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“Knockout dim sum” and fabulous desserts are the calling cards of this sexy, glass-fronted teahouse, which cocks a Michelin-starred snook at Chinatown’s run-down yum cha joints by dishing out dumplings with a bit of luxury – and a smile. “Original and exciting” titbits such as spinach balls with prawn and cuttlefish, Wagyu beef puffs and fried squid with oatmeal and curry leaves are hot favourites, while slippery cheung fun, jasmine tea-smoked ribs and hand-pulled noodles have a “salivating” time-honoured appeal – along with bigger plates including steamed halibut with chilli and salted radish. The frenetic street-level canteen has an energy all its own, and there’s a “great buzz” in the basement where tropical fish, seductive lighting and flashes of electric blue create an underworld feel. Yauatcha has been going 10 years, and some say it’s “lost its lustre”, but we’d argue that its “epic” cocktails, giant rainbow macarons and fashion-conscious crowd are still right on the money.
We’ve been to Yauatcha on numerous occasions and always left very satisfied customers. We particularly like to go for Sunday lunch when there is a more mellow vibe and there tend to be less flashy uber-hipsters hanging around the bar. However, we’ve not paid Yauatcha a visit since super restaurant-operator Alan Yau parted ways with one of his crown jewels (he’s the Yau in Yauatcha)...
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To conclude our day of natural hair antics at ‘Women in The Jungle’, we made our way into Soho to a recommended Oriental Restaurant- Yauatcha. Yauatcha, is a contemporary dim sum teahouse located in the heart of London.If you have read our other posts, you know how we feel about customer service, particularly being greeted upon arrival. So to our delight we were greeted at the door and given the option of where we would like to dine, upstairs/downstairs? Opting to sit downstairs, we were escorted into an intimate oriental underground dining space; a low lit, hideaway from the hustling streets of...
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I was a little apprehensive about our visit to Yauatcha for two reasons. Firstly, because whenever we go somewhere serving Chinese food my gentleman companion seems to order everything on the menu irrespective of price or stomach size. The second being that Yauatcha is owned by the same people who own Hakkasan Mayfair which we found so disappointing; it was expensive and totally style of substance. I feared this would be the case at Yauatcha...
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I’ve been to Yauatcha, on numerous occasions, to purchase cakes to takeaway. However I never sat inside to dine, one cold dreary evening, I found comfort at Yauatcha and ogled over the cakes. Each item itself looked like it was spun into a masterpiece. I won’t lie it took me a good 10-15 mins to decide what I wanted, too many choices.As we weren’t there for dining, my friend and I were placed at the bar, the chairs looked like olden day washing baths and the seating was towering over a petite person like me. Before seating I already knew what cake I wanted, Pumpkin gingerbread. As for drinks Kumquat and...
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Ive spent nearly seven years making it my mission to eat out in London, and in all that time I’ve had Yauatcha on my wish list. So why have I waited this long? A crop of seriously bad reviews all focusing on one unforgivable flaw; service, or lack thereof. If you’ve read my previous rant, you’ll know that this one annoyance is enough to send me running for the hills...
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A Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant seems a bit off-kilter to me, not because I doubt the quality of the food but because I associate Michelin stars with poncy French restaurants, waiters with indecipherable accents all with a background of pindrop silence.But that’s where Yauatcha comes in – it’s retained it’s 1 Michelin star status for 8 years, a worthy achievement in London’s ever changing restaurant scene!...
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I love the stars in Yauatcha and by this I don't just mean the gorgeous star-like fixtures in the basement restaurant, but the stars on the menu as well. The restaurant is still quite dependable for dim sum after all; no wonder they've retained their Michelin star all these years. They do have big plates and actual dishes too, but I really prefer their dim sum offering and patisserie treats...
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To get us in the festive mood, T and I decided to go large with Yauatcha – if we’re going for Chinese, then let’s go for CHINESE (well, it’s not Michelin starred for being average!).Located in the depths of trendy Soho since it’s opening in 2004, Yauatcha is designed to retain the feel of a traditional Chinese teahouse which has undergone a big modern face lift. Their specialty is modern authentic dim sum (as the three pages of choice would suggest – they have 5 types of shiu mai! I have only every known one!) but they also offer a full al carte menu of plated dishes and treats from its patisserie counter....
