Yuu Kitchen

Barbecue, Fish, Fusion, Halal, International, Japanese, Korean, Pan Asian, South East Asian, Taiwanese, Tapas, Thai, Vegan, Vegetarian, Vietnamese·
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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
Cuisines
Barbecue, Fish, Fusion, Halal, International, Japanese, Korean, Pan Asian, South East Asian, Taiwanese, Tapas, Thai, Vegan, Vegetarian, Vietnamese
Eat at Home
Takeaway service, Uber Eats
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Lively, Quirky, Themed, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions

About

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.

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Menu Highlights

Main Courses
SWEET & STICKY EGGPLANT (VE) - £8.00

Wok Fried with White Miso Glaze, Crunchy Shallots, Sesame

CHICKEN KARAGEE (VEO) - £9.00

Banana Catsup, Sriracha Hiroshi, Spring Onion

IBERICO PORK PLUMA - £14.00

Black Pepper Miso Sauce, Spring Onion

RICE CAKE & SPICY TUNA 3 PCS - £9.50

Yellowfin Tuna, Rice Cake, Pickled Radish, Spring Onion, Spicy Mayo

SASHIMI SET (TUNA, SALMON, HAMACHI) - £14.00

Wasabi, Ginger Pickles, Samphire

SOY & BUTTERMILK CRISPY CHICKEN - £7.00

Sriracha Mayo, Daikon Pickles, Chilli

CRISPY SOFT SHELL CRAB - £9.50

Wasabi Mayo, Lettuce, Red Onion Pickles


FAQs

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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Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Yuu Kitchen?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Yuu Kitchen.

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Can you book at Yuu Kitchen?

Yes - through the website. https://www.yuukitchen.com/spitalfields/

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What is the ambience at Yuu Kitchen?

Casual, funky and lively

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What is the dress code at Yuu Kitchen?

Casual

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What is the menu like at Yuu Kitchen?

Our menu is a tapas style, sharing menu. Lots of small plates.

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Does Yuu Kitchen offer gluten-free options?

Yes we have many options. The staff are happy to walk you through the menu with all the allergens.

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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.


Events

FreeTHE BIG LUNCH OFFER
Dining Experience
THE BIG LUNCH OFFER

26 Feb 2024 until 01 Mar 2024

MONDAY TO THURSDAY | 12:30PM UNTIL 2:30PM

Tuck into 5 delicious plates for only £21.50

This promotion is perfect for weekday city workers to warm up this winter with a hot lunch and wind down from the busy New Year tasks in the office!

Lunch includes edamame and prawn crackers, your choice of bao and one side, served with steamed rice.

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FreeDO YUU BRUNCH?
Dining Experience
DO YUU BRUNCH?

02 Mar 2024

EVERY SATURDAY | 12PM UNTIL 4PM
Serving up a Pan-Asian brunch experience like no other in the heart of London, guests can tuck into a delicious selection of Yuu Kitchen favourites.

Surrounded by our quirky manga mural telling the story of Yuu Kitchen, alongside incredible views of our chefs in the kitchen across our open-plan restaurant space, on Saturdays, we serve up a Pan-Asian brunch experience like no other in the heart of London,
where guests can tuck into a delicious selection of Yuu Kitchen favourites and elevate their afternoon by going bottomless.

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FreeTHE BIG LUNCH OFFER
Dining Experience
THE BIG LUNCH OFFER

04 Mar 2024 until 08 Mar 2024

MONDAY TO THURSDAY | 12:30PM UNTIL 2:30PM

Tuck into 5 delicious plates for only £21.50

This promotion is perfect for weekday city workers to warm up this winter with a hot lunch and wind down from the busy New Year tasks in the office!

Lunch includes edamame and prawn crackers, your choice of bao and one side, served with steamed rice.

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Location

29 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6NE

020 7377 0411 020 7377 0411

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Opening Times

Brunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:00
Tue 17:30-22:00
Wed 17:30-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri 17:30-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun Closed

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