Yauatcha

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Descend the stairs to the sensual basement of this self-styled tea house in Soho and graze on exquisite all-day dim sum - pricier than most, but wonderful.

Such acutely stylish venues rarely last, but after a decade Yauatcha can add longevity to its enviable list of attributes. So why do people still glide down the stairs of this self-styled Taipai tea house into its sensual basement? The design helps: the long bar, spot-lit black tables and illuminated fish tank still have allure, and the nightclub vibe is boosted by beautiful staff and bass-heavy beats. Even being shunted away to seats behind the staircase has benefits (privacy).

And there’s substance behind the style. Day-and-night dim sum was a Yauatcha innovation, and a special of scallop and edamame crystal dumplings produced three delicate, pendulous sacs filled with a textural mix of resilient beans, crunchy carrot morsels, flavourful fragments of scallop and juicy sweetcorn. Gai lan came with just enough salted fish sauce to pique the palate, and fragrant lotus leaf rice held moist treats of egg, chicken and dried shrimps.

Exotic teas and East-West fusion desserts (yuzu brûlée tart) are highlights too (sample them in the ground-floor tea room), and main courses hold interest (sea bass with shiitake and wolf berry, say), but grazing on exquisite snacks is the primary culinary draw – though prices might make you wince.

 

Venue name: Yauatcha
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Address: 15 Broadwick Street
London
W1F 0DL
Opening hours: Sun-Thu noon-10pm (close midnight); Fri-Sat noon-10.30pm (close 12.30am).
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Dim sum £4-£15. Set meal (2-6pm Mon-Thur) £14.44 per person (minimum 2)
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Maggie W
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This is one of my favourite spots for a nice dinner or lunch… it has great and tasty food and drink. I especially recommend the tasting menu, which will give you a good sample of all the types of food they can do. The last time we went, there were 3 of us and we got 2 tasting menus and then another side and it was plenty of food! Yes, it’s a little expensive but if you’re looking for a great dining experience in Soho, this is a good pick! They also have a very good rose on the wine list most of the time!

Stephen F
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This place keeps on impressing - from the slick service to the gorgeous food. Excellent dim sum - those venison puffs are still one of my favourite things to eat in London - so it's definitely worth just heading down and ordering a bucketload of those. If you do veer away from dim sum there are some lovely bits and bobs to try. Go for the 'taste of Yauatcha' - a very good value set menu showcasing some of its best dishes.  

Annie
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Six of us went for my birthday and none of us had been before, we all loved it! Even though it is slightly on the pricey side it is most definitely worth it! The food was beautifully presented and tasted even better. And be prepared to make your way through the cocktail list there are some fantastic ones on there.

CR
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Very poor service, would not return again. We'd been to yautcha several years back and both food and service were lovely, but this time it was appalling. The waiter had kept our wine of the same type in a cooler shared with a table of 12 people, then insisted we had drunk 5 (!) bottles when we'd only had a glass each and he'd been serving our wine to the other table. Hope they enjoyed £200 of our wine!

Mark
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Very expensive. We chose the place based on this review. Set menu for two was £40 not £14.44 per person like this article suggests. Tap water was not possible and the famous crispy duck rolls were very dry. Atmosphere, service and other food was OK but it was so expensive we left hungry. You'll get just as good Dim Sum somewhere else for much less. On a side note, I noticed the house sound system when we were leaving was a large peppering of highly priced Genelic studio monitors. These are speakers I have wanted for years and cost as much as £1400 for a single pair. The place was literally covered in them. Perhaps that's where all your money goes.

Jesus Christ
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First time went to Yauatcha. Service and food rubbish.!!!!!! Can't believe they charged me almost £50 t eat some rubbish food! Best go to China Town for Proper real Dim Sum! We booked a table for 7pm and it was not ready until 7.20pm! Not the same without Alan Yau!

JamesBarker82
tastemaker

Some of the best Chinese food I've ever had - the venue has a brillant set menu too.  I really enjoyed the food here.   The decor is a little dated but still nice.  They do afternoon tea too. 

Elaine L

Serving delicate dim sum with a twist. Yauatcha is the place to go if you want a change from the traditional dim sum to opt for posh fancy dim sum. Coming from a Chinese background myself, we have tasted countless dim sum and have a high expectation when it comes to what we consider as good dim sum. This restaurant serves delicious dim sum with a fusion, bringing the east and west together to make dim sums with a twist, using the best ingredients to make their dish. Their Wagyu beef puff is a melt in the mouth heaven and a must order, unlike your traditional Chinese beef puff, the beef is soft and the pastry is fluffy. 

