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Leicester, home of the super slick Colourworks, has long shaken off its bleak, industrial city look to be replaced with great shopping, stylish bars and, most importantly fabulous restaurants. Colourworks is at the helm of this renaissance, offering wonderful French/European food in gorgeous, contemporary surroundings. The elegance of the silvery-grey and black interior complete plus a beautiful roof terrace ensure that this restaurant is right on style and as such expect to find only the coolest crowd in. Cast your eyes over the menu and be treated to a real treat of choices, from true English favourites to European inspired dishes including some really unusual vegetarian options.
Address: 2 Westbridge Close
Price range: £25-£34 / €35-
Cuisines: French

Las Iguanas - Leicester
You can't miss Las Iguanas on Leicester's Belvoir Street. Everything about this place is bold, bright and proud of it! Exotic music and decor surround happy waiting staff who get on well with the fun crowd who soak up Las Iguana's infectious Latino quirkiness. The food is good; a tempting range of traditional tapas, salads and wraps next to more formal dishes such as moqueca, a light Brazilian coconut curry. Great flame-grilled Argentinean steaks. There are plenty of South American treats to try in the bar, too. Not least the caipirinhas and the house drink, Las Iguanas Magnifica Cachaca (Brazil's national spirit, distilled from sugar cane).
Address: 13 - 15 Belvoir Street
Price range: £24 and Under
Cuisines: Other

Maiyango Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
Maiyango Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge views itself as one of the best dining experiences in the UK, and though that might appear cocky, it seems their self admiration might be justified if their rapturous customer reviews are anything to go by. Specialising in providing award winning food in a relaxing and intimate atmosphere, Maiyango’s head chef Philip Sharp uses only the freshest local produce in dishes both unusual and alluring, food you can sample sat either in the restaurant’s main dining hall or, if you seek a more intimate setting, amidst the drapes and soft furnishings of one of Maiyango’s various booths.
Address: 19 – 21 St Nicholas Place
Price range: £25 - £34

Flores World Tapas Bar
Flores World Tapas Bar is a chic, cosmopolitan restaurant in Leicester, ideal for intimate drinks and dinner with family, friends and colleagues. The dining room - with its stylish wooden furniture, quirky framed artworks, mocha walls and plush fuchsia, chocolate and sage floral banquettes – has a vibrant atmosphere and is always filled with a fashionable crowd. Executive Chef, Jonny Bingham, has developed a global tapas menu inspired by ingredients, flavours and textures from cultures all over the world. We love the restaurant's sophisticated Indian spiced lamb stew with chickpeas, ginger, coriander and chilli; the pork and prawn dumplings steamed with lemon and soy; and the native oysters served with cucumber, fennel and green chilli puree.
Address: 16 King Street
Price range: £35 - £44
Cuisines: Other

San Carlo - Leicester
Set in Granby Street in the heart of the Leicester – San Carlo is part of a bright and bustling Italian restaurant chain renowned for their fresh seafood. Decorated in muted creams and browns with vibrant blue accents – the dining room is always busy with local couples and families who flock for San Carlo's famous pastas and fresh pizzas. The kitchen offers an eclectic daily fish board, and all dishes are made on site with the finest produce and ingredients, many sourced directly from Italy. Popular dishes include the spaghetti with shellfish, garlic and chilli in a tomato sauce with fresh basil; the spiced Italian sausages cooked with borlotti beans and served with grilled polenta; and the salmon in lobster sauce.
Address: 38 - 40 Granby Street
Price range: £25 - £34
Cuisines: Italian

Bistro de Paris
Bistro de Paris, located on Granby Street, is one of Leicester's leading French restaurants offering an elegant ambience and extensive menu of regional and classic dishes. Run by the renowned San Carlo group, who also own restaurants in Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham; Bistro de Paris is a successful departure from the company's traditional-Italian-restaurant formula. Perfect for dates and special celebrations, Bistro de Paris is acclaimed for its friendly service. Favourite dishes include the Coq au Vin, Entrecote Streak, Bouillabaisse and Coquille St Jacques. There is also a table d'hote menu and daily fresh fish specialities from the blackboard. The menu at Bistro de Paris is complimented by an exceptional French-led wine list.
Address: 40 Granby Street
Price range: £25 - £34
Cuisines: French

Paprika Watermead Restaurant
Located in the Melton Road in Leicester, Paprika is a fun, family-friendly restaurant serving Indian, Mexican and Indo-Chinese food. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and boasts a host of activities to keep your children entertained. With two playgrounds, both indoor and outdoor, as well as a soft play area for toddlers, your children can join in with drawing, singing and dancing games while you enjoy your meal. The kitchen serves up popular dishes such as the Chicken Korma – chicken tikka cooked in a creamy cashew sauce; the Mexican vegetarian chilli served with rice and tortilla chips; and the Haaka Noodles served with spicy roasted vegetables. Paprika is an ideal venue for family get-togethers and children's parties.
Address: 510 Melton Road
Price range: £24 and under
Cuisines: Indian

Madeira a Vista
Madeira à Vista is a superb family-run restaurant located in a sunny red, white and blue thatched cottage one mile from Leicester's city centre. The unique setting attracts visitors from all around who come for the convivial atmosphere and divine Portuguese cuisine. Inside, the dining room will transport you to the Portuguese countryside with its vibrant colours and cosy vibe, and Madiera à Vista's Head Chef Agostinho Viveiros has created an authentic menu using fresh produce from all over the county. We love the grilled Portuguese sausage served with bread and olives, the Pork Madeira à Vista – marinated cubes of pork pan-fried with chorizo served with fried potatoes; and the Esptada – a beef skewer served Madeiran-style.
Address: 60 Woodgate
Price range: £24 and under
Cuisines: Other