It is, more specifically, a Keralan restaurant, Kerala being a state in South West India situated on the coast - which probably explains the prevalence of seafood dishes on the menu. The spicing, in general, seemed to be on the milder end of the spectrum and coconut was widely used. Oh, and everything was utterly delicious.
We started with pre-meal snacks and pickles, which were slightly more varied than the usual poppadoms. I'm not entirely sure what they all were but they were crunchy and salty and not in the least bit greasy as can be the way of such things.
The white chutney on the right was some sort of coconut dip which was seriously good - think a savoury Bounty bar and you wouldn't be far wrong (although you might be slightly freaked out).
Beautifully presented, just the right level of warmth from the chilli and lots of crunchy vegetables. Yum. Oh, and wouldn't you have thought that after all these years I would have gained at least some food photography skills? Useless I tell you, useless. It's a good job I can paint a picture with words...(insert rolling eyes emoticon here).
The main event though, and the dish that had me practically swooning was this:
A whole boned sea bass with a lightly spiced prawn and vegetable filling served with Masala potatoes. This was good. This was lick the plate awesomeness. I couldn't stop eating it. I was full but I had to keep shovelling it in until it was all gone. D went for the seafood curry which he also seemed to enjoy and we also ordered some gorgeous little coconutty pancakes called "appam" in lieu of the usual naan bread (purely for research purposes you understand).
All in all, if you like curry and find yourself in Leeds, I can't recommend this place highly enough. It is right next door to Bundobust which is another little gem of a place that you could check out for a pre-dinner pint of real ale and a nibble. I'm already keen to go back and have that sea bass again (looks forlornly at picture). It's places like this that making dieting so very, very hard.
7-8 Mill Hill
0113 244 0500