If you are a dim sum lover and live in East London, the best option used to be this cavernous restaurant near the London City Airport. Not anymore. Right in the middle of Broadgate Circle. Yauatcha City has arrived and is now serving their signature high end dim sum on Saturdays.
They have just introduced their Supreme Saturdays lunch menu which incorporates their most popular dim sum dishes with a few other Chinese dishes from their main menu. All this accompanied by a cocktail at the start, some wine through the meal and another cocktail at the end.
Expecting a dim sum lunch, we did not expect the enormous feast that they served. It was a good thing that we had planned a leisurely day out and had time to savour the whole menu.
The steam dim sum at Yatuatcha is very well done, the skin is rolled thinly, expertly wrapped and filled with some luxurious ingredients. In the bamboo basket we have some of their signature dumplings, har gau, siu mai, Wagyu beef dumpling, vegetable and truffle wrap, wild mushroom wrap, crystal dumpling wrap with pumplin and pine nuts.
On this plate is their famous Venison Puff (far right), lobster roll, sesame prawn toast and mushroom spring roll.
That was just the starters. For main, you get a choice of main course which is served with steamed rice and a plate of pak choi. Since there were a few of us on the table, we got to sample the 3 options available. The first is a melt in the mouth Truffle Pork Belly Rib served with a moreish sauce. The next dish was a meal in itself, the Lobster Vermicelli Pot. Delicious flavours coating the lobster, quite messy but you do get a finger bowl. It was definitely a favourite. Last but not least is the Foie Gras Diced Beef which is also found on the Hakkasan menu. This dish has lots of tender pieces of beef stir fried in chinese flavours but elevated with the addition of foie gras.
After a brief breather, some gossip and a pot of tea from their fabulous selection of fine teas, we chose our pudding. The tea menu needs a special mention as this is one of the few places in London who offer teas like the Anxi Ti Quan Yin Roasted Blue Tea, Orientla Beauty Blue Tea, Wuyi Yan Cha from Fujian. Being a big fan of fine Chinese teas, this was a thrill. We chose the fragrant Osmanthus Oolong Tea to go with the dessert.
You can see all the cakes on offer at the patiserrie counter as you enter the restaurant. From the lunch menu, we chose this beautiful Passionfruit mango dome, with zingy mousse, fruity coulis and a gorgeous sorbet on the side. All the beautiful cakes and patiserrie is available to takeaway from their shop downstair.
My friends opted for the Peach Lemon Verbena tart, with light shortcrust tart filled with a citrusy custard and topped with fresh peaches and raspberries.
The perfect lunch is not complete without finishing off with post lunch cocktail.
Yauatcha City’s exclusive lunch menu is available only on Saturdays. If you love fine Chinese food, you will love this. You can book this lunch for up to 5 guests and if it’s a nice day, you can have a drink on the terrace before hand. Be prepared for a long, leisurely and totally indulgent lunch. You will love it.
1 Broadgate Cir,
London EC2M 2QS
020 3817 9888
EatCookExplore was a guest of Yauatcha.