Chinatown welcomes new Taiwanese restaurant and bar concept

New Taiwanese restaurant and bar concept, XU has opened its debut 230 sq m restaurant at 30 Rupert Street in London's Chinatown. The 74-cover restaurant is split over two levels and features an emerald tea counter, where diners can experience competition level leaf teas and the theatre of a Tawainese tea brewing ceremony. Influenced by 1930’s Taiwan, the décor includes traditional Xiao Chi house wooden ceiling fans, five-seater pink marble dining bar and a hand-painted ‘Mountains of Taiwan’ mural.

Established by the founders of BAO in Soho and Fitzrovia, the new site is designed in collaboration with Brady Williams.

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'We are elated XU has opened its debut site in Chinatown, London, and joined our diverse mix of restaurants.  The concept’s Taiwanese origins presented as a modern dining experience, reflect our curation of Chinatown London to create a destination that embraces East Asia traditions alongside modern culture,' says Julia Wilkinson, portfolio and group restaurant strategy executive at Shaftesbury.

The news follows the announcement of Central Cross, a 4,459 sq m mixed-use scheme bordering Chinatown, London and providing a range of new double-height restaurant and retail units across up to three floors; and the recent signings of Thai operator Hot Pot and cult Hong Kong street food concept Bubblewarp on Wardour Street.

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