GK 2 used to be a sleepy market which people visited mostly for bathroom fittings but it seems to really have resurrected itself in the last few years. The newest swankiest restaurant in town usually finds a spot for itself here. The latest trend seems to be Japanese. Shibuya opened doors almost a year ago and wooed with its poke bowls and Youmee followed suit, with an easier approach to Japanese food.
A Soup-er Ambience
As you enter the small restaurant, you’ll notice black and white manga-like art on the walls matching with the black and white tiled flooring. All in all, it’s got a pretty cosy, young vibe to it. On the day I walked in, it instantly smelled of ramen, which can be great but also a little weird.
Who doesn’t love a well-stocked bar? Youmee has got everything from Japanese whisky and sake to your usual gins and vodkas to fancy cocktails garnished with edible flowers, pretty as a picture.If you’re in the mood for something potent, order yourself a peg of Yamazakura or a classic martini. For a milder kick, the gin-based Garden of Malaysia is a delicate, floral, delicious mix. The Bloody Mary-like Twist With Orchid (orchid infused vodka with sweet chilli sauce) is definitely an interesting drink too, if you’re feeling experimental.
Get On This Boat
If you’re eating Japanese, it’s obvious you have to kick off the meal with sushi. You can start off with four pieces or go all the way with their Sushi Boat - an assortment of 18 pieces of sushi, nigiri and sashimi. It’s good sushi but not the best in town, TBH (you’re better off going to Guppy in Lodhi Colony or Shibuya in the same market is sushi’s your goal). The dim sums however are very well done. Especially the prawn dim sum in yellow Thai curry and the duck and cherry one.
Moving on to mains (if you even have space left), there’s quite a bit to choose from. If you’re a meat lover like I am, the Belgian pork belly in a sauce of your choice is a good pick. There’s also a selection of Robata (barbecue) skewers and bowls of ramen. And a sushi pizza in the pipelines.
What’s For Dessert?
The Monte Cristo here is worth a peck and the peanut butter chocolate pie sounds quite lovely. Let us know if you try it?
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