I remembered being wowed over by Yauatcha when it first back in the early 2000s - it was hip & trendy, a departure from old dim sum places like Harbour City, etc., down at Gerrard Street, Chinatown. Dim sum at both Yauatcha, and "big" sister restaurant, Hakkasan were as good as those one gets in Hong Kong.
Was back there again today after a hiatus of 6-7 years for:
- Venison puffs: very good quality "cha-siu sou", delicate when served hot - as Yauatcha correctly did. The caramelly venison oozed out deliciously from the flaky buttery pastry;
- Blue swimmer crab & pork shiu mai: generous lump crabmeat atop meaty steamed dumplings. The minced pork was chewier than I'd have liked, less fatty than the versions we'd get in HK or Singapore;
- King crab & pork Shanghai siew long bao. Yauatcha has got the taste right, but the three dumplings were uneven in size, all looked pretty deflated instead of plump & juicy, and the skin was way too thick.
I liked the hot chilli dipping sauces which Yauatcha served alongside their dim sum - more Singapore/Malaysian style than Hong Kong. Beautiful dessert selection there - Western-style cakes, chocs & mousses - sets Yauatcha apart from other dim sum houses.
One complaint - the seats there were way too low!!
15-17 Broadwick St, London W1F 0DL, GB
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