Saturday, 1 July 2017

Issho - the new 'it' place in Leeds

Issho Leeds bottomless brunch
Issho Leeds Victoria Gate


You know when a bar or restaurant opens and it quickly becomes the absolute place to be? That’s Issho. It’s the new Japanese restaurant that has just launched and is situated above Victoria Gate in Leeds and within a week of opening, it’s the place to be this summer. And I can see why. The decor is beautiful, there’s an outdoor terrace on which to enjoy drinks, a restaurant for an evening meal and the necessity for every young professional, bottomless brunch.

I headed to Issho before the launch night to do a tasting menu, whereby we tried a load of different dishes and after sharing it all on my Instagram stories, it wasn’t long before I had colleagues asking when it was opening and what I thought. I didn’t have a bad word to say about it as despite not being an adventurous eater, I enjoyed everything I tried, even if it wasn’t to my tastes.

My personal favourites were the steak (might not be a traditional Japanese dish but it was cooked to absolute perfection), the sushi rolls, the bao buns with duck and an absolutely incredible dessert platter (nothing gets in the way of this sweet tooth). The menu is incredibly varied and caters for all – you’ll find plenty of meat and veggie options alongside the fish that is traditionally associated with Japanese food.



Issho Leeds Victoria Gate


Issho Leeds Victoria Gate


Issho Leeds Victoria Gate


Issho Leeds Victoria Gate


Issho Leeds Victoria Gate

I returned to Issho following it’s launch to have bottomless brunch and I was not disappointed by this either. Between my friend and I, we ordered the beef short rib and bao buns option which was a sharer for two. 



Issho Leeds Victoria Gate


Issho Leeds Victoria Gate


There was a lot of meat for us to fill the bao buns with and as the buns were unlimited, they just kept coming. This option is also served with a couple of salads, one being cucumber based, the other was beetroot – I enjoyed both of these and found them to be a delicious accompaniment. The meat was cooked perfectly, and full of flavour – it fell off the bone as we filled our bao buns. For Char, as it was her first time having Japanese, she had no idea what to expect especially as she was imagining a more ‘brunch’ type meal, but we were both pleased with our choice of beef. Other options include a sharing platter with different bao buns and sides, and the option we had but with either duck or turbot.



Issho Leeds Victoria Gate


Bottomless brunch is served for two hours, so the prosecco starts flowing from when your order is taken, and this definitely flowed – there’s no ‘wait until your glass is empty’ policy, which a lot of bottomless brunches in Leeds have. Only once did we make it to the bottom of our glasses without it being filled up immediately. Brunch is served in the bar area as opposed to the restaurant, and the only thing we weren’t too keen on is that we were seated by the window at a fairly low table, though most of the seating is in booths, so it definitely wouldn’t stop me going back.

Price-wise, Issho isn’t a cheap option, but it’s definitely the place to go for an occasion or a treat as the staff make it feel like such a luxury experience too. I’ll definitely be heading back to Issho this summer to take advantage of their rooftop terrace in the sunshine as what’s better than drinking prosecco in the sunshine with whilst overlooking your home city? 
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  1. I feel like I've been hearing about this place everywhere recently! I love the idea of bottomless bubbles!

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