Double rooftop opening in Leeds

D&D London has announced plans for a double restaurant opening in Leeds this spring at the new Victoria Gate shopping, eating and casino development.

Japanese restaurant Issho and Manhattan-style bar and grill East 59th will divided a rooftop space between them – each with an outdoor terrace.

The kitchen at Issho – which means “together” in Japanese – will be run by chef Ben Orpwood, who has worked in both Zuma and Sexy Fish. He is planning a Pan-Asian twist on Japanese cuisine, combined with Yorkshire ingredients, with diners watching the his team of chefs in action from counter seats in front of a semi-open kitchen.

East 59th will offer a US-inspired menu, along with panoramic city views intended to evoke New York by night.

D&D opened two restaurant four years ago in the Trinity Leeds development – Angelica and Crafthouse. The company is in expansion mode after successful trading in 2016, and has also confirmed the opening in April of Radici in Islington at what was the Almeida Restaurant.

Chef Francesco Mazzei of Sartoria in Mayfair will draw up a menu inspired by his southern Italian roots (radici in Italian), with dishes from his native Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia. He will continue as chef-patron at Sartoria.

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