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“Creative fusions in bizarre surroundings”

Yunico Japanese Fine Dining
Ranked #11 of 733 Restaurants in Bonn
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, European, French, Japanese
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Exclusive and easygoing. Japanese dumplings, miso salmon with yuzu turnips, sorbet with Szechuan pepper and traditional nigiris and makis go down very well with the business clientele and Japanese food fans. The dining area is light and airy with cream-coloured furniture. The tables are round and the tableware is exquisite. White man-sized vases provide a striking decorative feature throughout the room. The staff are friendly and will help you choose the right wine and the right sake from a very wide selection available. There is even Japanese beer on the menu.
Cologne
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“Creative fusions in bizarre surroundings”
Reviewed 11 April 2014

Despite the name, this is not a japanese restaurant - more a Euro-Nippon fusion which takes the ingredients and cues from Japan and serves them in an innovative way that suits and tickles European palates. We chose the € 139 Impressions menu consisting of 6 courses plus two amuses gueules, a pre-dessert and post-dessert sweets. This was light cuisine at its best - a tantalizing array of tastes with sauces so light that it was mostly like eating flavoured air. We especailly relished the 'Butterschaum' accompaniment to the main lamb dish - a frothy concoction of melted butter, cream and truffle oil with the lingering taste of a sauce Béarnaise yet so light that it was enjoyed without Cholesterolangst.
In contrast to the kitchen which deserves the top rating the service, while friendly, youthful and extremely helpful, is not quite up to the same level. Although my wife announced she was a vegetarian, she was presented with a bite-sized piece of pork belly as a second amuse gueule - an error, however, which the service and kitchen immediately corrected.
And then there's the bizarre ambiente! Red plastic eggshells on one wall; arabian mirrored doors on another and strange white plastic obelisks throughout the dining area - all hardly Japan (despite the predominant colour of the rising sun). A further disappointment, the lack of a Rhine view - at least when dining indoors. We had asked for a Rhine view when booking the table and, although confirmed, our window table's prospective river view was obstructed by a large terrace and low wall at the Rhine end.
All in all - a top rating for the kitchen, four for the service and three for the ambiente. Viator Coloniae

  • Visited April 2014
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Sao Paulo
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171 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Overpriced and overhyped yet delicious”
Reviewed 26 December 2013

they don't make it easy for you to get into this restaurant. when we arrive at the hotel after dark there was no doorman or bell hop to give directions and the only receptionist immediately picked up the phone when I zeroed in on her. That was to bad 'cause the elevator (the restaurant is on the 5th floor) needs to be liberated by the receptionist. So we had to wait about 5 minutes for her to finish her business call. To give credit to the hotel: another staff member tried to help us but didn't have the right key to the elevator.
The restaurant itself is nicely decorated and radiates a warm atmosphere. What really got on our nerves however was the obtrusiveness of the waiters and the hype the make about little things. They make you think it was their restaurant that invented the oshibori....They are really a hard selling bunch yet not too knowledgeable about the Japanese names of the items on their menu.
when my (Japanese) wife order Suimono (essence) of duck she was served Miso soup! (which, btw, will set you back € 16, about US$ 22; an extra helping of Wasabi goes for €10/ US$ 13!). We had to wait about 10 minutes for the replacement. And my tempura came without the typical Tentsuyu sauce, the waitress apparently unaware of the connection ("you want a sauce with your tempura, sir?").
Having said that, let's now look at the quality of the food because that is EXCELLENT. Kudos to Nikaido-san and his team, the food they prepare is easily a match for the best sushi restaurants in Tokyo or New York and well worth the visit.
Additionally it should be noted that the restaurant, despite its name, doesn't just serve sushi but also offers non-Japanese food, like deer from the nearby Eifel mountains or the Black Cod from the not-so-nearby Atlantic Ocean that my wife had ordered and that was cooek to perfection with a sauce to die for.
To summarize: Outstanding food and if the waiting staff could tune down the hype and acquire a more thorough and less superficial knowledge about Japanese food it would we an unqualified recommendation.
One final riddle: on the bill they state that the prefer cash!!!! (they do accept credit cards, however)

  • Visited December 2013
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5 Thank AhasverSaoPaulo
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Level 1 Contributor
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“Authentic Creation,Wörth a Visite”
Reviewed 16 August 2013

Yu Sushi Club in Bonn is a Restaurant Worth a detour,with its Authenticity in its Creation and a very Good Service,is a Restaurant To watch in the near Future.Wagyu is a Must Try.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Avocado15
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Unique dining experience”
Reviewed 29 November 2012

Extremely attentive service at this uniquely decorated restaurant in modern kitsch style. We were even accompanied from the door of the hotel, through the lobby and hallway, up the elevator and into the restaurant. Although it was winter and we dined inside, there is a large deck for al fresco dining with amazing views of the Rhine. The sushi was extremely fresh and varied. There were also several complimentary hors d'oeuvres prior to the main meal, which were delicious, including an oyster gratin. We enjoyed a rather fine pinot noir from the Ahr region with the meal. The restaurant also has a very user friendly on-line reservation system, which we appreciated.

  • Visited November 2012
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2 Thank MartaH69
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Fabulous food in beautiful surroundings”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

We had an absolute delightful evening in the Yu sushi club this weekend. The food was simply excellent: very diverse tastes on a plate and a beautiful 7 course meal, while the surroundings added to the beautiful experience. the restaurant is set on the fifth floor of the Kameha hotel, with views of the river Rhine as well as the green surroundings of Bonn. This means when the weather is good, you are in for a pleasant surprise , watching the nice surroundings and various boats passing by: total relaxation. Staff was relatively young, but very very friendly and actually ensuring a light ambience which can sometimes be missing in similar type restaurants. As mentioned, food is simply great and there is a broad variety of choice, from various set menus (two to 7 courses) and a large a la carte section. We felt the price-quality ratio was well set. For a 7 course meal we paid 109euros, but this meant spending a good 3 hours with fab food in a fantastic place. Drinks can add quite a bit to the bill (+90euros for the menu or 9euro per glass), but this can be solved by ordering per bottle (approx 34 to 45 euros for beautiful wines). We were very well advised on the bottle we selected. Also, do not forget to visit the bar next to the river befre or after your visit. It is a very cool place to be with wonderful furniture and great music. And yes, drinks are expensive as several people before me noticed, but I did feel that this great place was very much worth it!

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Miranda P
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