UBA Shoreditch: A Gastronomic Journey Through Pan-Asian Flavours

There are Asian restaurants, and then there’s UBA! This newly opened Shoreditch restaurant is causing quite the buzz, and for a very good reason. UBA takes guests on a gastronomic journey through Asia in the heart of bustling Shoreditch. Each dish is rooted in tradition but presented with a theatrical twist, from the freshest sashimi to delicious dim sum, ramen, and flavourful creations from the robata grill.

From the moment you step inside UBA, you are immersed in an atmosphere of opulence and sophistication. The decor is inspired by Asian cultures and mythology, with a colour scheme of red, gold, and bold accents. A statement marble bar commands attention, while red velvet banquette seating, lava stone tabletops, antique mirrors, and decorative lighting create a luxurious and inviting setting.

The culinary adventure at UBA begins with a selection of enticing small dishes. We over-ordered because the menu was so intriguing and varied. The miso caramel-glazed aubergine, served with fried garlic crisps and herbs, is a standout dish – not just for its flavour but also for its stunning presentation! Hands down, it’s the prettiest aubergine we have ever sampled. The beef rib tacos and rock shrimp-style tempura are both must-try dishes, offering a delightful blend of textures and flavours. The spicy salmon tartare and chicken xiao, melt-in-your-mouth buns are equally impressive, each bite delivering a burst of freshness and rich flavour.

For larger plates, the robata teppanyaki dishes are unmissable. The three yuzu shiso marinated lamb cutlets are cooked to perfection, offering a delicate balance of flavours with a modern twist, served alongside nashi pear tomato miso and kimchi. The imperial miso black cod, with its buttery texture and fresh chili lime yuzu sauce, is another highlight that shouldn’t be missed.

The culinary delights continue at desserts, where UBA offers innovative and refreshing options. The fresh lychee, jasmine, and raspberry crème brûlée with calpis sorbet is a serious showstopper, updating a classic dessert with an Asian twist. The vanilla tofu cheesecake, hidden beneath a fluffy cloud of Sakura floss and served with plum wine ice cream, is both a visual and gastronomic treat.

UBA’s cocktail menu is as indulgent and experimental as its food. The drinks not only taste amazing but are also visually stunning, begging to be photographed and posted on social. The Jasmine Pearl, for example, is like a trip to Thailand in a glass, with its fragrant and floral notes. 

UBA is more than just a restaurant; it’s a destination for those seeking an extraordinary culinary adventure. With its exquisite cuisine, opulent decor, and exceptional service, UBA should be on your culinary itinerary whether you’re a Londoner or a visitor looking to avoid the usual crowded tourist hotspots.

UBA Restaurant, 61, 67 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU