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  • 137 Flinders La (enter via Oliver La),
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9639 7073
  • Lunch Mon-Fri noon-2pm

    Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm


When Yu-u opened 15 years ago, its unmarked laneway entrance and attention-averse attitude made it Melbourne's first "secret" restaurant. The capacious basement dining room is still a thrilling place to eat, whether you're at the broad bar or in a shoes-off private parlour. Simple izakaya dishes are served with easy ceremony. Sumiso-ae is an unassuming yet beguiling tumble of avocado and salmon cubes in mustard miso sauce. Fried gyoza have supple skins encasing sweet minced pork. A separate yakitori menu gives chicken the beak-to-tail treatment: the thigh is as luscious and tender as you'd expect but it's the crisp, fatty furls of chicken skin, the dense morsels of heart and crunchy cartilage that speak of Yu-u's authenticity just as eloquently as its watchful, unobtrusive staff. A couple of rookie tips: lunch is a set-menu affair and the delicious buckwheat noodles must be ordered a day ahead.

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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Price:
  • E & M $10-$20

    D $8

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Yoshiki Tano



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