You may have seen me raving about Yauatcha over the past six months or so. Tim and I visited the new City location when it launched last year and we had a fantastic time – it even made my ‘Top 5 Restaurants of 2015‘!
We’ve got quite a few holidays planned for this year and couldn’t really take any more time off to go away for New Year, so we had a think about what we could do in London. We decided to go for a nice dinner together and try out Yauatcha in Soho.
I’d been excited for ages, as I’d seen their ‘festive menu’ on their website which included barbecue rib eye beef, spicy scallop and gingerbread parfait. I’d even e-mailed them in advance to make sure they were serving it on New Year’s Eve, which they confirmed they were. I was then very disappointed to learn, once seated at the restaurant, that this menu was only for groups of 4 people or more. This really wasn’t made clear on the website, it was rather misleading. We were also brought still water instead of sparkling (which we also got charged for and had to ask to be removed from the bill!) so the service wasn’t quite up to the same standard we experienced at the City restaurant. No major issues, but you expect top service at a restaurant like this.
Fortunately, however, the amazing cocktails and food managed to make up for that!
We ordered the following to eat, along with a bottle of white wine:
- Beef shui mai
- Har gau
- Char siu bun
- Lobster dumpling with tobiko caviar, with ginger and shallot
- Chicken cheung fun
- Venison Puff
- Steamed wild prawn with home made chilli sauce
- Truffle pork belly rib
- Egg white fried rice with dried scallop and asparagus
Please excuse that the photos aren’t super high quality, I didn’t really want to be snapping away on my big camera on New Year’s Eve!
The dim sum at Yauatcha really is the best I’ve had in London – it’s so yummy that I crave it for days afterwards. My favourite is probably the beef shui mai, although I really enjoyed the lobster and caviar dumplings – a lovely bit of luxury!
The pork belly was heaven on a plate for me – it wasn’t the prettiest dish to look at (although the edible flower helped!) but it was absolutely decadent and delicious! I would have happily dunked some bread into that sauce without a care in the world 😉
We had a lovely evening and as before, I would still recommend this restaurant for special occasions, as the food is superb and the service is normally excellent. We’ll definitely go back again, but will triple-check the menu beforehand next time!