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Yu-u

Address
Address:
137 Flinders Lane
Melbourne CBD VIC 3000
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 3 9639 7073
Cuisine
Cuisine: Japanese
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$$
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Awarded One Chef Hat - The Age Good Food Guide 2008-2014
Blink and you’ll miss the entrance to this low-key Japanese restaurant. Behind its graffiti-covered walls, Yu-u serves up fantastic modern Japanese dishes, offering something beyond sushi and sashimi. Position yourself near the yakitori grill and be transported to downtown Kyoto.

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LOCATION
Between Russell and Exhibition Street, close to the corner of Russell Street and Flinders Lane.

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A CBD laneway, an unmarked door, a long waiting list for one of the few seats available – Yu-u has all the hallmarks of a hip Melbourne restaurant. Venture behind the graffiti splattered red door and be rewarded by a delightful hidden gem that offers an intimate and authentically Japanese experience.

The dimly lit basement is simple and low key, with stainless steel, dark wood and polished concrete giving a modern, almost austere feel. Prime seating revolves around the U-shaped bar surrounding the yakitori grill where many of Yu-u’s delights spring from. Lunchtime fare is limited to beautifully presented and tasty bento boxes with a puzzle of plates featuring cold buckwheat noodles, soup, sides, a main and fruit. The colourful trays are popular with the lunch crowd who want something cheap and delicious in an instant.

At night the choice is more varied – fresh sashimi, seaweed salad or crisp and sour pickled vegetables make a great start with a Japanese beer or sake at the bar. The hot dishes are the standout here, however. Made to share, they are small and varied and might include succulent sliced pork belly cooked to glistening perfection with cabbage and Japanese barbecue sauce. Or there is the delicious nasu hasamiage – a combination of deep-fried eggplant and minced chicken garnished with grated white radish. Desserts are simple but make a nice finish to the clean, straightforward flavours on offer at this cool Japanese bistro.

Fans of authentic Japanese cuisine know it’s all about Yu-u.

Angela Costanzo
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 One Chef’s Hat
The Age Good Food Guide 2009-2012

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