Every year, around Lunar New Year, I get a little sentimental. It’s the one holiday my family used to celebrate enthusiastically. My mum would decorate the house in red, we’d prepare traditional dishes for the day and a stop by the local pagoda was a must as well. It’s a shame I’m not able to celebrate this special time with my family, but I’m happy I was still able to have Lunar New Year food again at Yauatcha City together with Emma (bloomzy). I had such a great time last year, so I was looking forward to our celebratory lunch.
Chinese New Year at Yauatcha City
Yauatcha is a dim sum tea house that serves contemporary Cantonese dim sum and patisserie inspired by European techniques and Asian ingredients. To celebrate Chinese New Year, Yauatcha is paying homage to the festive colour red by decorating their restaurants in red Chinese lanterns, creating red ten petits gateaux as well as a matching food menu. In Asia, the colour red stands for the New Year, good luck, prosperity and joy. Yauatcha is celebrating Chinese New Year from 16th Jan – 11th Feb ’17.
The Red Menu for the Year of the Rooster
Emma and I tried a variety of their exquisite New Years offerings at Yauatcha City, from the Red cocktail to a few too many desserts (oh, how I love the desserts at Yauatcha!). The Fried Wagyu Beef Dumpling was deliciously crips, and the filling tender and flavourful. However, it was the Truffle Crabmeat Dumpling that left me craving for more! Stuffed with fresh crab meat, it was my favourite. I also really enjoyed the Seafood Braised Rice in Lotus Leaf. The texture and the flavours reminded me so much of New Years with my family. We also ordered the Mala Lamb Salad with Jellyfish and Lunar Chicken Pot with Cured Pork, which were unfortunately a little too spicy for my ridicously sensitive taste buds.
However, the highlight of my lunch at Yauatcha City were the desserts! I stop by the patisserie sometimes to treat myself with some of their amazing cakes, and even my French flatmate asked me where I got them from when I shared some with her. I highly recommend the Apple Vanilla Choux for a fruity take on the traditional pastry.
Our meal with 2 starters, 3 mains and 4 cakes came to around £140 together. It’s not within everyone’s budget, but definitely great for a special occasion. And the cakes are always worth a visit!
If you fancy a taste of Chinese New Year, visit Yauatcha and try their Chinese New Year menu until 11th Feb.!