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I love dim sum. Juggling slippery har gau with chopsticks, peeling opening bright white springy char sui bao buns to reveal the sticky pork inside, its the stuff dreams are made of. In short I absolutely adore it but being as most Chinese restaurants only serve it during the day when I'm usually squirrelled away in an office somewhere overlooking the M4 I don't often get to eat it. Not many places of any note serve the decent stuff in the evening and last year's debacle that was Ping Pong has made me very wary indeed. That said J&D were visiting from Liverpool with a craving for dim sum which had to be sated. Cue...
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Yauatcha, founded by Alan Yau in 2004, is a well established dim sum restaurant in London. It is part of Hakkasan group which was acquired by Abu Dhabi investment company Tasameem in 2008. The group almost holds a monopoly of Michelin stars for Chinese restaurants in the city (Yauatcha, Hakkasan Hanway Place and Hakkasan Mayfair) with the exception of Kai. Yauatcha is different from many restaurants in Chinatown in that it offers dim-sum in the evening as well (dim-sum is traditionally eaten in the morning/early afternoon in Hong Kong) which is quite nice...
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For Chinese New Year this year, we were lucky to have our family member from overseas in town for it! To make it an extra special celebration, we went to Alan Yau’s Michelin-starred Yauatcha restaurant in Soho. This finally fulfilled yet another one of my dreams and that was to go and dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant!Yauatcha has a blue theme with a wonderful fish tank along one wall of the restaurant. Just inside the entrance is the counter fridge displaying the many eye catching desserts. The soft lighting sets the mood of the restaurant. There is some cushioned seating and also some round white...
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The restaurant is set out on two floors. The top floor, where we sat, is a very modern minimalist space, with clean lines and good lighting and tables not too close to each other. The only problem with the tables however is that they are just too small. And not only the tables. The chairs are not proper size – they seemed halfway between grown-up chairs and something you might find in a traditional Japanese restaurant, but not quite. I’m practically a midget and found the chairs uncomfortable and they would not be particularly kind to a larger posterior – not that I have one of course.I made C choose steered...
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A long anticipated visit to 1 Michelin starred Yauatcha in Soho London was finally fulfilled last month. We were all looking forward to sample the dim sum dishes, desserts and drinks that we had seen plenty of pictures online. As a party of 3 that evening, we ordered a selection of cocktails and mocktails...
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Alan Yau’s brainchild is in good hands with the Hakkasan group. I’d consider Yauatcha with HKK and Hutong to be the tastiest Chinese (fine) dining restaurants at the moment (granted, I’ve not made my way yet to Pearl Liang). It is one of my favourite places for a deluxe and relaxed Sunday lunch, which tend to last for hours. From the fried chilli squid to the venison puff to the crispy duck salad and crispy prawn and bean cheung fun…what’s not to like?!...
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Soho is famed for its diverse and colourful personality and has always been recognised as one of London’s most popular destinations with some of the city’s best restaurants and bars on offer.
Yauatcha’s bar, on the ground floor, allows diners to enjoy cocktails along with ‘small eats’ at any time of the day. Our internationally acclaimed mixologists not only execute the classics with flair but are constantly evolving new techniques and unprecedented cocktail design and flavour combinations. Ingredients include fresh fruit juices, Chinese and Indian tea, fine sake, premium spirits and Champagne. Signature cocktails include the Lalu, a combination of vodka, lime, lemongrass, oolong tea and lychee juice; the Kumquatcha mixing up cachaça, Campari, kumquats, lime and mandarin juice and the Kura Mi Ami martini made with gin, vodka, sake and plum wine.
The palette of design materials used throughout the space informs a modern interpretation of the old Chinese teahouse. Famed interior designer Christian Liaigre, has generated an emotional architecture creating the feeling of a traditional tea house yet with a modern twist. The bar concept and fittings are by Marion Guidoni, who has created a moody and striking space encircled by illuminated blue glass. The striking bar furniture is by Ben Dawson and includes low pastel leather sofa seating and a high marble bar with striking wooden cut out bar stools.
Yauatcha’s bar is available for semi private hire for smaller groups or for exclusive hire for a maximum of 40 people.
Please contact Tobias Gibreel on email@example.com or 020 7494 8888.
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