Situated in the heart of Leicester’s colourful, energetic Golden Mile – renowned for its Indian sari shops, jewellers and restaurants – Bobby’s has been serving purely vegetarian food since 1976. The affordable dishes offered here are inspired by the vegetarian cuisine of Gujarat, a mainly Hindu province in west India.
Reflecting the feel of the Golden Mile, Bobby’s is light, bright, cheerful, buzzing and family friendly. As you walk through the door you are hit by a colourful display of Indian sweets. To the right is cafe-style seating where you can enjoy a vegetarian thali, a cup of Masala tea or maybe a lunch-time dosa.
This isn’t your run-of-the-mill ‘Indian’ restaurant food – you won’t find a jalfrezi or vindaloo on the menu. Try the dahi puris – bite-sized, crisp bread shells, filled with lightly spiced potato and chickpeas, topped with yoghurt, crunchy sev and chopped coriander – an explosion of spice, heat, sweetness and coolness.
We’ll finish with a bit of history: Bobby’s was set up in the mid-70s after the founders, Mr Bhagwanjibhai and Mrs Manglaben Lakhani, found themselves in Leicester, along with thousands of fellow Ugandan Indians, having been expelled by Idi Amin in 1972. The couple saw a need for a restaurant to serve the newly established Indian community. The rest is history, and Bobby’s is still run by the Lakhani family.
Belgrave Road is well worth exploring. Bobby’s is the perfect place to refuel.