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Published February 14th 2016
Mr M’s not so secret mistress
The latest project for the owners of the popular Japanese restaurant Mr Miyagi's has been to extend the restaurant with the addition of a bar out the back. Yukie's Snack Bar has a more feminine feel compared to the masculine setting of the restaurant.
A mixture of natural light and neon glow blends together through the space to create a twilight-esque atmosphere. It's an interesting effect against the refreshing simplicity of the bright wood and polished stone. Yukie's Snack Bar is a welcoming environment, perfect for enjoying a few drinks.
The centre of attention however, comes from the street art just outside the floor to ceiling windows at the back of the venue. The large mural of Yukie herself is painted in a retro "Kill-Bill" style. It gives the place its attitude and when it catches the evening sun, it's quite the scene.
In line with the Japanese theme, most of the cocktails are made using genuine Japanese spirits, such as sake (rice wine) and shochu (usually distilled rice, however Yukie's uses a special blend with corn, which is delicious!)
For those who haven't had the pleasure of trying Japanese spirits, they hold a middle ground between wine and western spirits; the likes of whisky and vodka. They often have a humbling simplicity, following the sentiment that less is more. For example, sake is traditionally made using just rice and water, which might be why it brings such unique flavours to the drinks.
When it comes to the cocktails; Yukie's Snack Bar focuses on the experience around the drink. How you feel when you first see the cocktail and when you first taste it are key to the experiential journey Yukie's is trying to create. Because of this the cocktails themselves are beautifully presented, very unique and quite technical to make, such as a mouth-watering warm white chocolate and sake foam.
The playful atmosphere is enhanced by the bubbly and energetic staff, giving a sense of movement and setting the pace of the venue. The tables are closely spaced and create a very intimate atmosphere during busy nights, which is very similar to the famous tiny bars of Tokyo's Golden Gai.
Yukie's Snack Bar is a wonderful destination for a memorable night enjoying cocktails and the company of others. The modern Japanese theme lends a subtle exotic feel without feeling too forced, and the drinks are beautifully designed and delicious. You will want to try every one!