I’ll cut up to the chase. This is an amazing place and I fell in love for it.
Yauatcha serves amazing Asian food. I can’t exactly identify from which country – let’s just call it Asian!
The whole place has a great contemporary vibe into it which surprised me since It’s not the typical restaurant one associates with a Michelin star (like I’ve been in a lot of them!). For me, this plays in their favour and it is probably what makes it more interesting. You get to have top level food on a relaxed unpretentious environment.
I ordered several small dishes. It’s hard to name a favourite. Everything was so original that I don’t have many references for comparison.
The dim sums are delicious and I’ve tried for the first time Cheong Fun – they were the highlight of the meal! A thin, translucent, soft look rice noodle that melts in the mouth. The best part is its subtle taste and texture which allows the filling to shine and be the focus of the dish.
Special mention to the three mushrooms Cheong fun. Then again, the one with prawns was equally amazing… well, also the other dim sums.. and the crispy duck, and the scallops… and, and everything else.. *jeez* this is too hard, just go and try yourself!
In London (or anywhere else) oriental restaurants, order several entrees instead of the main dish. Alternatively, some restaurants also offer different set menus. These are the two ways that allow you to explore the most of this type of cuisine.
Until you come up with a favourite dish that you can’t go without repeating in every visit, don’t miss out the opportunity to explore their menu. As far as I can tell, they don’t do “bad”. Thus, between “better” and “best” dishes, I think you will always leave Yauatcha with a good impression.
The dessert was delicious. A fig and blackcurrant within layers of different flavours that fit in harmony together. Sometimes, French-looking perfect patisserie seduces by their looks but leave a lot to wish for in terms of taste – not the case here! My only regret was leaving the place without exploring the rest of the gorgeous looking dessert bar.
It is worth to visit for a bunch of ‘dim sum’ reasons or even just for a speciality dessert! Have you ever tried any other Yauatcha dessert?