Yesterday saw a crowd of journos, bloggers and foodies gather at the press launch of a new restaurant in Aldgate East, London – Yuu Kitchen. I, too, was there to find out what this newcomer is bringing to the table. There will be no further puns in this post, I promise.
Yuu Kitchen is run by two Aussie mates, General Manager Stephen Lowe, previously of Icebar London, and Head Chef Jon de Villa, previously of Nobu, Nobu Berkeley and Zafferano. Other owners include Fred Olsson and Alex de Pommes, both of whom are co-founders of Icebar London, and Peter Jones. This seems like a group of guys who would have the experience to make a successful restaurant.
What about the food then? With items like Bao buns filled with Twice-cooked 7up Braised Pork Belly, Poke with Tuna, Salmon, Whitefish & Octopus, or Peanut Chicken on the Big Green Egg Grill, it’s safe to say the menu is inspired by the flavours of south-east Asia and the Pacific rim. Dishes will be served in a sharing style.
“We want to bring the multicultural diversity of Asian food that we grew up with in Australia and bring it to London.”
Bar Manager Keira Page has put wine, including sparkling wine, and beer on tap. That’s right – tap. There are bottled options available if this is not to your fancy. The rest of the drinks menu includes seasonal cocktails as well as a carefully selected Sake menu to complement the meals.
The vibe at Yuu is casual – guests are seated on barstools at elevated tables and the décor is paying homage to pop art, Manga and modern Asian styles. With a capacity of only 55 pax the atmosphere will be vibrant and cosy.
With its casual setting, cool vibe and super tasty food, Yuu Kitchen is definitely one to watch. Lucky me, it’s just a 2 minute walk from my office.
Average price pp:
£15 – £25 plus drinks
29 Commercial Street, London E1 6NE
Nearest tube: Aldgate East
Lunch; Wed – Sun 12:00 – 14:30
Dinner; Mon – Sat 17:30 – late, Sun 17:30 – 22:00
Yuu Kitchen will operate a walk-in policy except for groups of 6 or more
020 7377 0411
Featured image copyright: Yuu Kitchen