Yauatcha

Address: 15 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7494 8888

- Mid-range

4

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
4.7
90%
Service
3.3
90%
Food and drink
4.7
90%
Value for money
3.5
90%
Ambience
4
90%
Location
4
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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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Celebrity spotting
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

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