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YU Asian Fusion Restaurant Opens Its Doors in Cape Town

With its contemporary decor, impressive wine list and delicious small plates, YU Asian Fusion Restaurant is making its mark on the Cape Town foodie scene.

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Renowned for its world-class eateries, excellent wines and sumptuous fare, Cape Town has no shortage of impeccable dining options. And now the Mother City has added an equally impressive establishment to its offering in the form of YU Asian fusion restaurant

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Located in The Onyx hotel in Foreshore, just a stone's throw from the Cape Town International Convention Centre, YU Asian fusion restaurant is a welcome reprieve from the bustling business district, with magnificently moody interiors inspired by early 1950s Yakuza meeting points.

'These spaces were unassuming and the interiors often derelict, but they were warmed up with dimly lit interiors, rich dark velvets and warm timbers. We wanted to recreate this juxtaposition between imperfection and luxury,' say Yaniv Chen and Leigh Fink of Master Studio, the duo behind the design. 

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This juxtaposition is immediately apparent in the materials used throughout the space, as slatted wood panels reminiscent of traditional Japanese decor are paired with industrial-feel brick walls that have been finished with a generous coating of matt black paint. As with many contemporary fine dining establishments, there are the prerequisite pops of plush velvet and cool marble, but the addition of Japanese matchbox art and a beckoning Kraken-like mural remind diners that despite its high-quality offering, YU Asian fusion restaurant doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Inspired by the global desire for less formal culinary experiences, the extensive menu focuses on small plates that will delight even the most dicerning of foodies, with a smattering of bowls and main dishes thrown in for good meaure. Think hoisin calamari; tempura enoki mushrooms and yuzu guacamole bao buns; crispy rice with wagyu tartar; and marinated seared salmon with burnt spicy mayo to name but a few.

'Our menu lends itself to a sharing experience,' says restaurateur and owner Rory Jossel. 'It’s fine dining, but without the stiff three-course meal.'  

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As for libations, YU Asian fusion restaurant boasts a sophisticated bar and lounge for after-work drinks. The wine list is a thing of beauty, but if you're looking for something more adventurous, turn to the bar's selection of Japanese craft beers, sake and exotic cocktails infused with flavours like yuzu, soju, coconut and ginger.

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YU Asian fusion restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 12-11pm. To make a booking, email yu@theonyx.co.za or call 021-111-0453.