Yuu Kitchen

Bronze Award

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Bronze Award

This Southeast-Asian restaurant comes from two of the founders of Icebar. The walls here are adorned with the trippy works of Hong Kong-based artist Lunatic, while head chef Jon de Villa (previously Nobu Mayfair), turns out an array of sharing dishes. Our sticky, juicy chicken wings were followed by scallop, prawn and chive dumplings, with a kick of chilli and ginger. Larger options include spicy poké (tuna, salmon, whitefish or octopus) and bao buns filled with twice-cooked, braised pork belly. Quirky desserts seal the deal, including chocolate-filled spring rolls and ice-cream baos. Wines cover the US, Spain and Australia, and there are craft beers and Asian-inspired cocktails too; we recommend the Mr Miyagi (yuzushu saké, white rum, coconut rum, apple juice and Angostura bitters). Decent prices and knowledgeable staff make this a good casual option and if you’re eating at the counter, the chefs are happy to chat.  


Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Eat at Home
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Quirky, Themed, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Yuu Kitchen

When setting up Yuu Kitchen, long time pals Stephen Lowe and Jon de Villa wanted to bring the diversity of Asian cuisine that they were accustomed to in their native Australia to London. The result is a fun and buzzy restaurant where bird cages hang from the ceiling and colourful manga-style artworks line the walls.

Head chef de Villa has previously worked in some very well respected kitchens, including at Nobu Berkeley Street and ramen mini-chain Bone Daddies. Here, his menu reads like a greatest hits of south-east Asian cuisine, with an offering full of crowd pleasers like steamed Taiwainese bao buns, chicken karaage and tuna tostadas.

Yuu Kitchen’s menu is designed to be shared, with the restaurant recommending that you order around three to four plates per person. To kick start your meal, take your pick from the selection of ‘bites’ which includes edamame beans with salt and fries topped with kimchi mayonnaise, shallots and chives. Next, tuck into a bao bun or two, with fillings to choose from including 7Up braised pork belly and crispy soft shell crab.

Don’t miss the selection of signature dishes either - think sweet and sticky aubergine or chicken wings rubbed in a fiery sauce - while those who fancy something from the grill can opt for Thai-style homemade sausages. To finish up, choose from sweet treats such as an ice cream filled bao bun.

Aside from the regular menu, another big draw of Yuu Kitchen is the various offers and deals available throughout the week. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, you can enjoy 60 minutes of bottomless bao buns, while on weekends you can head here for a boozy brunch which includes 10 dishes and free-flowing bubbles. There’s even the chance to get a picture of yourself printed on the bao bun you order - just email the team a picture of yourself at least three days before your booking, at no extra cost.


Does Yuu Kitchen offer vegetarian and vegan options?

Yes, there are vegetarian and vegan options on the menu.

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Is Yuu Kitchen's weekend brunch bottomless?

Yes, you can enjoy free-flowing bubbles or beer alongside your brunch.

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When are Yuu Kitchen's bottomless bao nights?

Bottomless bao is available at Yuu Kitchen on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

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Meet the team
Yuu Kitchen

Jon de Villa

Head chef

Yuu Kitchen is the brainchild of experienced restaurateurs and long-time friends, Stephen Lowe and Jon de Villa. Head chef Villa has previously worked in the kitchens at Nobu and Bone Daddies, and brings his wealth of experience to Yuu Kitchen’s menu of contemporary South-east Asian and pacific rim dishes.

Yuu Kitchen is featured in

Yuu Kitchen Events

£37.00The Taste of Yuu Master
The Taste of Yuu Master

31 Jul 2021 until 31 Jul 2022

10 sharing dish menu with bottomless prosecco or beer, 1.5 hours

Saturdays; at 11pm, 1pm, and 3pm.

Sundays; at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.





Full Details

Location for Yuu Kitchen

29 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6NE

020 7377 0411


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 05:30-22:00
Fri 05:30-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 11:00-16:00
Sun 12:00-16:00

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