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 in or taking away.
|Upstairs Dining Room|
|Our Table and Pot of Blue Tea|
Ever started a meal with tea? Neither had we, it was a refreshing and interesting way to start the "Taste of Yauatcha" menu.
|Pickled Cucumbers with Soy Sauce and Chilli Dipping Sauces|
|Crystal Dumplings and Har Gau|
Despite being huge meat lovers we found the vegetarian crystal dumpling filled with Pumpkin and mushroom to be pleasurable. The Har Gau (shrimp dumplings) were delicate, light and packed full of flavour. The texture of these dumplings was just right and not being overly soggy.
|Baked Venison Puff and Mushroom Spring Roll|
|Prawn and Beancurd Cheung Fun|
This was another standout for us both. The Beancurd was lightly fried and added a nice depth of crunch and texture to the dish. The portion had just the right amount of prawns throughout, and these were cooked to a good standard.
|Selection of Dumplings|
The King Crab Shanghai siew long bun was filled with a delicate broth when opened, but maybe lacked a strong punch of crab flavour. The Prawn shui mai with chicken was the better of the two dumplings, with a generous amount of succulent prawns and chicken.
|The presentation of the intricate pieces was something to be marvelled at.|
|Crispy Aromatic Duck|
We loved that the crispy duck was carved from the bone at the table. The duck wasn't too dry and the skin was lovely and crisp. This was from the a la carte menu and cost £17, well worth it in our opinion.
Without being spectacular this was a fairly solid dessert course. The presentation was outstanding and the dish had some fairly impressive flavours to match. The Matcha green tea base actually tasted better than we expected, it didn't overpower the rest of the flavours. The hazelnuts were a welcome addition which added a depth of texture and another dimension to the dessert. Yuzu was a new ingredient for us both and it's cirtrus tastes weren't unpleasant in the slightest.
For a Michelin star restaurant to offer a menu at £28.88 for two people, you may not expect it to be of a high quality or to be of considerable size. To our surprise we found the “Taste of Yauatcha” menu to be superb value. Each course was creative and packed full of great flavours. This was our first dim sum experience and we were glad we chose Yauatcha. The desserts were also a standout, not just looking great, but also delicious to eat.
|Selection of Macaroons|