Yauatcha City is a unique hybrid, serving some of the best Chinese dim sum in London, accompanied by delicious French style patisserie. It’s part of the Hakkasan Group of restaurants and hotels, and located in the heart of the revitalized Broadgate Circle area of the City of London.
I was already a fan of Sake No Hana, one of Yauatcha’s sister restaurants, so was delighted to be invited to try Yauatcha City. I should warn you that looking at these photos may make you seriously hungry and thirsty! I started off with a refreshing long cocktail, the cha la lai. This delicious mix of Belvedere vodka, apple juice and Champagne with oolong tea was beautifully decorated with black grapes.
Mr Luxe continued his health kick with a mocktail Tokyo cooler with lemongrass, raspberry, elderflower, peach juice and guava juice. The lemongrass gave it an interesting kick, making it just as tasty as a regular cocktail. There is also a great selection of teas for those who want a traditional accompaniment.
We had a prime window seat overlooking Broadgate Circle. It’s an area of the City that I’d definitely recommend exploring because they organize lots of events and there’s a whole new dining hub there. We were mesmerized by these acrobats and their aerial dance display!
We chose a side dish of spicy aubergine and sato bean, with okra, french beans and peanuts giving a satisfying crunch.
I was keen to try Yauatcha’s renowned baked venison puff, and I wasn’t disappointed. The pastry was light and airy, whilst the venison made the perfect filling. This really was a standout dish for me.
We’re also fans of pork char siu buns – these had a great doughy outer consistency and an oozing pork filling. The pork was really high quality – I’ve had these in some restaurants in Hong Kong where it was not so good, so it’s nice to know that standards are so high here.
We couldn’t resist trying the black pepper and Wagyu beef dumplings, only available from the Yauatcha City branch as part of their Supreme Special Dishes selection. Again, the quality of the meat is fantastic and works really well with the dumplings.
We shared one main dish as we’d filled up on so many dim sum – stir fry pepper chilli seafood with asparagus recommended by our helpful waiter. I’d mentioned that I was keen to have a healthy main course and this fitted the bill nicely. The asparagus and pepper gave this dish contrast and the chilli gave it just the right level of spiciness.
Many Chinese restaurants fall down when it comes to dessert, but not Yauatcha. Their concept is to serve French inspired patisserie with oriental influences, and it’s genius. On this occasion I sampled the utterly delicious raspberry delice with Madirofolo chocolate and lychee. It did seem a pity to bite into such a photogenic dish but there was no stopping me! Mr Luxe chose the chocolate pebble that you’ll see at the top of the page. Artfully combining Alto el sol single origin dark chocolate, brownie and caramelised white chocolate, it was a resounding triumph.
And next door there’s Yauatcha’s first standalone Patisserie where you can buy a cake or some high quality tea to take out. Apparently they’ll be selling seasonal items too like Easter eggs and spiced panettone.
I wholeheartedly recommend Yauatcha City, and can see why their Soho restaurant has a Michelin star.
Do you have any favourite Chinese restaurants in London or elsewhere?
Yauatcha City, 1 Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS