15 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL
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Expert review of Yauatcha
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.
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.
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.
A mixed bag: sometimes excellent, often friendly and knowledgeable, but on other occasions I’ve found it disinterested, patronising, and unwelcoming.
At the corner of Berwick Street market – rather incongruous for such a sophisticated restaurant.
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:
- 15 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL
- 020 7494 8888
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat noon-11.45pm, Sun noon-10.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Alan Yau, dim sum, yum cha