We finally got around to visiting Yauatcha, a restaurant we've wanted to visit for a long, long time mainly because every time you walk past you can't help but notice the cakes staring through the windows. Located in the depths of Soho on Broadwick Street, the Chinese restaurant owned by Alan Yau has quite the reputation for its Dim Sum.
We had a table in the basement which features a huge fish tank and ceiling full of twinkle lights that make the space feel bright and airy, you can almost forget you're dining in a basement. Drinks wise there is a healthy list of cocktails, wine, sake and Chinese Teas - in fact you'll be hard pushed to find a larger selection of Chinese tea in a London restaurant. We slipped straight into the fruity cocktails with a Lychee Martini and a Lam Peak Martini.
After ordering a selection of Dim Sum the dishes started arriving thick and fast. Char Siew Buns we fluffy and light, Prawn Cheung Fun was a generous portion and possibly our favourite dish, Fried Prawn Balls consisted of huge, juciy prawns, Spicy Pork Szechuan Wonton and Crispy Duck Roll were equally as pleasing.
We made the mistake of ordering two main dishes with Egg Fried rice but were already too full to make the most of them. That said the Kung Pao Chicken with cashew nuts was a cracking dish, tender pieces of chicken coated in a sweet sauce with dried chilli peppers giving it an extra kick. Stir Fry Rib Eye Beef in black bean sauce consisted of large chunks of juicy steak and crisp vegetables. A plate of Baby Pak Choi and Gai lan with Oyster sauce completed our feast.
All of the food here is fresh and tasty, we didn't even taste a hint of grease, in fact we'd even go as far as saying this is the best Chinese food we've eaten in London. Pricey but worth every penny. Now when can we go back, after all we never did get round to trying those bloody cakes...
15 Broadwick Street, W1F