his contemporary yet casual Michelin star tea house was introduced to me in London in 2014 and since then, there has been no looking back. Started by Alan Yau, this modern Cantonese serving eatery gained a Michelin star rating in a years time.
What’s with this Michelin Star?
The term ‘Michelin Star’ is a badge of honour that a restaurant with absolute pristine food quality is awarded. This rating relies on anonymous restaurant reviewers who stealthily travel to gauge a restaurant basis it’s good quality alone. Having a (three) Michelin Star rating means one can travel specially to revisit restaurant. Quite a biggie for these so called snooty (yet not-so-snooty) foodie.
I’ve been funnily considering this tea house as my comfort food eatery now. Visiting Yauatcha has always been an experience for the lip smacking gorgeously prepared art they serve to gratify my breadbasket.
The set menu for people woolly-minded souls!
This 5-course pre-decided menu allows one to spend a minute picking out dishes and spending the rest of the time conversing whilst awaiting the grub. And once the chain of dishes begin to make an entry at one’s table, there’s no looking back.->Chicken char Sui bun (dumpling) is for the folks who are typical BBQ sauce lovers seeking a different kind of sweet in their dim-sum.->The chicken and coriander dumpling is what I felt like taking away home (btw, Yauatcha doesn’t provide with parcels, at any cost !). This purple coloured piece of art had all my attention throughout.
->Prepped up keeping the Cantonese taste buds in mind, the hot and sour chicken shredded soup will introduce you to the authenticity of Chinese soups.
->The mixed lotus root salad serves as a perfectible appetiser prepping you for what’s to come next.
->The stir fried chicken with schezhwan peppercorn will make you feel closer to homes ( a lot like the Indo- Chinese we Indians have grown up tasting off the street-food hawkers ) but a lot more dishy especially as it was abundantly showered with my new favourite shimoji mushrooms.
->The Ho fan noodle dish with chicken will surprise you with its crunchy beans and soft wheat and rice based sliced noodles.
-> After trying all these scrumptious dishes, you might feel you don’t have room for the dessert but the second Religieuse arrives, your mind loses all its control over you. Known for preparing its own ice-cream, this dessert is no less than a piece of art that is tough to gorge and even tougher to simply state at.
Don’t step out of Yauatcha without :
-Sipping it’s jasmine tea
-Best to treat yourself with a combo of dim sum and tea
-Digging into its handmade gaeaux, macaroons and chocolate
-Indulging into its princely cocktails
DID YOU KNOW?
Yauatcha doesn’t allow its customers to parcel food, AT ALL ! Ever !