The newly opened Yauatcha in Liverpool street is very swanky, and full of elegance. It has a more formal vibe to the original branch in Soho which I have been to on 2 occasions, but Yauatcha's modern and sleek stamp is apparent. From the location itself to the half moon shape of the restaurant, this is a lovely venue for special occasions, catching up with girlfriends and perhaps a date.
As soon as we walked through the door, we were greeted by a lovely lady at the reception who took our coats to the cloakroom, and then another member of staff took us to our table. Each and every one of the staff were incredibly attentive without being overwhelming throughout the evening. Service like this just makes me dine whilst being completely relaxed.
Mint and cucumber tea and a lychee martini. The martini was lush, but very strong. No skimping on alcohol here! Not long after our drinks, the dim sum started arriving and we couldn't wait to tuck in!
Venison puff and mushroom spring roll with black truffle.
Prawn siu mai with chicken and king crab and pork xiao long bao.
Crystal dumpling wrap with pumpkin and har gow prawn dumpling.
Sticky rice in lotus leaf with chicken, dried shrimp and salted egg.
A selection of macarons. Clockwise from the top: Toasted rice and chocolate, yuzu chocolate, coconut and lychee, caramel.
All the dim sum that came out were great in quality, and I could really taste the freshness of the ingredients. However, being a regular consumer of great dim sum, I found that only 3 made the cut. The venison puff was beautifully crumbly and fragrant with the meat juices; the mushroom spring roll was one of the tastiest veggie spring rolls I've ever eaten with only the faintest hint of truffle that didn't overpower the other flavours; and prawn siu mai with chicken with bouncy meat and perfectly seasoned.
The dumpling skins in the pumpkin dumpling, har gow and xiao long bao lacked finesse in that they were thicker than they should be and there wasn't much of the signature bounce and chew. The xiao long bao innards wasn't fragrant enough, although the har gow and pumpkin insides were good and well seasoned.
The sticky rice was good but lacking in all the traditional fillings. Chinese sausage and Chinese mushrooms were missing in action, and there was a lot of strange gelatinous bits. The cheung fun skin is just not silky or thin enough, and whilst the innards were such a great idea, it was overly salty.
As for the macarons, the toasted rice and chocolate and caramel were excellent, but
yuzu chocolate, coconut and lychee were missable.
Whilst I didn't rate the food too highly, I really did enjoy the ambiance and the attentive service. Combined with the amazing deal, I would recommend and still dine here again, but I'm not sure I would pay full price.
As this deal is exclusive to Bookatable, I had made a dinner reservation online only to find that this menu had time restrictions. Since I wanted to go after work with my sister, our only choice was 5pm or 9.30pm which were both not great options. Luckily, a quick call directly to Yauatcha resolved that as they were nice enough to offer us a 6pm slot.
Have you dined at Yauatcha before and are you a fan?