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Yauatcha made such an impact on one reader that he moved to London on the strength of a single meal at this Michelin-starred dim sum parlour and teahouse. Meticulously constructed titbits are the cornerstone of an "absolutely amazing" menu that runs from buttery venison puffs, piles of crispy fried chilli squid and "the best soft-shell crab ever" to delectable Anglo-Chinese desserts, cakes and pastries from the window display. Eat in the frenetic street-level café or descend to the sexy basement where padded leather chairs and a long bar (complete with a neon-blue fish tank) sit beneath sparkling black ceilings. On balance, we reckon that small plates of crystal dumpling wraps with pumpkin or pork and preserved egg congee upstage bigger choices such as truffled pork belly ribs, lobster vermicelli hotpot or crispy sweet-and-sour sea bass. A weighty list of Asian-themed cocktails provides endless distraction at special-occasion prices, but you won't regret a penny – especially as service is "of the highest standard".
A friend took me to the Michelin-starred Yauatcha a couple of years ago, a visit I remember fondly (as you can see from my choice of profile picture on the right, recreated below). I recently found out that they do ‘A Taste of Yauatcha’ from Mondays to Thursdays, 2-6pm – a mere £28.88 for two people. I promised myself I would go soon, but then I realised that I have a full-time job, which in this case is a huge disadvantage. Until I discovered bank holidays…I booked a table for the second May bank holiday, as my boyfriend also happened to be visiting. I counted down the days and even started following Yauatcha...
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Eagar to experience a different style of Michelin star dining from what we are used to, we decided to book up at Yauatcha and try some of the finest dim sum London has to offer.Part of the famous Hakkasan empire, Yauatcha has forged a strong identity for itself since opening in 2004. A year later the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, which it has retained each year since. The restaurant is famous for its modern refined Chinese cooking, with many small plates, along with main courses to choose from. There is also a dessert bar upstairs which is colourfully arrayed with desserts and macaroons for sitting...
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It is hard to associate fine dining with Chinese food especially in London, it is immediately linked to greasy takeaway food. Chinese fine dining in China is like French fine dining in France, it is a finesse show but once it is moved abroad the performance is just not the same. Located on Broadwick Street in Soho, sit a one Michelin star "contemporary Chinese dim sum tea house" Yauatcha.For a Chinese restaurant, the décor is very contemporary and sleek with a touch of Chinese origins. We were led down to the basement which is much darker and louder, a bit of nightclub vibe to it. If you're not here to eat,...
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It’s not everyday I’m invited to a Michelin star restaurant. I know, shocking right? I should have told you to take a seat before I made such a life-changing statement. Joking aside, even though I have visited several Michelin star restaurants, I do still get a little starry eyed when I walk in to one. I mean, any foodie would, right? So when Yauatcha invited myself and V.A to visit for afternoon tea, I was more than happy to accept. The Dim Sum and Patisserie has been on my list for several years now, but I’ve always been too absent minded to book.We headed to the restaurant around 3 on a Saturday afternoon....
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Dim sum is one of those foods you grow up with if you’re chinese. It seems to be the default choice for lunch gatherings. As a family, we don’t have a staple go-to restaurant for dim sum and are generally willing to try anything once, alternating between various restaurants in Chinatown and Bayswater and those closer to home.The choice this time was Yauatcha, a Michelin starred dim sum restaurant on Broadwick Street. The restaurant itself is very modern and slick, with blue and black hues throughout. We ordered our tea and selected a couple of dim sum dishes; some standard staples, others with a modern twist....
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It was the best prawn thing I’d ever eaten. Considering how many small pink bottom-feeders have made their way back to the sea via my digestive tract, that’s quite an accolade. Imagine a big, fat chicken drumstick, and then make it out of tightly-packed, succulent minced prawn. Bread the thing and dunk it in sesame seeds before deep-frying, and you get a beast that leaves the flimsy slices you find at most Chinese restaurants floundering away in the Great Bay of Mediocrity.
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I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Chinese food at Yauatcha in Soho. Now I know I could be challenged for the fact that Yauatcha isn't technically real ethnic Chinese food, but I'd been dying to try their dim sum. Yauatcha is the more affordable little sister of the Hakkasan restaurant, but probably just as sleek. On their menu you will find modern Chinese food and all day dim sum, served up with a side of style.
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Meal courtesy of Yauatcha Soho. The dim sum at Yauatcha represents an oasis of calm and beauty within the vibrant city of London. Opened in 2004, it’s no stranger to the Chinese dining scene, with a recent new opening of its second branch within The City, Liverpool Street. Below, a video from the Yauatcha website, a video that best represents the wealth of expertise and reputation Yauatcha currently holds in the restaurant and food industry.
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Time flies when you’re having dim sum. Being drip-fed dumplings somehow quickens the clock.Underneath Broadwick Street in Yauatcha’s basement dining room, steady time evaporates. Down there it’s perpetual night. The pitch-dark ceiling with its constellation of tiny spotlights purges the room of daylight. Cerulean glass, gloomy brickwork and obsidian floors interrupt quotidian reality: you can eat dim sum from midday to midnight, completely ignorant to the passage of time; unless you have a film to catch, which I did...
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I finally went to Yauatcha in Soho towards the end of last year. I’d heard good things and I’ve seen the photos of the macarons and stunning deserts so we decided to check it out! Now, I’m going to be completely honest with you – we really weren’t very adventurous with our ordering. Which I fully regretted afterwards. I think because we barely recognised anything on the menu we stuck to what we knew. Because of this I am dying to go back to Yauatcha to explore more of the menu.THE FOODThe first dish to arrive was the jasmine tea smoked ribs. I love the theatre with these – they are brought to your table...
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You may have seen me raving about Yauatcha over the past six months or so. Tim and I visited the new City location when it launched last year and we had a fantastic time – it even made my ‘Top 5 Restaurants of 2015‘!We’ve got quite a few holidays planned for this year and couldn’t really take any more time off to go away for New Year, so we had a think about what we could do in London. We decided to go for a nice dinner together and try out Yauatcha in Soho.I’d been excited for ages, as I’d seen their ‘festive menu’ on their website which included barbecue rib eye beef, spicy scallop and gingerbread...
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Yauatcha, located in the heart of Soho is known as a contemporary dim sum teahouse. Yauatcha opened in 2004 and received a Michelin star within the first year of it’s opening.The restaurant itself is an impressive space. Located in the basement of the building, the restaurant boasts a fish tank spanning the entire length of the bar. The interior has beendesigned by Christian Liaigre, who has created an exceptional open plan layout where the visible kitchen plays center stage and engages customers and staff alike.
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The blue restaurant in Soho has intrigued me since I moved to London. On the corner of Broadwick street, the restaurant displays an array of tempting desserts in its window pane. The more I read into London food, the more I heard that Yuatcha was the place to visit for Dim Sum. The restaurant has glowing reviews and has held Michelin stars for an impressive 10 years. The serial restaurateur, Alan Yau (also the founder of local chains such as Japanese Wagamama, Thai Busaba Eathai and Michelin star Hakkasan), is behind the Yuatcha restaurant and I was keen to visit the branch in Soho. So on a sunny bank holiday weekend,...
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