The three-story, 3,900-square-foot restaurant will launch on Wardour Street on the site previously occupied by the Japanese restaurant Ichibun.
The ground floor will center on a charcoal-fired robatayaki grill, with a menu featuring Japanese dishes inspired by street food, including over 20 different preparations of chicken yakitori and cocktails to share.
Yatay’s first floor will feature a 50-seat izakaya sake dining room with a menu of plates to share, including those prepared on a traditional robata charcoal grill. Dishes will include fried gyoza, tempura vegetables, Asian salads, pickles, along with a list of sake drinks and Japanese sangria.
The basement will house an open night bar inspired by ‘roller zoku’ – Tokyo’s underground street culture – serving cocktails. The bar will be next to a recording room which will have a DJ booth.
“Inspired by the streets and underground culture of Japan, we are delighted to bring this unique and delicious offering to London for the first time,” said Andy Cook, Co-Founder and Culinary Manager at Yatay.
“With its world-renowned status and commitment to championing authentic Far Eastern cuisines and culture, Chinatown London was the first and only place on our list. Capital city.”
“Chinatown London reflects trends and traditions from across the ESEA region; Yatay adds to that with her unique take on what is culturally relevant in Japan today, ”says Julia Wilkinson, restaurant manager at Shaftesbury.
“Like the recently signed Kiwa Sushi & Grill, Yatay has a distinct identity, and these two concepts complement each other well, highlighting the variety of flavors and items a chef can create using a robata grill.”
Camilla Topham and Disrtkt represented Chinatown London while DCL acted for Yatay.