Truly Sensational

Simon Smith was delighted to experience renowned chef Victor Yu cook for him and his guests at home

Victor Yu is an icon in the cookery world, his restaurant Yu was voted Best Chinese Restaurant in the World by none other than Gordon Ramsay! Victor honed his skills at first under his accomplished father, Charlie Yu, and then working alongside many other world-renowned chefs.

The reputation of Yu Copster Green is amazing and the food is truly sensational – all orchestrated by Victor.

The opportunity to have a chef of Victor’s status coming to your home to prepare a menu designed by him exclusively for you and your friends, or maybe even a corporate event seems almost unbelievable, but now it is possible! Victor and a small, specially selected team will come to your home and prepare a meal that is ultimately memorable!

We were delighted for Victor to host such an event in our home for 11 guests all excited to be in the presence of such a lovely, talented man. The process started with Victor checking the facilities available in our kitchen so he could bring along any equipment he needed. We decided to let Victor make all the decisions for us as we wanted to have something special that perhaps we wouldn’t have had at Yu. As Victor pointed out when chatting to us, the choice is yours, it can be Chinese fine dining or, equally superb, your favourites from the restaurant – or mix and match.

Victor also enquired about allergies and our gluten-free guest was accommodated seamlessly.

Victor’s team of four included the wonderful Alex a mixologist, who very attentively looked after our guests’ drinks and crafted us a delicious welcome drink based on Swedish vanilla vodka, Cointreau and fizz which was absolutely delightful.

Our amazing dinner started with traditional prawn crackers and delicious spring rolls, while we chatted in eager anticipation.

The starter, premium Orkney diver scallops were served simply, but perfectly with chilli and soy in a shell, sweet succulent and delicious.

From the menu we expected crispy duck, but what we got was Royal Peking duck – a thinly sliced breast of magically spiced tender duckling, topped with caviar and served with hoisin, cucumber and steamed pancakes. This was an amazing dish, the caviar complementing the duck perfectly, a truly royal dish indeed!

A little rest followed with excited chatter among our guests, wines and water topped up discreetly by Alex – it really did feel very special.

A main course of the most tender fillet of beef, succulent and accompanied by Victor’s ‘master stock’ sauce, Shitake mushroom and egg fried rice, was simply perfection on a plate! Victor explained that the master stock is continually added to as time goes by to provide a continuity of complex and truly amazing flavours.

To round off a superb evening toffee apples and ice cream, perhaps not traditionally Chinese, but wow, they were gorgeous!

The team can cook for 10 to 12 people (minimum 10) and the deal includes a welcome drink, glassware, plates, napkins, chopsticks and menus and of course, the lovely staff and the enigmatic Victor Yu. A night we will remember for a long time – thank you guys.

Yu Copster Green
500 Longsight Road, Copster Green BB1 9EU
01254 240665



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