You’ll only say the word ‘Yauatcha’ when you’re:
A) Talking about a lauded dim sum tea house / patisserie in Soho, or
B) In extreme pain.
Let’s talk about the former.
Opened in 2004 by workaholic restauranteur Alan Yau ( Wagamama, Busaba Eathai, Hakkasan, etc.) Yauatcha’s ultra-modern interior – with dark leather seating, constellations of mini ceiling lights, and a strip of bright blue aquarium – matches the style of its food and drink menus.
Here’s how it breaks down:
It’s all about the dim sum here, and there’s a brain-boggling assortment of dumplings, buns, puffs, rolls, noodles, rices, soups and salads on offer. But whilst the choice is large, the quality is never hindered.
The desserts on offer in the restaurant are brought in from the Yauatcha Patisserie next door. Award-winning pastry chef Graham Hornigold (formerly of Mandarin Oriental, The Lanesborough AND Dinner by Heston) is responsible for a menu of handcrafted petits-gateaux, macarons, praline and chocolate.
Note: Dessert items are cheaper when bought directly from the patisserie, i.e. an apple vanilla choux from the dessert menu costs £8.80, whereas from the patisserie it costs £5.90.
The drinks menu is organised under the helpful headings: ‘Beginnings’, ‘Old Friends’, ‘New Friends’ and ‘Lucky Friends’, with a list of wines, sakes, cocktails and spirits denoting each occasion. There are cocktails from Hakkasan (the lychee & vodka Hakka, for instance) plus originals like the mezcal, ginger, and pear Pearl River Rock.
THE TEA HOUSE
Set into four handy categories – light, floral, complex and robust – the tea list is a mixture of leaves from China, Taiwan, Japan and India. Tea is available from the restaurant menu and from the patisserie by the pot or to buy in a caddy to take home.
NOTE: Yauatcha is open daily from 12 noon-1am (midnight Sunday), and bookings can be made HERE. No need to book for the patisserie, also open every day from 12 noon to 11pm.
Yauatcha | 15-17 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DL
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