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YOKU – The much-anticipated signature Asian dining addition to No.131, The Lucky Onion’s beautiful Georgian townhouse in the heart of Cheltenham and the Cotswolds opened on the 11th of March 2022.

Owned by the entrepreneurial couple, Julian Dunkerton Founder and CEO of Superdry, and his wife fashion designer Jade Holland Cooper, this Tokyo-vogue Japanese Sushi and Asian dining experience will reaffirm No.131 as Cheltenham’s favourite place to stay and dine and opens a new world of aspirational dining and cocktail experiences in a unique and exquisite setting.

YOKU translates from Japanese to the desire of doing things exceptionally well, with care and kindness. This is the motivation and enduring essence for the complete YOKU restaurant experience, where going above and beyond is an uncompromising passion to surprise and delight.

The YOKU design, service, and culinary philosophy were inspired and influenced by Jade’s worldly travels, and this can be evidenced in the bespoke interiors, authentic artworks, awe-inspiring gold leaf vaulted ceilings, and exquisite drink, and cocktail presentations from Bar Tokyo adjacent to the restaurant. At the heart of the YOKU proposition is the authentic embrace of the Shun and Omakase centuries-old traditions, to deliver the finest seasonal ingredients, combined with the fine art of collaboration from the chef to diner, through personal interactions from the stylish open kitchen.

Delivering on the YOKU authenticity and signature dishes is the responsibility of much-celebrated Lucky Onion Culinary Director Ronnie Bonetti and rising star Chef Jesse Chung. The combined passion from the pair has seamlessly combined their expertise to embellish and evolve Japanese Sushi and Asian cuisine with an innovative and meticulous new presentation of Sushi favourites, and YOKU signatures, all thoughtfully served with extensive Sake, Japanese wine, and the pure essence of Tokyo temptations, in its cocktails.

Lucky Onion Culinary Director Ronnie Bonetti has been inspired by global cuisine throughout his career on several prestigious concepts including Rockpool by Neil Perry, COMO Hotels, River Café, Soho House, and Babington House.

His humble acknowledgments of cooking for a star-studded menu includes, Adele, Bruce Willis, Matt Damon, Britney Spears to name but a few. Much of his passion resides in also giving back and grooming the next generation of chefs. The birth of YOKU is a testament to this, having identified the exacting talents and passion for Japanese and Asian cuisine with Chef Jesse Chung, who will be at the heart of the concept, influencing the culinary direction and the curation of exciting Omakase guest dining experiences from the stylish open kitchen in the heart of the restaurant.
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