After a fun filled day out in the city with my main hombre, we found ourselves hungry and in Soho. No problem. This colourful part of London boasts an army of eateries, take your pick! We chose to say hello, or rather, Ni Hao to Yauatcha. A delicious chinese tea and dim sum dining experience I just have to share with you.
Yauatcha is a beautiful, contemporary chinese dim sum and tea house. There are several restaurants in the group, which extends all over the world, who specialise in contemporary cantonese cuisine, but also offer a happy collection of european inspired patisseries which utilise traditional Asian ingredients. It is fusion food at it’s most delicate and beautiful.
The bestie and I plonked ourselves down on a set of low chairs in the low lit restaurant and decided to order a tasting menu. We made a few swaps (as we always do) and shortly began sipping on delicate jasmine tea, poured from a beautiful duck egg blue teapot.
The food arrived quickly and was beautifully presented. Service was attentive without being intrusive, exactly how I like it.
The restaurant had a very Soho cool vibe, but wasn’t at all pretentious. The lighting, decor and furnishings were all beautifully curated and equally comfortable.
Now forgive my ignorance, but I’ll have to let the food do the talking. I’m not eloquent enough to describe the utter taste sensation the different dishes offered. All that I can assure you is that they tasted fresh, balanced and completely outstanding. Please do go and try for yourselves.
We opted for the Taste of Yauatcha Menu, a tasting menu which showcases some of the delicious foods available.
Taste of Yauatcha Menu
Crystal Dumpling Wrap with pumpkin
Baked Venison puff ( we made a swap for a fried vegetarian dumpling) & Mushroom spring roll with black truffle. Trust me, it was amazing!
Phoenix crown black pepper dumpling
Prawn and beancurd cheung fun
Sticky rice in lotus leaf with chicken and shrimp
Your choice of Chinese tea
And if after all of these delights you have even an inch of space left, you can indulge in one of these truly beautiful pastries. They are sweet art and almost too pretty to eat…almost
I’m ashamed to say O don’t manage to sample any of these delights. I simply overate at lunch and couldn’t fit another bite in. I’m undefeated though, I will return for a sweet frenzy and sample as many as possible. All in the name of research and reporting back to you of course. I consider it my public duty!
Do make time to visit if you find yourself in the area. You won’t regret it.