Yauatcha, Soho


The blue restaurant in Soho has intrigued me since I moved to London. On the corner of Broadwick street, the restaurant displays an array of tempting desserts in its window pane. The more I read into London food, the more I heard that Yauatcha was the place to visit for Dim Sum. The restaurant has glowing reviews and has held Michelin stars for an impressive 10 years. The serial restaurateur, Alan Yau (also the founder of local chains such as  Japanese Wagamama, Thai Busaba Eathai and Michelin star Hakkasan), is behind the Yauatcha restaurant and I was keen to visit the branch in Soho. So on a sunny bank holiday weekend, Chai told me she had booked a table for their 9 course tasting menu. How could I resist?

As we walked in, the servers were very accommodating, taking jackets and our clumsy suitcase. We walked down to the intimate dining area and were seated on a table that was slightly lower than normal but added to the oriental theme. The pretty restaurant was well decorated and the fish tank along the bar was a classy touch. Chai is temporarily vegetarian so in an effort of support her, we both ordered the vegetarian menu. Considering the accolades of the restaurant we didn't imagine the quality of the food would be affected by the non-meat menu. The Spring Rolls and Croquette were the first dishes to come out. The Spring roll had a delicious crunch to it and a tasty veg filling to impress. The croquette was also delightful with a creamy and well flavoured filling. Both dishes impressed and we were excited for next dish and main attraction, the Dim Sum. 3 baskets were presented with an assortment of coloured Dumplings. Though very pretty in their baskets, their taste hugely failed to impress. The dough was thick and stodgy and the filling of the dumplings were plain and lacked basic flavours.  The last dish on our menu were the macaroons which were good but lacked the texture and taste that was expected and were average overall. For the most, the tasting menu was disappointing and was not a nice meal, let alone Michelin star food.

Leaving the restaurant I felt disappointed at the meal, the food lacked the quality and taste that I expected. I wondered whether it was having the vegetarian option but a Michelin star restaurant has a reputation for all of its dishes, not just the most popular. I think I'll stick to Hakkasan for my Michelin star Dim Sum.

Yauatcha Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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