Yu Tang or Yu & Tang is a restaurant chain proposing bubble milk tea and some japanese dish such as Udon, gyoza, fried chicken and some other dishes.
It’s not clear to me where this franchise was born, but it seems like it’s from Vietnam and since Vietnam and Japan are not so far away from each other I can only presume that the founder is a Japanese immigrant or simply a Japanese cuisine enthusiast.
The only important questions are : are their food worth your time and is a good deal ?
Yu Tang seems to be a new franchise so it’s mainly located in big cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh or Hai Phong.
We had the chance to have one in Aeon Mall Long Bien but we tried this first time in Times City.
The restaurants looks very nice from the outside. The architecture, decoration and furniture are really pieces of art and suggest some sort of traditional Japanese architecture with hundreds or pieces of woods aligned with each other.
The place is fairly big and very open compared to other restaurant which gives it a feel of an affordable place where you can come and go without too much harassement from the staff, a great point in my opinion since you often want to eat something healthy and quick without breaking the bank when you go out.
The menu is fairly simple : some udons, gyozas, fried chicken, banh bao and some cheese sandwich. The rest is tea and milk tea.
Having a simple menu is a good thing in my opinion, everytime I see a restaurant where they are proposing more than 50 dish, I can already expect the food to be average at best.
In this case, having a limited offer guarantee that the focus will be put in cooking some great tasting dish. For example they don’t serve classic soft drinks such as coke or fanta. If in one had it can be very odd on the other hand it means they are very confident about the quality of their tea.
This night when we were at the Times City mall, we were coming from shopping and a visit from the aquarium. So the last thing we wanted was to have to sit down and eat for a long time. We wanted to be in and out all of this while having an affordable and healthy option.
We were for example more interested in going to Popeyes than a Seafood buffet restaurant. This restaurant being open, the counter being at the entrance, it really feels like a easy place to go in and out. The prices are very attractive as well compared to other options.
You can for example count a little over 100,000 vnd for a delicious Udon soup. For two person you’ll pay around 250,000 vnd or a bit more which is perfect I think.
After being sitted we waited something like 10 minutes before getting our first orders. Sometimes during rush hour you’ll have to wait at least 30 minutes even in McDonald’s. So if you are in a hurry this is a good option as well.
First dish to come was some udon Ramen Style and I have to say it looked great and tasted delicious. The broth had some strong aromas and the perfect amount of saltiness.
The meat was a delicious as the one you can find in a real Ramen Restaurant. The udon were perfectly cooked. Udon is for Japanese what Banh Canh is to Vietnamese people, it’s a comfort food.
The carrot and beef style Udon was also delicious. the selected meat was tender and it had some of these beef tendons which are so great especially in Pho.
Honestly I have to say that these Udons were very good in quality and taste. For 109,000 vnd sometimes even the small restaurants can’t do better.
The Gyoza from Yu Tang were delicious as well. I don’t know if they were fresh but they were better in taste than the ones I’ve tried in other restaurants so far. They only come by 3 and you have to get the sauce yourself at the counter which is mostly vinegar but still delicious.
7.9 out of 10
Overall we were pleaseantly surprised with Yu Tang. We have one in Aeon Mall Long Bien but never had the chance to try before, but now, whenever I will want to have some delicious and healthy comfort food, I know where to go.
Also one hidden positive is that your kids and babies should be able to eat the dish without too much complaining.
Now the only thing left for us to do is to try their Bubble tea Banh Bao and Cheese sandwiches and we can’t wait to try !
Yu Tang Dining Times City
Address : XVW9+HCH, Khu đô thị Times City, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội
Phone : 1900 6622
Website : https://yutang.vn/
Facebook : https://fr-fr.facebook.com/yutangvn/