Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Celebrating the Year of the Sheep With the Chinese New Year Menu at Yauatcha

Michelin-starred dim sum teahouse Yauatcha is celebrating the Chinese New Year this month in a big way, collaborating with The Campaign for Wool to ring in the Year of the Sheep. To celebrate, various events and installations are taking place at the well-known Soho restaurant including a special themed menu which I tasted earlier this week. Starting with the special Chinese New Year cocktail, the Yáng Walker which translates as The Shepherd, a sweet & fruity drink with the bite of Johnny Walker Black Label that looks almost as good as it tastes!

Our first course was dim sum with a selection of dumplings and other light nibbles. Each set of dumplings was beautifully presented in a bamboo steamer and it was a colorful array of flavors on the table before us.

My favorite course of the meal was the main course. Mongolian Lamb with Egg Fried Rice. The lamb cutlets were cooked to perfection and the sweet, sticky sauce on them was flavorful, but not at all overpowering. It was delicious!

For dessert, a Petits Gateaux of sheep's milk yoghurt bavarois centered with lemon curd and lemon sable on a bed of lemon sponge cake and pandan buttercream, garnished with sheep's yoghurt cream with crystallized grains, flowers and cress. Tasty and gorgeous, this beautiful dessert is rather special!

Also for dessert, Fried Sesame Balls, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and smelling sweetly of sesame.

And finally, a macaron made of caramelized sheep's milk, coated in oats with a gooey salted caramel center. The macaron was my favorite of the three desserts!

Finally, one of the best espressos I've had in London to finish a lovely, celebratory and indulgent meal. 

Yauatcha is not your average Chinese restaurant. The cuisine is inventive, not to mention beautifully presented and the atmosphere is chic to say the least with colorful live fish swimming in tanks all over and the ambient glow of flameless candles that line the walls. It's a gorgeous setting for a date and the buzzy vibe is also perfect for a glamorous night out with friends or family. 

The Chinese New Year menu will be served until 28th February 2015, so don't miss out! If you visit on the afternoon of 22nd February, you'll have the opportunity to see a traditional Chinese lion dance with the lion visiting every table as part of the procession. 

Yauatcha is conveniently located at 15-17 Broadwick Street in the heart of Soho in Central London. For more information, check out


  1. I love it there! Their venison puffs are divine.

  2. Beautiful photos, looks delicious! We'll be celebrating Friday evening and then again at a party on the 28th.

  3. I love Yauatcha, definitely in my London top ten!
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London


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