In this post, I’m taking you up to Leeds, to Issho, a swishy rooftop Japanese restaurant which has opened in Victoria Quarter — the sleek new shopping centre that’s brought a load of my fave stores to Leeds like Anthropologie, T2 and & Other Stories. Matt, my best friend from university and I went for dinner at Issho a couple of months back (sorry on the delay!) and had the most DELICIOUS evening — if you’re into Japanese you’ll be wowed for sure. It’s a swanky spot, the type you wear heels to, and it’s a far cry from the places we used to hang out in the city a students — Leeds got FANCY these days!
We went starving and were not disappointed! We kicked things off with a couple of fancy pants cocktail at the bar, admiring the contemporary design of the place, before moving into the restaurant where we sat up to the kitchen bar. We spent most of the evening eyeing up what was going on behind the scenes — I swear, the kitchen seats are always the best seats in the house, you get banter with the chef and get to see how it all pieces together! Ben Orpwood is at the helm of the kitchen here at Issho, coming from Zuma & Sexy Fish, and has devised a vast, mouthwatering menu— you’ve got everything from raw fish to bad buns, tempura, sushi, sashimi and plates cooked on the Robata grill. There’s a LOT of choice and it ain’t cheap, so you’ll need to make compromises (then go back agin to try everything else!). We made a pretty good dent in the menu and tried to pick something from each section. We shared the pea guac and crackers and the delicious, light and flavoursome tiger prawn tempura dragon rolls. Next up the steamed prawn and salmon gyoza were nothing short of the perfect, and Matt raved about the spicy pork bao buns. Tempura is always SO hit and miss that I’m usually tempted not to order it but they got it spot on here — the prawn and vegetable tempura was perfectly light and crunchy. Alas, they were all out of the black cod on the night we visited (I bet it’s BUFF!) so we went for the salmon teriyaki, which was insane and perfectly cooked on the Robata grill. I’m not a big pudding person but in honour to being in Yorkshire, we went for the chilled Yorkshire rhubarb crumble with apple and sake sorbet and boy oh boy, it was actually bloody wonderful.
I’d definitely recommend Issho and I’d totally go back. For dinner, I’d say it’s a date-night/ special occasion kinda situ, but I hear they do a banging brunch too!
ISSHO, 3RD FLOOR, VICTORIA GATE, LEEDS, LS2 7AU