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Food from OBA OBA
Eat and Drink
January 2024
Reading time 4 Minutes

Whether its Japanese ramen, authentic sushi or Korean kimbap, there's an array of exciting Asian cuisines to try across the North East and Yorkshire

Here's our guide to some of the best.
The Ivy Asia The Ivy Asia

Cardamom Black

2–6 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DD
01423 313136

An altogether different Asian dining experience, Cardamom Black’s striking interior is the perfect setting to enjoy cocktails and browse the extensive menu. Head Chef Dilu and his team of five chefs bring more than a combined 100 years’ experience in the kitchen, so whatever you order, you know your food is in good hands.

The Ivy Asia

55–57 Vicar Lane, Leeds LS1 6BA
0113 531 7990

Whether you’re looking to lunch with friends, enjoy tea for two, or book a romantic dinner with someone special, you’ll find fabulous Asian-inspired dining at The Ivy Asia in Leeds. The à la carte menu features pan-Asian classics with a twist such as Szechuan spiced chicken, black cod in miso, aromatic half duck and Wagyu beef with glazed shiitake mushrooms, or for something sweet we recommend the dessert platter – with cherry and passionfruit doughnuts, white chocolate and yuzu cheesecake, samurai chocolate mousse and mochi ice cream balls, it’s perfect for sharing.

House of Fu

15–19 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PU
0113 234 6907

Starting as a pop-up in Belgrave Music Hall, House of Fu has grown with the demand for their tasty Japanese-style dishes, and after winning British Streetfood’s Best of the Best award owner Ben found a permanent home on The Headrow in Leeds. Taking influences from Tokyo and LA, this ramen bar has a range of tasty broths, including spicy sesame and miso chicken and pork over Tokyo noodles, spiced pork mince, pak choi and spring onions, finished with an egg and crunchy chilli oil.

Read More: Three Easy and Delicious Ramen Recipes

House of Fu House of Fu


Unit 2 Wade Lane, Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8NG
0113 244 2956

Priding themselves on flavoursome food and great service, the team at OBA Kitchen & Bar bring a fusion of Korean and Japanese cuisines to the people of Leeds. Expect Korean noodle dishes, bibimbap and classic kimchi, alongside yakisoba, sushi and rich teriyaki plates. Meanwhile, the two-course bottomless brunch is a must-try with starters such as salt and pepper karaggee chicken wings, followed by kimchi pork belly and katsu curry, washed down with a variety of cocktails and Prosecco.


503 Ecclesall Road, Sharrow, Sheffield S11 8PR
0114 266 2843

Expect Asian fusion food done well at Koko. Choose from a menu of freshly-prepared starters, tapas, sushi and mains at this restaurant that pushes the boundaries of Japanese cuisine and offers dishes that you’re not likely to find anywhere else in the area. The Koko sushi selection is always a winner here, but there’s a full vegan and vegetarian menu too.

Geisha Restaurants

Front Street, Benton, Newcastle NE12 8AE
0191 300 4641

Geisha Asia (now in it’s new location in Benton) offers a modern, Japanese-inspired experience where pan-Asian cuisine such as sushi, dim-sum and bao buns fill the menu. The venue is divided between the Asian restaurant and the new restaurant, Geisha Italia Grill, where you can expect everything from authentic pizza and pasta to burgers and antipasti. Plus, on Sunday’s you can enjoy a traditional roast with all the trimmings.

Zen | The Rabbit Hole | Miso
Zen | The Rabbit Hole | Miso


Court Lane, Durham DH1 3JS
0191 384 9588

Zen serves authentic Thai Asian cuisine, based on a fusion of authentic, street and market fresh foods. Their experienced team of 14 years, led by head chef P’Art, make all their dishes from scratch and take pride in introducing wonderful Thai food to unfamiliar Western palettes. As well as eating under their famous blossom tree, you can dine al fresco or order to take away.

Read More: Six of Our Favourite Cafés for a Quick Pit Stop on your Winter Walk


Unit 1 Ford Street, Ouseburn Valley NE6 1NW

In the Ouseburn Valley this Japanese restaurant combines classic flavours with contemporary Japanese interiors giving us this cool and quirky venue. As well as spiced miso shiitake ramens, you’ll find a range of small plates such as braised pork belly cooked over coals, chicken and vegetable gyozas and glazed chicken thighs on the menu. Their cocktail menu is also a winner.

The Muddler The Muddler

The Muddler

69 Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6EF
0191 222 0125

This Grey Street restaurant is a favourite for many. Think superbly presented sushi platters, pan-Asian dishes perfect for sharing, and quality cocktails. Our recommendation? Try the blueberry tea cocktail alongside the dim sum platter.

The Rabbit Hole

17 Hallgarth Street, Durham DH1 3AT
0191 386 5556

Fall down the rabbit hole and enter this 1920s Shanghai-inspired speakeasy where you’ll be richly rewarded with deliciously different pan-Asian dishes and perfectly-paired cocktails, wines and beers. We recommend a selection of small plates, particularly the short beef rib and the honey and walnut shrimp.

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