Although it is on the pricey side, it is what you pay for in terms of food and atmosphere. 


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Allasyummyfood
tastemaker

One of my favourite places in London. They make the best desserts in the world, especially macaroons! OMG! they are to die for! Its expensive but worth it, and Lychee martinis!! yes please!!!!

Sarah

Absolutely the best dim sum! Food is creative, delicious, beautiful and service is good as well!

Carmen
Staff Writer

Yauatcha offers all day dim sum menu, selection of delicate teas and sophisticated macaroons and deserts...Ask for a table on the ground floor rather then down the stairs, so you can enjoy your food with the large fish water tank, it brings an exotic flavour to the entire culinary experience! The choice of dim sums is extensive, they are expensive but very delicate and tasty. Try the steamed sea scallops, and king crab! For the fried ones, go for the lobster and the duck rolls. They are other dishes on the menu, rice and noodles. The tasting menu for 2 i (just below £29 pp) s a good value option to get the best of the menu and try different flavours. Overall its a nice place to go for business lunch or with friends in the evening. Its well located in Soho and it gives you a pre-experience of Hakkassan if you have not tried Alan Yau's iconic restaurant in London yet! Forgot to mention the cocktails are delicious...

Sarah G
Tastemaker

Meh!


The Time Out review sent me in with really high expectations, I made the booking for my partner's birthday and frankly I was disappointed. 


The restaurant does have a stylish feel and a nice vibe. But even though I had booked ages in advance we were at a tiny table next to a huge pillar that made it all feel quite claustrophobic. The menu is interesting and we went for the tasting menu - being only 2 people there is only one choice for that. A restaurant of this sort could do better, in my opinion!  The food was good but nowhere near as outstanding as the Time Out review suggests. Some of the dim sum were tough or a bit dull. I loved the tiny Bok Choi and the crisp, lush squid - though the portions were huge.  I would have preferred those reduced in size and a third item added. The desserts were delightful but again they had a whole selection and we could have been asked what we wanted.


Yauatcha has an extensive cocktail selection and we both really enjoyed our choices.  There is also a flight of wines that, while the glasses are a bit stingy in the measures, was overall good value. Though it's not a traditional totally matched set of wines - more  glasses that arrive randomly and go well overall with the dishes.

Where this place really lets itself down is the service. The staff were friendly but really seemed to have little understanding of the rhythm of this sort of dining. We ordered cocktails, I made clear we wanted to have those, then start on the food and the matched wines. In fact the food arrived first - then the cocktails. I asked them to hold the rest of the food - which they did for all of 3 minutes then piled it up around us, even though it was clear we weren't eating it and were drinking our cocktails. Then later in the meal they didn't come near us for ages.


Whilst there was nothing terrible here - for a bill of £170+ for two I think it is pricy and the premium should be in the service which was just lacking.


HerFavFood
Tastemaker

Yauatcha is a stylish restaurant tucked away on the corner on Broadwick Street. Designed around the idea of a Taipai tea house, the smaller ground floor tea room is full of light blue and purple hues but the staircase leads down to a darker space with spot-lit black tables and illuminated fish tank and an almost nightclub-like feel. We tried the 'Taste of Yauatcha' menu which was incredible value for money (about £14 per person!) and served up plenty of food!

Tiago Almeida
Tastemaker

This is now on my top 5 Dim Sum restaurant in London.

It is not a typical Asian restaurant it's one of those trendy fusion restaurants.

Food is amazing, decoration is very modern and staff friendly even when it's packed. 

Emily G
Tastemaker

The food is as good as big sister Hakkasan, but nowhere near as expensive. (That drinks bill can get pretty big pretty quickly though, if you don't keep your eye on it.) The service is so-so, but with food like this, who cares? Ignore the tasting menus and the overpriced 'main' style courses and stick to the first half of the menu. Highly recommended: Sesame Prawn Toast, Scallop Shui Mai and Duck Rolls. 

LoveLondon
Tastemaker

What is your budget? Ask yourself first before getting in here. Once you're in, here's what to expect:

Best dim sum in London. The fluffiest puff pastry that literally melts in your mouth. Great service. Most beautiful presentation of everything. All your senses will be satisfied at the end of your meal. 


To get the best for your money check out the weekday lunchtime tasting menu. Enjoy!

Martin H
Tastemaker

This is my favourite restaurant in Soho.  To think it has a Michelin star, some people I have taken haven't even realised upon walking in that it is a Michelin star due to its easy going style. 

The manager Sharon is very very helpful and is great to get to know.

The food is so good.  I usually stick to the dim sum side of the menu but some of the main course are exceptional.

