Last restaurant of the year – Yauatcha Soho

Happy New Year everyone! I am so excited for 2018! It’s true that I say that every year, but I feel it will be a great year food wise and it’s already starting well. We managed to secure a dinner reservation at Eleven Madison Park in NYC in February! Can’t wait to share this experience here.

But let’s get back to our topic, and open up this year with a quick article about my last dinner of 2017. It’s a place I love and wanted to review for a while.

I tried the 1 Michelin star restaurant a few months back, before starting this blog. When I finally created the blog, I immediately knew I wanted to speak about Yauatcha but I realised I took the grand total of 1 O.K picture so I decided to postpone the article to another visit. On December 30th, after our original dinner plan fell through, we decided to head to Yauatcha.

I have to admit, The first time we went there, I was afraid of disappointment when seeing how trendy the place looked. We sat in the room downstairs which was quite dark with a starred ceiling, fishtanks and lounge music. A lot of the time these places are more looks over substance but I was pleasantly surprised. This time around we also sat in the room downstairs.

The room downstairs

Before we even ordered drinks, a small plate of delicious marinated cucumber and dips appeared before us. I have no clue what the marinade was made of but I enjoyed every bits of it and would have been happy munching on that all evening (I probably ate it all myself)

Marinated cucmber with its dips

Instead of going for a a set menu, we preferred to order à la carte a bunch of dim sums to share.  It was a mix of our all time favourites as well as some new trials.

We love the venison puff so much that there was no way we’d share one and had to order 2 portions. I love it when dishes make me remember I can occasionally like meat, especially knowing how skeptical I was about eating venison.

Every other dish we ordered was well balanced and delicious. The only small disappointment was the Champagne scallop and prawns. The title was so promising but the prawns did overpower all other tastes.  It was good but not quite what we were expecting.

Another special mention goes to the Spicy pork Szechuan wonton with peanut. The spices are perfectly balanced and so are the flavours.

Edamame truffle
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Venison puff
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Sesame prawn toast
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Spicy pork Szechuan wonton with peanut
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Crispy duck roll

If you happen to go to Yauatcha for the first time, don’t forget to also try out their french style pâtisseries. You can also drop by for tea or even buy pastries and take them home with you, just like you’d do in a normal pâtisserie. I tried the Jasmine Honey and the salted caramel delice and really enjoyed both.

Now I need to try out Duddell’s to check how their dim sums compare to Yauatcha’s. If you tried both let me know your thoughts!

Yauatcha Soho – 15-17 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DL

Price range: ££ (for this dinner we paid 80£ for 2 people with 1 glass of wine and 2 beers)

Note: 8/10



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