PICS: We checked out new Asian tapas bar YU in Cape Town's Foreshore
If YU keeps up the energy of its launch evening - it can become a formidable Asian-fusion taps spot in the Foreshore.
Let's face it, restaurants open in Cape Town all the time. Seasonality is a thing that often haunts them, as does capturing the effervescent crowds that throng into the Mother City.
But YU has three things working for it that should keep it on your radar. Whether you're a local or popping in for a weekend or bleisure trip, those who attended on the night agree, YU is a vibey, young spot with a fresh mix of interesting flavours. It's modern with a certain energy, a definite modern twist".
No restaurant is worth its weight in salt if the food doesn't live up to the authenticity of the place. And as an Asian tapas spot - YU brings all the love with its flavour - catering to those who are in want of sushi, dim-sum as well as a sticky rib or two in the form of a Beef Short Rib Bao.
Having a vegan at our table on the opening night meant we got to sample some of their meat-free options too and the caramelised, tempura brinjals was such a taste-sensation. Try it.
The hero dish for me was the Seared Tuna, Tofu, Wakame, Mizuna & a Sesame Goma Dressing·
Other delights we tried included the Soft Shell Crab served with a Sesame Mayo, Pepper, Prawn & Butternut Dim Sum, Crispy Rice with Beef Wagyu Tartar and a Burnt Miso Mayo, amongst other.
Dessert options include Coconut & Passion Fruit Sago Pudding and something for those who love a bit of chocolate with a gooey fondant (always a winner).
Sitting primly on the side of the Onyx hotel - this is a natural stop-in for those city-living dwellers who prefer to take their dining, from coffee to tapas, in stylish convenience - which YU embodies.
The Onyx is managed by Newmark Hotels, Residences, Reserves & Lodges, it also offers 102 surprisingly affordable apartment-styled, self-catering suites for short stays. (The residential side is a part of a luxury property development by Signatura). Read my review here.
It also doesn't hurt that the Cape Town Convention Centre is right across the road - meaning a parliament of business folk could easily find themselves sauntering over after a hard day of conferencing.
Cape Town is well-known for its snappy set. This is usually found in buckets along the beach cafes of Camps Bay for example. But as the cosmopolitan CBD sees a wide mix of visitors, so those looking for something less dizzying than the nights of Long Strong and perhaps less touristy than some of the offerings of the V&A Waterfront - well then, the energetic yet smooth vibe of YU will be just right.
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