Tucked away in Victoria Gate is Issho, a very insta-worthy Japanese restaurant which a a new addition to Leeds. I was invited down at the weekend to try out their Bao + Bubbles brunch menu and I couldn’t wait to try it.
We took the lift up to the third floor and were greeted at the entrance. We chose to sit outside on the terrace as it was such a lovely day. I couldn’t believe that this little space was tucked away in the middle of such a large shopping centre, making it the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Not only were the interiors to die for but the staff were knowledgable and helpful when it came to recommending things from the menu. We had a quick tour of the whole restaurant before we enjoyed a first sip of processco.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a large dining area, a private function room and bar stools to watch the chefs prepare and make the meals. This would be perfect for anyone on a first date as it would give you something to talk about in between those awkward silences.
With the Bao + Bubbles Brunch you can have free-flowing processco for 2 hours, which sets you back £15. I thought this was really good value for money especially as you don’t need to keep asking to have your glass topped up. I feel like every time I turned around my glass was full again. We weren’t complaining.
Now let’s talk about the food. We went for the vegetable maki, spicy tofu and spicy pork bao buns, vegetable tempura, salt & sesame grilled sea bream ponzo & pickled onions, zucchini wafu and salmon sashimi. The food was incredible, you can tell the ingredients are fresh and it doesn’t leave you with that full stodgy feeling. Perfect for brunch so you still have the energy to continue shopping.
For dessert we were treated to the Peach Nilar; I was told my the waiter that this is named after the head chef’s wife. He makes a dessert for her every year and its her favourite. I thought this was a sweet story (?!) to go with our dessert. We also ordered the special chocolate & matcha pudding; which you can see from the picture below, oozes the matcha once you cut into it.