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itsu arrives in Leeds

17 March 2016
itsu arrives in Leeds
If you’re looking for that health-kick but you’re not willing to succumb to bland salads and rice cakes, new Asian-inspired itsu could be the place for you. Coming up North after its success in London, (they sell their wares in over 50 shops down there!) itsu opened up in Manchester not long ago, and now have expanded to Commercial Street, Leeds to spread the nutritional love.

itsu’s Director of Development, Said Takhamt commented: “Our new store in Leeds felt like a natural progression for us when deciding our next location - it’s an exciting time for the City’s fast growing food and drink scene and we look forward to being part of it.”

Opened in 1997 by Julian Metcalfe, the co-founder of Pret-a-Manger, the chain was inspired by Julian’s inability to find well priced, healthy Japanese grub in the hub of London. With the mantra, ‘eat beautiful’, itsu focuses on food that’s low in calories, low carb, dairy-free, wheat-free and fat-free. But it’s by no means boring. With 64 flavour packed salads, including ‘salmon and tuna tartare’, ‘freshwater lobster and avo’ and ‘garden shed’, they’re brimming with superfoods and available on beds of noodles, sushi rice or just on their own if you’re going no-carbs.

For something a bit warmer on a cold spring day, the Leeds store will also offer their new hot menu ‘miso with benefits’. The classic Japanese soup is swimming with a variety of noodles, rice, crunchy vegetables and meats and has loads of health benefits.

Located right in the centre of the shopping district, on the cusp of Trinity Leeds, itsu is the perfect stop for a healthy fix, making a welcome change from the fast food restaurants we all find ourselves reaching for while indulging in some retail therapy. Plus, if you’re looking for a bargain on your way home for dinner, itsu will be selling everything for half price half an hour before they close, minimising waste and keeping your wallet nice and heavy.

Visit the website for more information.

By Lauren Barraclough
Lauren is an Editorial Assistant at Leeds Living dabbling in a bit of writing with news pieces and the occasional foodie review.
Photography provided by Echo PR