• Jessica Ward


Celebrities, including Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn, Real Housewives of Cheshire’s Taylor Ward and Heart FM Breakfast presenter Lorna Bancroft, flocked to winner of the best fine dining Golden Chopsticks awards, Yu Alderley Edge, to celebrate the launch of its new menu.

They were joined by other mover and shakers including renowned plastic surgeon Dr Andre and beauty guru Armand Beasley, to sample treats from the menu which is exclusive to the London Road eatery and brings another dimension to the UK’s Asian fusion offer.

Executive Chef, Victor Yu, celebrated for his take on Asian cuisine and named the best Chinese Chef by Gordon Ramsay and Head Chef Krzyztof Borowiak, have designed 12 new dishes that blend exquisite flavours, the best ingredients, healthier cooking techniques as well as more vegan and vegetarian options, to create the new menus.

It means diners can enjoy the best of fusion cooking either tapas style with an extended range of small plates or a traditional a la carte experiences. And the VIP guests couldn’t wait to tuck in.

Yu Alderley Edge is owned by Victor and brother Vinny, sons of renowned chef Charlie Yu who launched his first restaurant in Bolton 40 years ago and helps to run the acclaimed Yu Copster Green, in the heart of the Ribble Valley, with the brothers.

The new menu is exclusive to Yu Alderley Edge which opened four years ago, explained Victor: “We have a different customer base in Alderley Edge and we have been working to create a menu exclusively for that audience with lighter, healthier dishes that retain all the hallmarks of the delicate flavours that have made Yu one of the best fine-dining experience in the UK.

“It’s part of our continued quest for excellence that has put Yu Alderley Edge in the same league as China Tang and Hakkasan. This menu has small plates for people who want more casual dining as well as a full a la carte. It’s about great value for money too with hearty portions because authentic Chinese food is all about simplicity and robust flavours. That’s why we start with the very best ingredients and have also worked hard on cooking techniques to cutting down on sugar, salt and fat.”

To celebrate they held a VIP party showcasing the new dishes where Victor revealed his Chinese New Year signature Pork dish during the evening. Yu also partnered with The Edge Gin and premiered a Lychee Martini as part of its new cocktail menu which it unveiled at the same time.

“It was a fabulous party to celebrate and let the people of Cheshire know we’ve launched a new menu which we know they’ll love,” said Vinny.

Four new small plates (prices from £6.95), include the melt-in-the mouth Char Sui Puff Pastry, vegan Stir Fried Aubergine & Okra, Wagyu Beef and Asparagus Spring Roll and tender Salt and Pepper Scallops.

There are three mouth-watering new signature starters (from £9.50) - Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Tuna Tartare and a giant Fresh Water King Prawn.

“People mistake the prawn for lobster tail because it’s so big, but the prawn is tastier which is why we have chosen it,” said Victor.

New main dishes (from £16.50), include a beautiful re-working of the traditional beef and tomato favourite by Head Chef Krzysztof, using Grain-fed Ribeye and seasonal tomatoes. Other innovative dishes are the Salt & Pepper Chicken Honey Roasted Cashew Nuts, Thai Roasted Salmon, Laksa King Prawn Curry and a vegan show-stopping Miso Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower that looks like a coral reef and tastes out of this world.

“The craft and care that has gone into these dishes to create the most exquisite taste are unrivalled,” added Victor.

For further information, bookings and details of events, visit yualderleyedge.com

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