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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Opened in 2004, this modern-day Tapei teahouse is “still going strong” and still feels “very cool” with its atmospheric lighting, lively vibe and refined touches such as the tea and patisserie bar out front. Yauatcha’s trademark blue-glass frontage gives way to a frenetic grey-toned dining room, while a neon-hued bar, elongated fish tanks and candlelit tables await in the brick-lined basement. The comprehensive menu is populated by luxe Chinese standards such as truffled pork belly ribs, crispy fried lobster rolls and stir-fried Penang kwetio noodles dotted with plump scallops, although readers single out the spinach balls with prawns and cuttlefish in black bean sauce and the fiery Szechuan-style pork wontons with peanut. Set menus provide an accessible sampler, while the equally exhaustive dessert list includes no fewer than 15 different chocolates. Those after liquid entertainment will find all beers, classy wines, sakés and killer cocktails grouped into categories such as ‘exceptional’ and ‘discovery’. Yauatcha isn’t cheap, and we agree with gripes concerning leg room beneath the squat basement tables, but this Michelin-starred package is still a winner.

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Yauatcha Soho

15-17 Broadwick Street ,London W1F 0DL

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Great value for money!

by   silver reviewer (17)

Jun 2017

We decided to try the 'taste of Yauatcha' menu before a night at the theatre as it seemed very good value for money in a sea of good value pre theatre menus in the area. The setting is stunning with a dark interior flickering with candles and a twinkling night sky. The fish tank bar gives the restaurant a young, modern vibe. The service was impeccable, the kind of service you would get in a stuffy, Michelin starred restaurant, but with a friendly smile. The dim sum is to die for. Steamed...

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Nina K.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Yauatcha Soho

15-17 Broadwick Street ,London W1F 0DL

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A Basil Fawlty experience

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Feb 2017

Smart, snappy modern décor. Noisy. Low-level seats and tables a novelty. Great fishtank - gives you something to watch while you wait and wait. Food good, when and if you get it. Plenty of staff, but not sure what was going on. They seemed sullen, inattentive, avoiding eye contact. Waited five minutes for a menu, listening to the manager offering apologies to the complaining couple at the next table. After 15 minutes, a waiter appeared to take our order, then rushed off before we could order...

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Gill S.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 6

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Great food, but a couple of minus points

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Jan 2016

Food and drinks amazing, but overflowing paper baskets in bathrooms let restaurant down. Also not best place for people with long legs like us, as the chairs/sofas are very short. Kept having to rearrange legs sideways under table.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 10

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Yauatcha Soho

15-17 Broadwick Street ,London W1F 0DL

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Ten years on and still going strong

by   platinum reviewer (216)

Dec 2015

Editor's pick With the spate of new London restaurant openings almost reaching a level of frenzy, it is reassuring to return to old favourites which remain consistently good even having been open for over a decade. Yautcha is one of such location, and based on how busy the place was on a recent lunchtime visit, still very much on-trend. The restaurant still ‘feels’ very cool, with its atmospheric lighting and lively atmosphere, but there is also a clear element of refinement, expressed not simply via the food,...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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Dreadful service

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Dec 2014

Went for a meal on late Saturday afternoon. The restaurant was busy but not overly. The service was terrible and the staff had to be prompted several times to do things. The food came in a disorganised sequence with conflicting excuses as to why and was very delayed. The only time the service was speedy was when asking for the bill the manager could hardly get his card machine out quickly enough. This restaurant is a money processing machine with no thought or care for its' customers. ...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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by   bronze reviewer (7)

Mar 2014

The second time that I've been back to Yauatcha in as many years and sadly, I have to say that it's lost its glamorous appeal. The food was still great but the decor (particularly noticeable in the daytime when we visited for dim sum) is a little tired looking and scruffy. As well as the traditional dim sum menu, they have some original and exciting items like lobster dumplings with tobiko and wagyu beef puffs – both of which were absolutely delicious. The service was haphazard – the waitress...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Just great'

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Jan 2014

Eaten here a number of times, we always eat in the bar as it has a great buzz. Food is always great, from the prawn toasts to the steamed bass, all dim sum knock out, portions are great size as well – which can be a down side to dim sum. Always happy with my experience.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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    The Swindian :: Restaurant review: Yauatcha | The Swindian

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    Time flies when you’re having dim sum. Being drip-fed dumplings somehow quickens the clock.
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  • Cuisine: Chinese Dim Sum
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £63.00
  • Wine: £30.00
  • Champagne: £88.00
  • Private Dining: 40

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