What else does the city with it all need? An all day dim sum tea house is what. Near China town but outside to be unique to its location, Yauatcha in Soho provides elegant little bites for Londoners.
The highlights and lure of Yauatcha are its dim sum and lovely display of desserts. The small parcels of goodness take up almost two pages of the menu and the options are plentiful. The desserts on the other hand are almost what entices you in. Displayed out front, passersby (which I have been on plenty of occasions) witness the colours of sweetness and can not, not want to be inside.
This visit by Laura and I was a bit impromptu. After a few drinks at the Punch Room, located in the London Edition Hotel, we decided to eat out and I wanted to treat my wife to somewhere nice. As well as a place that I wanted to experience. Treat + Want = Visit to Yauatcha.
On a Friday evening in London, we managed to just about get a seat in the restaurant. Not at a table, but in the bar area, with two lovely bar stools, we sat together ready to eat (not feast). We were peckish, not starving.
Saying you are peckish and not ordering a lot is tough. When restaurants section off their menus, you cannot help but want to order from each section. This meant we chose a bit too much. In total, we had three dim sum, one tofu dish, beef noodles and two desserts.
Eyes always bigger than bellies.
Better than the other way, right?
The Dim Sum here is what you should focus on and order. Each dish we ordered was tasty and each parcel filled with flavour. The service here was good, nothing outstanding, but we were well looked after. It would have been good to get a table and sit in the main restaurant, but as a surprise visit the bar seemed fitting.
A good restaurant for Dim Sum and amazing looking desserts. Don't over order as the rest of the menu wasn't that great and therefore stick to China Town for anything else. Make sure you leave space in your belly for the desserts at the end.
GOOD TIMES: Almost two pages worth of Dim Sum, worth the read
WATCH OUT: the noodles not that great and a bit greasy.
OMG: Spectacular looking desserts with tastes to match.