Yauatcha City, Bishopsgate, London
Having so enjoyed our visit to Hakkasan, Soho (blog review of this meal here: http://wp.me/p6sNt9-91) Hus and I decided to try out its sister restaurant, Yauatcha City, which is located right by London Liverpool Street station.
The restaurant is an impressive semi-circle shape, snaking around broadgate circle. We were seated at a table which had a direct view of the centre of the broadgate circle.
We were pleasantly greeted at the entrance of the restaurant with our coats being quickly stored away, and swiftly shown to our table. We had fairly quick service from our “main” waiter but the waitress and waiter who brought us our drinks throughout the meal were both a bit cheerier than our main waiter. One point to note was that at no point during the meal were we asked by any of the waiters or waitresses if we were enjoying the meal; indeed, when Hus said he did not like his cocktail it was just taken away and no offer of a replacement given.
We decided to go for the “Saturday Supreme” menu which costs £49 pp and consists of (pp) a pre dinner cocktail (I chose a Lychee Martini; Hus a Negroni), a half bottle of red or white wine, a starter of a platter of steamed dim-sum, a selection of fried dim sum, a main course served with rice and vegetables, a desert from the a la carte menu and an after dinner cocktail (we both chose espresso martinis).
The steamed dim-sum platters came out quickly after ordering and were my favourite course. We both had a selection of the following dumplings:
** Pork and prawn shui mai **
** Har gau **
** Black pepper and wagyu beef dumpling **
** Vegetable and truffle wrap **
** Crystal dumpling wrap with pumpkin with pine nut **
** Wild mushroom dumpling **
In my opinion the Har gau and prawn & pork were the best of the selection, closely followed by the wild mushroom dumpling which was packed with flavour. I was disappointed by the truffle wrap; the truffle tasted lovely but the texture of the wrap was very hard and did not, in my opinion, complement the truffle.
The fried dim sum platter followed swiftly, which comprised a selection of:
** Venison puff **
** Mushroom spring roll **
** Lobster roll **
** Sesame prawn toast **
My favourite of the platter was the prawn toast, and Hus’ was the venison puff. All of them were generous in size and taste. The lobster roll was nice but very messy!
We chose fois gras diced beef and truffle pork belly rib for main, served with jasmine steamed rice and vegetables. Our favourite out of the two mains was definitely the pork belly.
We were getting full at this point and luckily the deserts we chose from the a la carte menu were not too heavy. I had a Gianduja mousse served with lemon crème and hazelnut almond dacquoise. This was very light and I managed to finish it off! Hus had “jasmine honey” which was a milk chocolate desert served with jasmine and caramelised honey.
We both finished off our meals with espresso martinis. These were made from unbelievably strong coffee beans! I have never had such a strong espresso martini before.
We really enjoyed our meal here and I would recommend the tasting menu as a good way of sampling a range of Yauatcha City’s signature dishes. I would suggest the Hakkasan “tasting menu” I have previously blogged over the Supreme Saturday menu at Yauatcha, for sheer value for money.
Yauatcha restaurant also has a superb little dessert bar, which you can walk in and order from (I believe at any time) if you don’t fancy a meal. On writing I think I might pay a visit tomorrow after work to surprise the Hus with some treats…