Yauatcha is another one of Alan Yau’s masterpiece (who also owns Wagamama, Sake no hana, Busaba and Hakkasan) and simply one of the best dim sum restaurants in London. It’s impressive how dim sum can be this good in London, even better to be able to eat dim sum all day long, finally a cure for our evening dim sum cravings. It currently holds one Michelin star, although strange for a Chinese dim sum restaurant, Yauatcha resembles nothing of a classic Chinese restaurant. Most of the waiters don’t even speak Chinese.
You can pop in to get any tea/dessert to go.
Notice the 2 shelfs of teas on the top of the picture!
Here comes the dishes. Remember tastiest first!
Cuttlefish cake (left) and roast duck pumpkin puff (right)
These two were the best dim sum of the meal. Cuttlefish was sandwiched with 2 pieces of lotus roots and then deep fried. Wow amazing, crunchy lotus roots matched with soft and tender cuttlefish, so yummy. - Roast duck pumpkin puff sounds a bit strange at first…..but it was the most memorable dish of all. See picture below of the inside!
Chinese chive and prawn dumpling
The wrapping was very soft and sticky, chives and prawns were such a great combination. A great remake of the classic dim sum dish. Looked beautiful!
Crab Siu Mai
Crab is not a classic Siu Mai filling, normally its filled with pork. However, the combo of crab and pork in this case was a great idea.
Vegetable xiao long bao
Xiao long bao was spot on! Juicy inside and boiling hot, just what a great xiao long bao should be. For those of you who doesn’t know this dish, it’s a traditional dish from Shanghai. You eat it by biting a small hole to the bun/dumpling, drink the liquid inside, then eat it like a dumpling. It was a great dish (though nothing compared to the ones in Shanghai).
Another classic dim sum dish. Perfectly cooked, not too oily.
The rest of the dim sum dishes were all very good, but similar taste compared to other chinese restaurants in london, so I’ll just leave you to the pictures.
Food (9/10) - one of the best dim sum in London, without a doubt.
Deco (9/10) - slick and stylish, nothing like a classic Chinese restaurant. There are beautiful cakes as soon as you walk in, along with shelfs of expensive chinese tea.
Service (7/10) - depends on your waiter, some were less friendly then others. Most very professional and attentive.
Cost (similar to other dim sum places) - three of us spent £65, which is quite good for value. Similar price if you have dim sum at Royal China, though beware of the expensive tea, ‘da hong pao’ tea is £26 per pot.