On the dim sum side, the stand outs are the Venison Puffs, which are so delicate and packed with flavour.  The sesame prawn toast is the best you will ever have, there is none of this prawn meat squeezed into the toast it is a butterfly prawn on top of a butterfly prawn, it is so good.  The best plate on the menu is by far the Prawn and beancurd cheung fun, amazingly tasty and well prepared.

The deserts are amazing little treats and usually on show at all of the restaurants in the chain, so you can see what you are having before ordering, which sometimes helps.

Downstairs is where to sit in the Soho venue being very relaxed with an interesting fish tank of a bar.

The price for the food is very surprising and you can easily have a michelin starred lunch for two with drinks for around £30-£50.

A must see


Laura B
Tastemaker

A wonderful place to enjoy and intimate dinner. Tables are packed quite closely but that's the only minor negative here. Service is sharp and attentive, decor is good and food is wonderful. We ordered several dim sum to share and each dish was melt in the mouth perfection.  The cocktails were quite pricey and sadly not to my taste, but overall I'd rate the place excellent and would visit again. There's also a wonderful desert selection upstairs that can be viewed as you walk past - nice touch and makes for a delicious photo!

Dee
Tastemaker

Desserts at their display always look amazing and their macarons are very tasty and high quality. I'm always tempted to go in their Soho store whenever i pass by. I will definitely go back to try their other dishes!

Samantha H
Tastemaker

Nice for dinner, boring for lunch.  The food is good the cocktails are delicious.  If you can get a table downstairs for dinner it much more atmospheric and enjoyable.  The service is good and reliable.  The venison puffs are a must eat! 

Abi L

Went for a work lunch on a Friday and the atmosphere was great, service was good despite it being quite busy. Our waiter was very attentive and helped us with recommendations, it being our first time. The dumplings were excellent and we were spoilt for choice, would be keen to try the tasting menus on next visit to get some variety, otherwise good to order a selection of dishes and share. Obviously a bit pricier than your usual lunch spot, however food, venue and staff certainly make it worth it!

LSO

Certainly mixed reviews below but we enjoyed our team lunch there.  Took a while to get served and at least get our drinks order in but then things flowed a bit better from there.  Food was great though!

Tom
moderatorStaff Writer

Have been to this restaurant on many occasions and always find the atmosphere great, particularly downstairs. Yes it is a bit on the pricey side but lines up well against similar market positioned restaurants in the area The food is of a quality you'd expect for the price, blackened cod being the winner for me, and the dim sum and crispy duck are also worth a try. Does get busy so definitely need to book for popular times. I’d recommend it for larger groups in particular - there is plenty of bench sitting which means it can get a little cosy with strangers, not necessarily a bad thing!

Wally

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Great place for lunch, good selection of dishes and very reasonably priced given excellent service and decent food. Looks more expensive than it is, will be back

Yasin S

My girlfriend and I visited Yauatcha last week, and never have we ever been more disappointed by any restaurant as we were by this. It was a sheer waste of money. Don't get us wrong, we enjoy fine dining, and are willing and able to pay for a five star restaurant but this was just a waste of time and money. The dishes were overrated and not worth their price at all. Not one thing can we ordered was up to a satisfactory standard, let alone delectable, specially the crispy squid, which at one point became un-edible. Bad experience, wouldn't recommend anyone to go there.

writtenbyfitton

Yauatcha is one of the oldest restaurants in Soho - open for over a decade, it's pretty impressive given the fast turnover of other restaurants.  I'm putting this down to the perfect service, dreamy interior and excellent dim sum.  Not all items on the menu are amazing - stick to dim sum though and you'll be flying.  

Didi Da Costa

BAD SERVICE! MAJOR FOOD MIX UP! LONG FOOD WAIT!!! About a 20min wait to get seated for a reservation. However once getting to the table, service started out ok... but MAJOR mishaps occurred once food arrived. Firstly my husband and I are vegetarian and were served PORK dumplings instead of steamed vegetable dumplings. Thank god i knew the minute they arrived, and stuck the chopstick in... my husband was livid at this mistake as he has NEVER eaten pork in life! The food was quickly changed, so thought we were on track again. However the main dished took OVER AN HOUR to arrive! It was so late that as soon as we were served the mains we were told they were making last orders as the kitchen & bar were about to close. So apart from the fact that the food was late, desert wouldn't have been an option! The manager profusely apologised for the mistakes and told us our cocktails would be complimentary. so £40 was taken off our bill. They also brought a complimentary bag of macaroons, which was a nice gesture, but we were already OVER this place at this point. What was supposed to be a lovely night out for the Chinese new year celebration, turned into a crappy annoyed experience.... and though the cocktails & interior design were good they weren't enough to redeem the mishaps and to make me want to return. Won't be going back ...sorry!

