Discover a wonderful new dining experience made from three parts at South Yarra’s upcoming new venue, Yūgen Restaurant. Take a glass elevator down into an expansive basement, featuring ceilings that are six-metres high, as well as bespoke installations. Yūgen includes a main restaurant, bar and private dining spaces, with a six-seater Omakase, and a dramatic orb-like booth suspended from the ceiling. Each space is connected seamlessly to the other, and will take you from dinnertime to the early hours of the morning. Yūgen Restaurant will open on Chapel Street this October.
This new dining destination is by LK Hospitality Group, the same team behind Yugen Tea Bar and Omnia Bistro. Meaning ‘a mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe’, this modern Asian restaurant features plenty of intimate spaces, filled with unique experiences to match the time of day.
Designed by Architects EAT, Yūgen features a large suspended sculpture by artist Jennifer Conroy Smith and Random Spaces, and plenty of cool dining spaces. Take a seat at the Golden Orb booth, a table that juts out over the dining space below.
Or, enjoy an Omakase experience on the mezzanine level. Let the chef take you on a culinary journey, filled with kobujime, abalone, A5 wagyu and engawa sushi.
The downstairs restaurant fits 85 guests. On the menu, you’ll find dishes to share, such as Jamon and Snapper sashimi, Abrolhos island scallops and Wagyu beef “hotpot” with mushroom and Sichuan butter. The kitchen is led by a strong team, including Head Chef Alex Yu, who used to work at Sydney’s Sokyo, and Head Sushi Chef Samuel Chee, whose past experience includes Kisumé and Nobu.
After your meal, take a seat at the bar and relax into the night, with their wide range of wine, cocktails and specialty sakes.