Issho, meaning “together”, is a relatively new addition to the Leeds dining scene and is a rooftop restaurant based all around the concept of sharing. Issho is part of the D&D London group – that’s the guys that brought us Angelica & Crafthouse – and the restaurant takes pride of place above the Victoria Gate shopping centre.
The space is incredibly stylish, but also offers really chilled vibes and some of the friendliest service I’ve experienced in a while. We were extremely well looked after from start to finish, and I actually felt like we were the only people in the restaurant throughout the duration of our visit, despite realising as we got up to leave that the place had gotten quite busy… it wasn’t hard to see why.
Japanese food is the theme of choice here, one of my favourite cuisines, and something I thought I was quite experienced with; but Issho brings something completely new and completely fresh to the Leeds fine dining scene. Wonders such as spider sushi (not literally spider, as I was informed) and BBQ eel sashimi are offered up on the menu; and it’s hard to stop yourself wanting to order the lot, it’s that intriguing. On that note, another positive I found about this place was that the staff will be very open with you, we often asked if we were ordering too much or too little; and instead of just encouraging us to add more food to the bill, they were super informative and honest with us – advising my friend and I when the
four desserts we attempted ordering would be too much, and making suggestions to help us get the best from our experience.
You see that’s what this place is, a dining experience. Highlights for me were the crackers and pea guac; steamed prawn & salmon gyoza; tiger prawn tempura maki; and the sliced sea bass with pork crackling. But in all honesty, I loved every single item that I tried here, and wouldn’t hesitate to return for a special occasion. Cocktail wise, we ordered the Tokyo Punch (that’s the one in the taller glass) and the Yuzu Bramble – just incase you liked the look of them. As I mentioned above, we did want to order all desserts… but settled on the Okinawa Cinnamon Santandagi Doughnuts with Zuzu Curd & Chocolate Ganach – SERIOUSLY GUYS, GET. THESE. And the Yamazaki Caramac, again, pretty bloody amazing – but the doughnuts were really stand out. You’re a pretty incredible dining venture Issho and I’ll be back, I’ll be back very soon.
Issho; Victoria Gate, Leeds LS2 7AU