DF

Fantastic cocktails and delicious dim sum in a great environment. Highly recommend the duck pumpkin puff. We had a fantastic time and will definitely be returning.

Claire Foster

One of the best restaurants in London, I return here again and again to enjoy the incredible selection of dim sum and the amazing cocktails. The seating lends itself well to groups and the sharing aspect breaks the ice for dates and business lunches. They also have the best prawn toast and the most beautiful afters.

Pippa

They've had some bad reviews on service before but tonight, we had amazing service. The food arrived promptly (if a little too fast) and there was always someone to assist. Regarding the food; simple and delicious. It's prepared beautifully and is light too. I had the book a table 9 dish taster and cocktail menu and we could go on for a drink at the bar afterwards. When it says 9, it means, 9 types. Don't be disguised, some are served in the same plate. I think we had 5 plates in total. All in all though, a fabulous time. Would recommend it.

JS

Brilliant selection of Dim Sum, but honestly don't even bother with the desserts. Looks pretty but incredibly oversweet and very average pastry. We tried the Green tea choux, raspberry delice, peach melba, and Black Forest. Will just be coming back for cocktails, and crispy duck rolls!

Dawid

To be honest the WORST ever restaurant and service I ever been in Soho! OVERPRICE food, RUBISH service. i After i finish eat the menu set for 2 + service 32.49£ i was still hungry... very DISAPPOINTED , please don't go THERE!!! I was there 3 june this month for my birthday...straight after that i go to Plum valley for proper Chinese food with good service and very delicious food.

Egle

Fantastic place, great food and excellent service. Thanks for the good time yesterday!

miriam

Absolutely love this restaurant. The service is great and the food amazing. A little bit expensive comparing Royal China for example. Although this last one has an awful service, I guess that is where the difference is. I totally recommend.

Tinian

Good well-presented food and decent service, but it is without doubt overpriced and the very tight seating is particularly irritating given how expensive the food is.

KS

To those with negative reviews about bad service, noisy atmosphere etc - DONT BOTHER rather than just blah blah. Good for the rest of us trying to find seat there. This is still a great place, lively atmosphere and if you're after a great freshly made and brilliantly made dim sums - still hard to beat compared to ANY Chinatown places - then Yauatcha still does it for me since it's early days. I came here yesterday around 12.15pm (for lunch with my sister) - surprisingly great time to come as service just starting off and good discreet service. Costs more but not overly expensive by any means - and when comparing to some dross you get elsewhere and still pay anything for it - this is worth EVERY PENNY.

Doxy

Probably the best Chinese food I've ever had! The ambiance and style had actual substance with the divine dim sum and professionally prepared drinks. Stand outs on our order were the spinach balls with prawn and cuttlefish in a black bean sauce and the kumquat and jasmine ice tea. The maitre de was amazing as we arrived without a reservation at 8:00 o'clock on a Saturday night, plus a baby and she still managed to give us a stunning table. Wish I left room for the beautiful looking desserts though. We will definitely go back when we are in London again.

clarissa

As a frequent visitor to yauatcha, all I can say is that the food is excellent (the dim sum particularly), the staff always friendly and helpful, especially to lone diners like myself, and i've never had a single problem there with service or anything on any of the dozen or more occasions i've been. It can get loud on the bottom floor particularly late on a weekend night, but if you go at around 6pm for an early dinner it's very peaceful and relaxing, especially up on the ground floor. Highly highly recommended. One of my all time London favourites.

KH

great atmosphere, great food. we spent £88 for 2, including 6 different dishes, 2 desserts, coffee and 2 cocktails (no wine) which was good value for money!

Oli

Very nice place and good food but I wouldn't go there again. This is because it was so thriving and busy that I couldn't hear myself think, so forget having a conversation... at least when it's busy anyway

Piuly

My husband and I had a lovely time at the restaurant yesterday night. It was a good choice to celebrate my birthday. The staff was very helpful (from reception until desserts), the interior is completely different to conventional Chinese restaurants, very modern (I suggest the lower ground) and the dim sums are delicious. I would definatelly reccoment and return.

Oli

Very very cool looking place and crowd. Great service and food. Prices are reasonable although drink prices (except cocktails) are high. The only problem is that it was incredibly loud in there and I couldn't hold a conversation with my girlfriend sat opposite. That was at 10pm Friday night, maybe it is different at other times.