Another restaurant has joined Downtown Pittsburgh’s ever-growing food scene. Yuzu Kitchen, a ramen and robata restaurant located on Wood Street Downtown (about a block east from PPG Place), has finally opened their doors after over a year of planning and construction.
Owner, Teejay Li, who also owns and operates Thai Foon in Robinson Township, is bringing the increasingly popular ramen and robata options to the Downtown market.
Leading up to their opening, Yuzu hosted “ramen popups” around the city in locations like the Livermore in East Liberty. These popular events proved how excited Pittsburgh is for Yuzu Kitchen to become a food option in the city.
While an official menu is yet to be released online, Yuzu’s Facebook page suggests that guests can expect dishes like xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), wagyu beef, pork marrow, and, of course, plenty of ramen and robata options.
Robata (short for robatayaki), is a style of Japanese cooking where skewered items are cooked on a small charcoal grill in front of the guests. Usually featuring different seafood, meat, and vegetables skewers, robata cooking has the distinct smokey flavor that only grilling can provide.
The name of the restaurant, “Yuzu Kitchen,” is a reference to Yuzu, a citrus fruit grown in China, Japan, and Korea. The dishes at Yuzu Kitchen will be influenced by the cuisine in China, Japan, and Korea.
Yuzu Kitchen is now open Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., and Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., with a daily one-hour break from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Yuzu Kitchen (409 Wood Street)