaurant critics.
On a trip to India in April 2019, Daljit went to seek out the latest culinary ideas to create a more diverse range of street food for the menu! On that he managed to visit all the 29 States within the country, and has come back with an encyclopaedia of recipes that stretch from Mumbai to Kerala.
Whats on offer?
The Cats Pyjamas will soon be launching a lunchtime 4 course Thaali menu, which is a fusion of small taster dishes. Customers will then be able to experience the authentic Indian style of eating - a fusion of tastes and smells served within one large dish. This will then be followed by the launch of a brand-new evening menu serving an array of tasty dishes including very popular Kerelean, a seafood curry dish made of sea bass and prawns cooked in coconut milk and whole spices - our taste buds are tingling at the thought!!
Firm favourites like Saag Paneer and Pindi Chole will remain but will be joined on the vast menu by the Moorish Mattar Paneer and Railway Potato Curry - a national favourite in India, served on the railway system and enjoyed by hundreds of millions of Indians every day. Their ability to cater for all pallets, diets and requirements means that they are Vegan and Vegetarian friendly too!
Where else can I find The Cats Pyjamas?
Some of the menus have been copied and are thriving in locations all over the world. The Head Tandoor chef at Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland even learned how to make Saag Paneer under the tutorage of Daljit! The famous Cats Pyjamas Cheese Naan is also served in 5* restaurants in Dubai and Qatar.
The Cats Pyjamas is located in Headingley on Otley Road, a firm favourite for residents, locals and visitors all year round. The location makes it a great spot for a pre-rugby curry, light lunch, or evening out!
If you haven't already... check it out!!!
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