A Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant seems a bit off-kilter to me, not because I doubt the quality of the food but because I associate Michelin stars with poncy French restaurants, waiters with indecipherable accents all with a background of pindrop silence.
But that’s where Yauatcha comes in – it’s retained it’s 1 Michelin star status for 8 years, a worthy achievement in London’s ever changing restaurant scene!
We’re here for lunch & I’m very glad that we’ve booked in to sit downstairs, the upstairs lounge closely resembles a hotel lobby but the downstairs area is chic, a starry lit sky, bright blue banquettes and beautiful people serving and not a hint of silence in the air.
We kick off the ordering process for the party by just pointing to as many dishes as we think we’re going to need. Unfortunately, the waitress looks quite alarmed at our rapid-fire ordering and even suggests we may be overdoing it. Ha, she has no idea.
First up, the smashed pickled cucumber, I don’t know how it took for me to arrive in London to discover this magical dish (Incredibly easy to recreate at home btw), but this is spicy and tangy and everything it promises to be.
And then the food starts whizzing out at break neck speed. The soft shell crab with flaked almonds is mouth watering and while others continued on with the other options, I diligently chopsticked my way through every last almond flake.
Heartbreakingly, the venison puffs were devoured before I got to take a photo – we even ordered another round but nobody was willing to wait for me to take a photo & these too disappeared at high speed. Since the venison puffs were a dream and a half, it’s hard for me to muster up any sort of real sense of loss at the lack of venison puff photo. You’ll just have to take my word for it.
We skipped desserts in favour of indulging in their amazing Macaroon & dessert counter spread upstairs – and taking advantage of a rare sunny day, we BYO’d our own dessert to the rooftop bar at Aqua Kyoto and pretended we were in New York. So all in all, it’s basically a perfect meal.