Popular Filipino restaurant goes from strength to strength
Yuu Kitchen launches its latest residency at ICEBAR London in Heddon Street on June 27th. Yuu Kitchen is inspired by the fun and freshness of flavours from south-east Asia and the Pacific Rim and the team from Yuu Kitchen Spitalfields are delighted to bring their new offering to a more intimate setting off Regent Street, W1. Yuu Kitchen was created by experienced restaurateurs and long-time friends from Australia, Stephen Lowe and Jon de Villa. Head Chef Jon’s menu is inspired by his heritage and travels across South-East Asia and brings in his experience from Nobu London.
The thrill of the arrival begins at the entrance on Heddon Street, where an atmospheric mural staircase transports you immediately to the edgy underground scene of a Japanese street, lit only by neon, opening out into a basement bar and restaurant with absolute wow factor – the lounge features a long high-top table seating 10-12 and the main dining area is presided over by a back-lit 25 foot long Asian dragon or Shenlong created by celebrated Hong Kong artist, Lun Wong. With moody lighting and more art in the booths, it provides the perfect backdrop for some of London’s most innovative south-east Asian and Filipino inspired dishes.
Continuing the theme from Yuu Kitchen’s original restaurant in Spitalfields, the team have collaborated again with artist Lun Wong, known as Lunatic, by commissioning bespoke art pieces for the venue to continue the story of the artwork.
To coincide with the newly relaunched ICEBAR, Yuu Kitchen Mayfair represents an opposite theme of heat and ice. The drawing style of the artwork is very similar to the original Yuu Kitchen Aldgate’s style but modernised and slightly simplified. The mural is of a Dragon which has strong significance both within Asian culture and the theme of fire, as well as running parallel as an eastern dragon to the ICEBAR’s western dragon. All artwork revolves around the themes of fire and revenge – a fitting tale for the lone mobster.
South-east Asian food is at the core of the Yuu Kitchen menu and whilst Japanese flavours feature heavily, the menu also pays homage to Head Chef, Jon de Villa’s heritage, with a Pinoy section giving a nod to Filipino cuisine and some of Jon’s family recipes handed down over the years. Perhaps south-east Asia’s last secret cuisine, Philippine inspired food is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Spanish and American influences.
Indulge in favourites such as soft pillowy Taiwanese Bao Buns with a range of fillings from Panko Jackfruit to Soft Shell Crab or Pork Belly Braised in 7UP, Japanese sweet and sticky Miso Eggplant, Vegetarian Vietnamese Ssam and Chicken or Baby Octopus Karaage.
Pinoy classics with a Yuu twist includes Lechon Kawali (12 hour braised pork belly with Mama Sita’s sauce) Crispy Pigs Ears and Chicken Insasal. Jon’s Pinoy dishes introduces guests to Filipino favourites with a London touch. Maximum flavours from slow-cooked meats, 12 hr braised Lechon Kawali, delicious home-made recipes, like the tangy adobo wings, brings a fresh new take on familiar dishes.
The innovative dessert menu includes Ice cream Bao in a range of flavours from vibrant purple vegan Ube, to Coconut Bread Cake, Ube Cassava Cake and Avocado and Yuzu Parfait.
Yuu Kitchen Mayfair @ ICEBAR London, 31-33 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BN
Open Monday – Saturday, Sunday from 12 midday -5pm
Yuu Kitchen Mayfair has a 70 cover restaurant, Lounge 26 and al fresco dining for approx. 30.
Yuu Kitchen Spitalfields 29 Commercial Street, London E1 6NE
Yuu Kitchen Kentish Town @ Lady Hamilton Pub 281 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2JS
Yuu Kitchen is inspired by the fun and freshness of flavours from south-east Asia and the Pacific Rim. The restaurant is managed by two of the Directors, Australian friends, Stephen Lowe (General Manager); a long time London restaurant manager, previously of ICEBAR London and Jon de Villa (Head Chef); previously of Nobu, Nobu Berkeley, Bone Daddies and Zafferano.
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Yuu Kitchen Artwork
The direction for the artwork design is a continuation of the story of Yuu Kitchen Aldgate, following the protagonist Tsuyoshi and his life 3 years later (to present day). Having narrowly escaped his attempted assassination, Tsuyoshi decides to leave Hong Kong as he soon realises that he will be either a wanted man or assumed dead. Accepting that he must live his life in hiding he decides to flee to Japan and seeks revenge on the people who set him up at a formal dinner