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Further Expansion for Group D&D with the opening of Issho

Restaurant group D&D London are set to open a brand new rooftop restaurant in the high-end shopping destination of Victoria Gate in the city of Leeds.

Issho (meaning ‘together’ in Japanese) will serve a menu dedicated to sharing, with dishes inspired by Japanese and Asian cuisine, incorporating the very best of Yorkshire produce. Having previously worked at Zuma and launching London’s Sexy Fish in 2015, Executive Chef Ben Orpwood uses his extensive travel experience throughout Japan to inspire the dishes on his menu, such as Wagyu pastrami; Smoked Dorset char with wasabi leaf dressing; Steamed prawn and salmon gyoza, white soy and mustard; Seared diver scallop, jalapeno and apple and Duck breast with pickled nashi pear and a spring onion sauce.

An impressive variety of sushi will feature prominently on the menu including seaweed-wrapped maki of crab, tiger prawn tempura and salmon, as well as ‘Dynamite Ebi Tempura’ and a dedicated Robata grill will sit within the main dining room serving traditional ‘robatayaki’, slow-grilled over charcoal in full view of surrounding diners. Sample dishes include Maple glazed pork belly, fresh apple and wasabi; Barley miso lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine and cucumber; and Grilled iberico pluma, yuzu and daikon pickles alongside a selection of Yakitori.

Ben said of the launch: “I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Japan several times and have worked in Asian restaurants across the globe, from Turkey and Dubai to London and Australia. My experience has certainly helped shape the menu at Issho and create eye-catching dishes that are full of flavour.”

In addition, the restaurant’s very own bar, Kori, will serve a range of sake and Japanese-inspired cocktails, such as Matcha Sour (Matcha tea, Beefeater 24 gin, elderflower cocktail, lemon juice and egg white); Suntory Fashioned (Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve, homemade cherry liqueur, aged barrel bitters, stirred and served in a goblet glass, topped with homemade orange and cinnamon foam); and Monburan Martini (Chestnut liqueur, vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur stirred and topped with a chestnut flavoured whipped cream) and is set to become a new destination bar with an al fresco terrace offering stunning views over the city.