Another year, another visit at Yauatcha. It’s not the cheapest Chinese restaurant in London, and definitely not the place to look for the most traditional dishes. Calling itself a contemporary Dim Sum teahouse, it’s one of those places I’d like to reserve for a special occasion. Or, as in this case, a place I run to immediately when being asked to taste a new menu. I really enjoy Yauatcha’s set menus, as they give you the opportunity to try out a variety of dishes without having to resort to eating pasta for the rest o f the month. Though, this year’s Supreme Saturdays selection has probably been my favourite so far, even though I’m always excited for their Lunar New Year’s offering.
Supreme Saturdays Set Menu
Emma and I went for the Champagne menu, because, why not? You know, we are already being fancy and lunching at Yauatcha, so we might as well go all out. However, the lunch was kicked off by a glass of Lychee Ginger collins, lightly sweet but with a hint of bitterness from the ginger and tonic. It definitely got us into the mood of sampling the dim sum platters. It’s a great way to discover your favourites. Beginning with a colourful set of steamed dumplings, the Seafood black truffle dumpling stood out the most. The Har gau and Shui mai on the other hand are dim sum staples, but didn’t bring much new to the table. Among the fried ones, unsurprisingly, the Vernison puff is one of my favourites at Yauatcha. Buttery pastry combined with a sweet savoury feeling. Honestly so good! I also liked the Roasted duck pumpkin puff. So cute and delicious!
The mains were served with rice and crisp Baby pak choi. We first chose the Lobster vermicelli pot. While it looked impressive, I was a bit disappointed how little lobster meat it actually contained. It was a pain to get the few pieces out and the vermicelli was kind of average. Though, my favourite that day was the Truffle pork belly rib. Insanely tender, and flavourful and not overpowered by the truffle. The great addition of Shimeji mushrooms added some extra texture.
At this point, I was already extremely full, but there’s always space for Yauatcha dessert. I already eyed Pretty in Pink upon entering, and I wasn’t disappointed. Ginger cheesecake, rhubarb compote, almond streusel made for an incredible dessert. Not too sweet, a bit tart, really good to balance out the heaviness of the mains.
Is it worth it?
Whether or not Supreme Saturdays is worth it, depends on what you are looking for. If you want delicious, but no fuss Chinese food, there are definitely more inexpensive options. If you are looking for something fancier, want to experience a contemporary take on Chinese food and like the atmosphere of attentive waiters, Supreme Saturdays is an incredibly good deal. £58 per person is definitely not the cheapest lunch you can have. But the Pork belly a la carte is usually £31, the Lobster Vermicelli pot even £48 and a bottle of Henriot retails for around £40. I enjoyed my time, was definitely very full, very tipsy and very happy afterwards.
Thanks to Yauatcha City for the invite.