Review on Yopo
Yopo is the new showpiece restaurant set within the independent luxury boutique hotel The Mandrake, replacing French restaurant Serge et le Phoque which closed in January 2019. The restaurant is named after a natural hallucinogenic drug that can be found in the Venezuelan and Brazilian Amazon. Located just a 2-minute walk from Oxford Street, the restaurant can either be accessed through the hotel or its own entrance on Newman Street.
Bathed in lots of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto a delightful courtyard full of passion flowers and hanging jasmine, Yopo has a stylish interior with crushed velvet grey and gold chairs set against textured wooden tables. Taking centre stage is the bespoke hand-painted mural on the ceiling, depicting jungle scenes of leopards and monkeys it was created by South-African born artist Peter-John de Villiers.
The kitchen looks to modern European cuisine with South American accents showcasing the likes of artichoke, broad beans, Jamon and grapefruit, proceeding a main course of charcoal grilled octopus, aji pancha and avocado or from the land Elwy Valley lamb loin, turnip, sea herbs and lemon. Desserts conjure up a sorrel sorbet, poached rhubarb, lychee, white chocolate ganache and meringue or buckwheat, date and hazelnut cake paired with smoked whiskey caramel and crème fraiche.
A well-researched wine list highlights South American and there's tasty cocktails like My Paulo Santo, Tapatio Blanco Tequila with kola nut soda and lime juice.
Yopo is also featured in: Michelin Guide, HardensRate this Restaurant
Modern European / South American
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.00 - 11.00am
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.45pm Mon-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express