Alan Yau OBE has been behind the scenes at some of London’s biggest restaurants for the last 25 years (ever heard of Wagamama?) as well as launching Soho’s Yauatcha and Hakkasan (the first Chinese restaurant in the UK to win a Michelin star). Now, the Hong Kong-born restaurateur is back from a three-year hiatus, with three new concepts set to open in 2020.
The main attraction? Chyna, a 120-cover relaxed seafood restaurant that'll be housed in Wardian London. The Canary Wharf complex will be open from next year and compromise of 766 high-rise flats, and the new restaurant that’ll overlook the South Dock.
Chyna will utilise its waterside location to take guests on a journey to Southeast Asia, replicating the feel of coastal towns with its menu of fresh seafood. The restaurant will predominantly be Cantonese-focused with European-style ingredients such as Iberico ham and sea cucumbers, while large tanks will house live shellfish for the choosing.
The second venture will be Yau Grilling, a 45-seat Japanese restaurant in the same location. Additionally, the third announcement is a permanent space for Yamabahçe, Tau’s Turkish pizza pop-up, that’ll move to Westfield Shepherd’s Bush in 2020.