Yuu Kitchen

Barbecue, Fish, Fusion, Halal, International, Japanese, Korean, Pan Asian, South East Asian, Taiwanese, Tapas, Thai, Vegan, Vegetarian, Vietnamese·
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
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
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Lively, Quirky, Themed, Unique, 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

COVID-19 Update for Yuu Kitchen

Updated on 18 Oct 2021


We ask guests feeling unwell to notify management and/or cancel the booking in advance.  We kindly ask all guests to be familiar with basic government guidelines to help with the smooth running of the venue.

We have hand sanitizer at the reception, tables, and toilets.  Which we ask guests to use on arrival.

We are limiting staff interaction as best we can with tables.  We have reduced the need for paper menus by introducing QR codes so guests can view our menus on their own device. Disposable paper menus will be available on request.  As we have sharing style seating, we have measured out 1 metre distances, and have guests either sitting back to back, or side on.  Added to this we have installed glass screens to assist in social distancing.

We will also be operating a seat and greet for all guests to be taken to tables, via our 1 way system through the venue.

Our toilets have individual cubicles and we will be operating a 2 people maximum policy.  With 1 in and 1 out at a time.

We have taken into practice hand sanitizer after every task.  The teams have procedures in the kitchen to social distance where possible.  The teams have been trained on all policies to ensure we keep everyone as safe as possible.

The teams have deep cleaned the venue prior to re-opening.  Yuu Kitchen is always immaculately clean and well maintained, however we have added further cleaning times throughout the services to assist in keeping the venue free of COVID-19.

Read more on their website

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.

Restaurant Kits

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from £50.00

Yuu Restaurant Kits
We are delighted to announce that our Yuu Cook Yuu Kits are now live!  Please see THE MENU and HOW TO ORDER below to secure yours.

During the lockdowns the chef has been hard a work creating some very tasty and fun boxes to order directly to your door!  Jon starts the dishes for you, and then sends them on for you to finish and enjoy some of the best dishes Yuu Kitchen has to offer.

Our kits contains everything you need to build baos in the comfort of your own home, prices starting from £50 for two plus delivery fee.
Plus Fortune Cookies with a special gift from us.

We aren’t able to change contents of boxes, please see allergens on our online shop.


Available for nationwide delivery

Store pickup available

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Special offers for Yuu Kitchen

500 Points for returning diners

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £100 on Tuesdays to Fridays, who have dined in the last 60 days.

Offer expires 25 Feb 22.

250 Points for new diners

For new diners to this restaurant, spending over £50 on Tuesdays to Fridays.

Offer expires 25 Feb 22.

250 Points for lunchtime diners

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £40 on Wednesdays to Fridays, lunchtimes only.

Offer expires 25 Feb 22.

100 Points

For all diners any day, every time

Offers cannot be combined. You will be awarded the offer that gives you the most reward points.

Yuu Kitchen Menu Highlights


Yellowfin tuna, crispy sesame rice cracker, pickled radish,spring onion, spicy mayo


Yellowfin tuna, crispy sesame rice cracker, pickled radish,spring onion, spicy mayo


Your choice of filipino style sticky adobo sauce ORspicy carolina reaper chilli, spring onion, sesame


Avocado, spicy jalapeño dressing


Wok fried with white miso glaze,crunchy shallots, sesame


Pork ribs, asian bbq sauce, chilli, sesame


Bbq sauce, cucumber pickles, bubuarare


Carolina reaper chilli mayo, daikon pickle, sesame


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?


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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.

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 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-16:00
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
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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