The first YOY restaurant of modern Ukrainian cuisine opened in Dubai. The facility is located in Palm Jumeirah, The Pointe.
“Our task is to transmit Ukrainian culture through gastronomic diplomacy.” Marketing Director Oleg Sadkovskyy tells “Emirates Today”.
YOY has a permanent menu and dishes that will change depending on the chef – the restaurant plans to bring in 10 to 12 chefs a year.
The restaurant offers to taste borscht from the oven, banoche with chestnuts, balls with asparagus and truffle cream, balls with cherry, cheese with spruce jam or “coconut fat”.
The team says so “work with fire” it is their core competence.
The menu has a large number of drinks with “unexpected taste”. For example, ryazhenka from a wood-fired oven, which is served with baked pumpkin, fries and Jerusalem artichoke, or signature kvass on rye bread.
There’s also an alcoholic menu: 10-ingredient horseradish, pepper with honey, cherry liqueur and coffee, and smoked pear tincture aged in oak.
The interior is dominated by minimalism and a lot of wood, which should look like a real Ukrainian house.
YOY has many interior items handmade in Ukraine: a chandelier in the shape of a stork’s nest, clay jugs from a Transcarpathian craftsman, Kosovar pottery, and carpets from a Carpathian mountain village.
The open kitchen is built around a wood stove. 4,000 tiles created by Ukrainian artist Oksana Chepurna were commissioned for her from the Lviv Tile Company.