Rooftop bar to open in Leeds serving Japanese-inspired cocktails

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A new bar is set to be opened by restaurant group D&D London in Leeds this month specialising in sake and Japanese-inspired cocktails.

Kori is being created as part of Issho, the new 7,807 sq ft rooftop restaurant in the high-end shopping destination of Victoria Gate. Pictured above as a computer-generated image, it is due to open on June 21.

Issho (meaning “together” in Japanese) will offer food for sharing, with dishes inspired by Japanese and Asian cuisine but incorporating the best of Yorkshire produce.

With an outside terrace offering views over the city, Kori will serve sake and Japanese-inspired cocktails such as a Matcha Sour made with matcha tea, Beefeater 24 gin, elderflower cordial, lemon juice and egg white.

Other cocktails on the list will include the Suntory Fashioned made with Japanese whisky Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve, homemade cherry liqueur and aged barrel bitters, stirred and served in a goblet glass, topped with homemade orange and cinnamon foam.

The Monburan Martini will be a combination of chestnut liqueur, vanilla vodka and chocolate liqueur, stirred and topped with a chestnut-flavoured whipped cream.

The executive chef is Ben Orpwood who previously worked at Zuma and launched London’s Sexy Fish in 2015. He is drawing on his extensive travels throughout Japan to create 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”. 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: “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.”

Issho will be D&D’s third venue in Leeds after the success of Angelica and Crafthouse.

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