Straddling the top of Victoria Gate in Leeds city centre, this slick Japanese joint offers an extensive menu of rethought classics. With a verdant rooftop terrace boasting stellar views and an airy dining space surrounding a glitzy bar, Issho’s vibe may be more Ginza than Shinjuku. Either way, the yakitori skewers, grilled on a custom-built barbecue, feel straight from a Tokyo izakaya. After chicken karaage, deep-fried and crispy, tuck into robata plates of miso black cod and sweet potato with a smoky lime butter, before hitting the terrace for a Yamazaki single malt over ice.

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