Peruvian restaurant Yuyo, the latest from the El Chile group, was highly anticipated, where diners looked forward to new flavors amidst a market saturated with New American restaurants. Taking over the group’s now-shuttered burger spot’s original location El Sapo, Yuyo has proved a buzzy spot on Manor Road. Read on for the early word on Yuyo:
The food: Matthew Odam of the Statesman praised the extensive roster of eight ceviches and the “dishes bright with aji amarillo.” Though seafood is prevalent, Veronica Meewes of Zagat highlighted the “thoughtfully prepared vegetable dishes,” a sentiment echoed by Jessi Devenyns of the Chronicle. Yelpers also seem to love the desserts, like the Wow Cacao, a chocolate and dulce de leche cake paired with passion fruit ice cream.
The drinks: Devenyns noted that the cocktails “deserve their own accolade,” calling the tropical and spicy drinks “bold” with “rich flavors.” The unique cocktail menu is mostly pisco-based.
The space: Devenyns called the space “airy and bright,” with appropriate nods to indigenous Peruvian culture. Mewes also complimented the “light and bright” space with colors and textures against white walls.
The overall experience: The most common complaint about Yuyo seems to be its price point, which many Yelpers think is too expensive. However, most agree that the food is high quality, with flavorful dishes and fresh seafood.