D&D turns to Palux to bring firepower to latest kitchen

Palux cooking suite

Restaurant group D&D has opened its third site in Leeds city centre and will deliver a contemporary Japanese menu thanks to cooking suites from Palux.

Issho’s kitchen is powered by commercial catering equipment from the German brand, which is supplied in the UK through Northants-based Euro Catering.

The kitchen team at the Victoria Gate Centre property is headed up by executive chef, Ben Orpwood, who oversees a menu based around authentic Asian dishes, served up through a combination of behind-the-scenes efficiencies and front-of-house food theatre.

To achieve this balance, D&D wanted a front-of-house, variant-filled Palux cooking suite and it was bespoke-designed to include four-zone induction, an oven and two custom-made Robata grills.

The flame grills are housed behind a glass screen, to allow diners to see chefs preparing the Japanese dishes in front of them.

In the kitchen, the main Palux island consists of fryers, induction hobs, plancha and a modified Palux Vario Pan component, tailor-made for Japanese cuisine. This contains both dipping wells and frying with thermostatic restriction, which makes them ideal for the frying of Japanese tempura dishes.

Euro Catering’s sales director, Justin Towns, said Palux suites were flexible and accommodating when it comes to variants required for specific menus that they are wow-factor solution providers.

“Whilst functionality and energy efficiency are aspects most associated with Palux suites, they are also visually stunning, meaning that the best of both worlds – efficiency and aesthetics – can be enjoyed.”

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