food + drink Spitalfields

YUU Kitchen, Spitalfields

Bringing the flavours of south-east Asia and the Pacific Rim to the streets of East London, YUU Kitchen is a quirky and relaxed spot located on Commercial Street, Spitalfields. You’ll find some outdoor seating for sunny days and a welcoming, colourful comic-book style interior with an open kitchen.

Yuu Kitchen Asian Restaurant Spitalfields
Crispy Tofu with Kimchi, Kimchi Mayo and sesame bao

We decided to tuck into YUU’s new lunchtime special menu of five plates for only £21.50, available Monday to Thursday. The menu includes edamame and prawn crackers, a choice of Manga bao buns and one side dish, served with steamed rice. We loved the Aubergine Bao with Asian spices, Goma and Bubuarare, and the Crispy Tofu with Kimchi, Kimchi Mayo and sesame.

Yuu Kitchen Spitalfields East London
Sweet Sticky Eggplant, wok-fried with a white miso-glaze and garnished with crunchy shallots and sesame seeds and Chicken Karaage with banana catsup, Sriracha Hiroshi and spring onion – served with steamed rice

For sides, we recommend the flavourful Chicken Karaage with banana catsup, Sriracha Hiroshi and spring onion or the Sweet Sticky Eggplant, wok-fried with a white miso-glaze and garnished with crunchy shallots and sesame seeds. There’s a good selection of Asian beers, sakes and spirits plus a global wine list. We quite liked the idea of some sake with our lunchtime feast and our knowledgable waiter recommended the Bijofu Rei, a beautiful light and elegant sake, served chilled. All round, a satisfying and delicious lunch without breaking the bank.

If you can’t make lunch during the week, then YUU Kitchen also offers a Saturday brunch menu for £22.50 – plus, you can pimp it up with 90 minutes of bottomless bubbles, beer or cocktails for £47.50. Sounds like a plan!

YUU Kitchen
29 Commercial Street, London E1 6NE
yuukitchen.com

 

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