Yauatcha

Price guide: Mid-range

15 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Jenni Muir, your London expert

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#59 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
3.3
3.3
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.5
3.5
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Expert review of Yauatcha

Dim sum is traditionally served only until the afternoon, but Yauatcha is far from traditional.

If you love yum cha and dim sum as much as I do, you’ll want to try this glamorous Soho spot with décor by Christian Liaigre. Founded by über-restaurateur Alan Yau, it serves high quality dim sum all day.

Food and drink: 

I love the jasmine tea smoked ribs, three-mushroom cheung fun, venison puff and choice of congees. The macaroons are extremely good, as are the iced teas and smoothies, though to drink I usually order a pot of Classical Beauty (Taiwanese blue tea) from the encyclopedic tea list.

Ambience: 

The main restaurant is housed in a dim-lit basement, with exposed brick walls, twinkling lights, a huge aquarium and jade green leather seating. At street level the grey-themed décor is brighter but it feels curiously like the overflow room.

Service: 

A mixed bag: sometimes excellent, often friendly and knowledgeable, but on other occasions I’ve found it disinterested, patronising, and unwelcoming.

Location: 

At the corner of Berwick Street market – rather incongruous for such a sophisticated restaurant.

Price advice: 

Exercise control and you can eat here fairly cheaply: dim sum start at £3 for Shanghai vegetable dumplings and most are well under £10. However, order stir-fry dishes such as lobster with homemade carrot wine (£38.80) and the bill would shoot up.

More information on Yauatcha:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Chinese
Address:
15 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL
Telephone:
020 7494 8888
Website:
http://www.yauatcha.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-11.45pm, Sun noon-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
Alan Yau, dim sum, yum cha

Have you been to Yauatcha? Would you recommended it?