From two of the founders of the world-famous ICEBAR London, comes Yuu Kitchen – a restaurant inspired by the flavours of south-east Asia and the Pacific rim

Yuu Kitchen’s décor is funky and fresh with homage to pop art and modern Asian style. It will be managed by 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 and Zafferano. Diners will be served flavoursome dishes in a sharing style. Highlights include Bao buns filled with twice-cooked 7up Braised Pork Belly and Crispy Soft-shell Crab; Salmon Jalapeño Tostada; Butternut & Sweetcorn Pot Stickers; Poke with Tuna, Salmon, Whitefish and Octopus; through to Peanut Chicken on the Big Green Egg grill.

Wine, Bubbles and Beer will be on tap – literally. The drinks menu includes seasonal cocktails such as the Asian Persuasion: Japanese Whiskey, Plum Wine, Almond, Lemon and Orange Juice, or the Yuu Collins with Yuzushu Sake, Gin, Lemon Juice topped with Soda. A carefully selected Sake menu is also available to complement meals.


“Yuu Kitchen has been a dream of mine since travelling extensively over the last ten years from my native Australia, working in the Maldives and the UK,” Jon (Jonny) de Villa told Essential Journeys. “We were planning to open Yuu Kitchen all the way back in the days of Sydney and now, having gained over 20 years’ experience, are excited to launch this new venture. We’ve seen that casual dining is taking more of a precedence in the London dining scene and as such have looked to create a menu that takes some of the best bits of south-east Asian cuisine and Pacific Rim flavours to turn them into something delicious and of great value. We want to bring the multicultural diversity of Asian food that we grew up with in Australia and bring it to London.”

Yuu Kitchen have collaborated with Hong Kong-based artist, Lunatic, to commission some original artwork that will be part of the restaurant’s concept and brand.  The Illustrations that have been created have strong influences from Manga, Asian fashion, comic-book and pop culture styles synonymous with Lunatic’s work.

Yuu Kitchen opens on Wednesday 26 October, with a special offer of 50 per cent off the food bill from 26-31 October inclusive.

Yuu Kitchen, 29 Commercial Street, London E1 6NE. Nearest tube station is Aldgate East. Telephone 020 7377 0411, email and web