Ask any honorary Londoner to guide you towards the cities best eats and they may well direct you towards the following restaurants, for Italian, Bocca di Lupo, for Sushi, perhaps Roka or the high end Zuma and for Chinese, there’s no doubt you will be streamlined towards Mayfair’s luxurious Hakkisan, or the beautiful Yauatcha set in the culinary heart of London, Soho.
Having dined there a couple times throughout recent years, I recently had the fortune of visiting this uber-chic, foody landmark once again. And with that first bite of their famed Scallop shui mai dim sum, it becomes all too clear just why Yauatcha is one of our very best. Fiercely sophisticated presentation, combined with incredibly delicate and thoughtful dishes, not to mention sublime cocktails!
A delicate gin and pineapple infused drink kick start our meal, with an array of starters to follow, such as the Lobster dumpling with tobiko caviar, extravagant by name, however perfectly balanced and not too overpowering in taste. The crispy Duck Salad, with the heartiness of the shredded duck, accompanied by the fruitiness of the pomegranate, is an absolute stand out. The mains arrive in the form of an incredible Dover sole with shiitake and soya, as well a King Scallop with BBQ Sauce, honest to goodness perfection! And with a more health orientated menu to come, dishes like the Exotic Walnut Salad, showcases a more modern approach to Chinese cuisine.
With an upstairs Patisserie and Tea House focusing on some 60 varieties of tea, with titles such as Lovers Leap and Dragon’s Well Green Tea, how can one refuse! Not to mention an array of some of the most intricate and delectable deserts, you’re likely to cross this side of the continent, we very necessarily, hand pick a few to sample. The Green tea choux and Black Forest raise our eyebrows and tickle our palates, whilst the divine selection of macaroons on offer, tip us right over the edge!
Beyond satisfied and happily tipsy, we leave Yauatcha with nothing but the fondest sentiments. I make a mental note to not leave it so long, before returning to this culinary powerhouse…and neither should you!