Monday, February 22, 2010

Yu-u @ Flinders Lane, Melbourne

What? This is an entrance to a restaurant?

What? This is an entrance to one of the most talked about japanese dining restaurant?

Welcome to Melbourne. A city that is merely a square, it houses so many restaurants that it is not funny. With only so many days, what can one possibly eat?

Googling my way through tons of restaurants in Melbourne, i finally stumbled upon Yu-u. A quick read on the address, thinking that it would be in my face, so i mark the spot X on Flinders Lane and off i went. Walking along Flinders Lane back and forth, i failed. It was nowhere to be seen.

Then i decided to go walk around the alleys. I failed again.

Almost gave up, matter of fact.

Then i saw 2 ladies walk through some dodgy looking door in the picture above.

A closer look and you will see a small japanese word, presumably pronounced as Yu-u.

It is amazing how such an obscure place can gain such a cult reputation and the ambience is by no means what the entrance look like. A dim setting and a big U table occupies majority of the restaurant. For lunch, there are no more than 5 options for only AUD18. Eventhough i had wanted to try more, i couldn't, that was exclusive to dinner.

So i settle for 9 slices of fresh sashimi served with the warm sticky japanese rice, pickles, miso soup and a square of rock melon.

Value for money if i may say so.

Yu-u, i am coming back to find you.

137 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, 3000

(03) 9639 7073

The first door you see on Oliver Lane.

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. The challenge of finding of the place is worth all the stars.


Sean said...

yikes! guess they have enough customers, so they don't need to invest in a proper entrance, huh :D
ermm, where's the sashimi pic ar?

thule a.k.a leo said...

don't judge a book by its cover! tot u already know that???

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: haha its about tryin to find the place!

sean: went dwn the tummy b4 i realised..

J said...

Wah - successful treasure hunt! :)
(Fail lah Joe - no photo of the food! :P)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

When you go back next time, remember to take pics! ;P

Jun said...

yah! fail! no pics! how did u come to know of this place? surely this wasn't jt a lucky coincidence amongst the many restaurants that u googled!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Wow, looks like some alley in KL. :-P Don't they have stricter laws about cleanliness and stuff liddat? :-P

Precious Pea said...

Eh?? No photos of the food??

minchow said...

Love how inconspicuous the entrance is... like telling the intrepid foodie in us that if you care enough, you don't need a flashing neon signboard to find it! Still... go back for the food pics!!

qwazymonkey said...

Wow! That's the thing i like about Melb. Anything's possible, especially when you least expect it.

Welcum home

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qwazymonkey: yeah theres restaurants everywhere!

minchow: coming back soon i promise..

pp: yeah lor =(

ll: well alleys minus the rats, cockroaches n all sorts.. =)

jun: serious one, i googled, saw this restaurant and decided to find it!

bbabe: i promise ok?

j: yeah failed.

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CUMI & CIKI said...

WEI! where's the food .. :(

(i love the exploring bit.. the dodgier looking the better! cool you.. two thumbs up!)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: hahha in the stomach and out! yes exploring is quite fun and darn tiring, i will clocked the kilometres walking!

Libby said...

I'm planning to have lunch there sometime this week. Do you think it's necessary to book?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

libby: why not? i went on a weekday though and at 12 sharp so it was ok.

Anonymous said...

just came across this blog of yours..

I went a month ago and they told me specifically that no photos were allowed! (they didn't say of what, but I assumed it was of everything)