whenever i go to london, i find myself eating a lot of asian food (hakkasan, bar shu, pathara thai, chachamoon, four seasons). it’s been my working hypothesis that asian food is prepared with a lot more care and dignity in london than new york city. most recently, my mom visited london with me, and to test out my hypothesis, i dragged her to some of my favorite asian restaurants in london. she concurred with my general hypothesis. in particular, she absolutely raved about yauatcha. being someone who generally esteems “value” above all other things, i was rather surprised that she loved yauatcha. at around £4-£10 for a small plate of dim sum, my mom remarked that the prices at yauatcha were on average 5x the typical chinatown dim sum menu item. there is, however, no comparison between the two in terms of quality, creativity and ambiance — and even she walked away from lunch thinking that the dim sum was something really special and well worth the price.
we ordered a smattering from the extensive dim sum menu. from those, our favorites were the winter melon dumplings shaped into carrots and the shrimp toast (top 2 pictures).
as a side note, yauatcha used to feature a pastry counter filled with amazing petit fours and exotic macaron flavors. during my latest visit, the pastry counter seems to have been converted into a tea utensil and chocolate shoppe. i asked the hostess about this and she didn’t really provide a reason for the conversion. she did say that the desserts are still available to be ordered from the menu. assuming that the quality of the desserts is still consistent, the dessert menu is worth a gander as well. there’s a mango pudding i tasted on a prior visit, which is really quite well executed.
15-17 Broadwick Street
Soho, London, W1F 0DL
Tel: 020 7494 8888
Mon – Sat: 12pm – 11.45pm
Sun: 12pm – 10.30pm