You guys know I love some good food. And you know I love Leeds! You can imagine my joy at how much of a foodie city Leeds has become in the last few years. There are new restaurants opening left, right and centre and they’re all (usually) amazing. Every time I visit somewhere and tick it off my list, two more places open.
One of my most recent new visits has been to a restaurant called Issho. Based on the very top floor of the new (ish) high end shopping centre Victoria Gate, Issho is owned by the restaurant powerhouses D&D. (Who also have Crafthouse and Angelica, based at Trinity Leeds, and East 59th – which has also taken over Victoria Gate since Issho opened.)
For those who don’t know, Issho is a contemporary Japanese restaurant. The dishes come from Executive Chef Ben Orpwood who was previously at Zuma and Sexy Fish in London.
The name Issho is taken from the Japanese word for ‘together’ and OH, GUYS you’re really going to want to add it to your list if you haven’t already tried it.
Think Sliced sea bass, ponzu and pork crackling, Steamed prawn & salmon gyoza with white soy & mustard and California maki with fresh crab mayo, avocado and tobiko. The food at Issho is an absolute dream that you have to be a part of. (Check out the full menu here, because I can and will be here for hours.)
The food isn’t the only part of Issho you need to experience – the whole vibe of the restaurant is amazing. Extremely contemporary interiors combined with a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere you will struggle to find anywhere else. The roof terrace is, in my opinion, one of the nicest in Leeds – with lush greenery, cushioned sofas and full table service, I felt like I was abroad on holiday the whole time I was sat there.
And it doesn’t even stop there! (I know!) Not only do they have an amazing main menu, they also have a brunch menu.
And not just ANY brunch menu. A brunch menu that involves one of my top three foods in the entire world – bao buns. Bottomless bao buns. And bottomless prosecco. My heart can’t even take it.
I went for brunch a few weeks ago and the response I had on Instagram Stories was out of this world! So here’s the sitch…
The Bao’s & Bubbles Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays (with a resident DJ playing the soundtrack to your morning/afternoon on a Sunday – can confirm he is EXCELLENT). You get free flowing prosecco and bottomless bao buns and it’s the greatest thing on the planet. If you’re in Leeds you absolutely must go!
So, to cut a long story short: If you like Japanese food, cool interiors, a relaxed atmosphere, a gorgeous roof terrace and brunch you absolutely must add Issho to your list. You will NOT regret it.