Yauatcha City

September 1, 2015

Nestled in my favourite city and serving my favourite food, I suppose Yauatcha could be described as my food Mecca. I first discovered the Soho restaurant when taking Mr YDS for his birthday. We had a fantastic time munching our way through classic dim sum and gourmet new kinds. I was pretty excited when I heard a new Yauatcha (city) was opening, I was even more ecstatic when I was invited to see what I thought.

Frankly, we couldn’t have picked worse weather to visit! Picking our way through puddles and dodging the untamed (and hilariously broken) umbrellas of other Londoners we arrived in Broadgate Circle, looking fabulously corporate and futuristic.

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review architecture

It’s got that cool, 80’s sci-fi vibe, don’t you think?

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review lunch

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review entrance

Front of house were as frosty as I’d found them in Soho. I could see the disdain in the lady’s eyes as I handed over my sodden jacket! Just like Soho, they show no reflection on the rest of the restaurant, and we were whisked upstairs, through a cloud of incense into a buzzing pocket of business lunches and client talks. I find it wonderfully satisfying to be around working folk on a day off. Makes you feel a little smug!

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review decor

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review dining

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review Mr Yum Dim Sum

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review menu

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review plate

I love the Yauatcha splats! It’s a fun little touch among an otherwise very slick & sophisticated restaurant. Speaking of which, I didn’t love the disposable chop sticks.

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review Jo Yum Dim Sum

Yauatcha City have an insane tea menu. We chose a classic Jasmine tea to warm us up and it was the most beautiful thing to drink. So delicate and soothing!

Okay. Now the folk at Yauatcha City fed us A LOT. We already kicked things off with a big order ourselves, but then came their own recommendations; excitable suggestions to try things they loved off the menu. I adored their passion for the food!

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review dim sum

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review beef dumpling

Wagyu beef dumplings. If you’ve never had Wagyu beef, put it on your gastronomic bucket list. It has a high fat content that makes the meat other levels of juicy sweet.

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review cheng feung

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review har gau

Two classics we both love: cheung fun and har gau. Both packed with filling, the cheung fun was the best I’ve had. And I’ve eaten a lot of it!

There was a fight for the last steamed prawn…

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review prawn dumpling

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review mushroom dumpling

Here’s a dim sum I’ve never tried: wild mushroom dumplings. Beautifully parcelled, with tiny cubes of water chestnut. Such wonderful detail!

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review spicy dumpling

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review crispy bean curd

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review bean curd

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review duck puffs

Spicy wontons, crispy beancurd, crunchy duck puffs. All made with real skill and real flavour. Those pumpkin & duck puffs blow me away.

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review tea smoked ribs

At this point we’re groaning from gluttony… then we remember we ordered ribs. Delicious, sticky, tea smoked ribs that are so shiny and inviting that I’ve got a pile of bones on my plate before I can stop myself! (Okay I was never going to stop myself)

I think I gave our waiter a look of fear as he asked if we’d like dessert! “Nooo!” I blurted, but he was quite insistent and served us the menus.

I’m so glad he did.

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review mango dome

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review mango dome dessert

Look at that. We were too full to decide ourselves, so the passionate staff brought us their Summer special; a dome of passion fruit & mango with coconut mousse, white chocolate and mango sorbet. I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed this. One of the best desserts I’ve ever had.

They even snuck over some macarons to fill the last gaps in our stomachs! Yauatcha’s patisserie is as delightful as their dim sum.

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review macaron

We arrived among a frenzy of banker’s on lunch and were one of the last to leave. It’s a beautiful restaurant that you can spend a lot of time in. I don’t know how we managed to eat that much food!  I can assure you on waddling home there was no nimble puddle dodging!

Yauatcha City Broadgate Circle London Review restaurant

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