A host of celebrities headed to Yu Alderley Edge to celebrate the launch of its new menu, including Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn, Real Housewives of Cheshire’s Taylor Ward and Heart FM Breakfast presenter Lorna Bancroft.
Winner of the best fine dining Golden Chopsticks awards, Yu Alderley Edge were joined by other movers and shakers, including Dr Andre and beauty guru Armand Beasley. Sampling treats from the menu (exclusive to the London Road eatery), the fine dining destination hopes to bring another dimension to the UK’s Asian fusion offer.
Executive Chef, Victor Yu, is celebrated for his take on Asian cuisine and was named the best Chinese Chef by Gordon Ramsay and Head Chef Krzyztof Borowiak. At Yu, he has designed 12 new dishes that blend exquisite flavours. With the best ingredients, healthier cooking techniques as well as an array of vegan and vegetarian options, diners can enjoy the best of fusion cooking – either tapas style or with a more traditional a la carte experience.
Yu Alderley Edge is owned by Victor and brother Vinny, sons of renowned chef Charlie Yu who launched his first restaurant in Bolton 40 years ago and helps to run the acclaimed Yu Copster Green, in the heart of the Ribble Valley, with the brothers.
“It was a fabulous party to celebrate and let the people of Cheshire know we’ve launched a new menu which we know they’ll love,” said Vinny.
The new menu is exclusive to Yu Alderley Edge, a site which opened four years ago. Victor explains: “We have a different customer base in Alderley Edge and we have been working to create a menu exclusively for that audience with lighter, healthier dishes that retain all the hallmarks of the delicate flavours that have made Yu one of the best fine-dining experience in the UK.
“It’s part of our continued quest for excellence that has put Yu Alderley Edge in the same league as China Tang and Hakkasan. This menu has small plates for people who want more casual dining as well as a full a la carte. It’s about great value for money too with hearty portions because authentic Chinese food is all about simplicity and robust flavours. That’s why we start with the very best ingredients and have also worked hard on cooking techniques to cutting down on sugar, salt and fat.”
To celebrate they held a VIP party showcasing the new dishes, where Victor revealed his Chinese New Year signature ‘Pork Dish’ during the evening. Yu also partnered with The Edge Gin and premiered a Lychee Martini as part of its new cocktail menu.
Four new small plates (prices from £6.95), include the melt-in-the mouth Char Sui Puff Pastry, vegan Stir Fried Aubergine & Okra, Wagyu Beef and Asparagus Spring Roll and tender Salt and Pepper Scallop.
There are three mouth-watering new signature starters (from £9.50) – Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Tuna Tartare and a giant Fresh Water King Prawn.
“People mistake the prawn for lobster tail because it’s so big, but the prawn is tastier which is why we have chosen it,” said Victor.
New main dishes (from £16.50), include a beautiful re-working of the traditional beef and tomato favourite by Head Chef Krzysztof, using Grain-fed Ribeye and seasonal tomatoes. Other innovative dishes are the Salt & Pepper Chicken Honey Roasted Cashew Nuts, Thai Roasted Salmon, Laksa King Prawn Curry and a vegan show-stopping Miso Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower that looks like a coral reef and tastes out of this world.
“The craft and care that has gone into these dishes to create the most exquisite taste are unrivalled,” added Victor.