New beginnings are always an opportunity to celebrate, and 500 of Houston’s finest gathered on April 25 to toast the opening of Yauatcha Houston.

Located in the “jewel box” at The Galleria, Houston’s world-renowned shopping district, this much-anticipated restaurant has brought Yauatcha’s signature dim sum teahouse concept to Texas.

The opening party mixed ancient and modern to ensure the restaurant got off to an auspicious start. Traditional lion and dragon dances, which are believed to bring good luck, took place on the roof of the restaurant to welcome guests as they arrived, while more contemporary entertainment was provided by Matthew Tuttle, Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant & Nightclub’s resident DJ, who flew in from Vegas to play in the restaurant during the evening.

Inside the party, guests enjoyed cocktails accompanied by dim sum and canapes created by Chef Ho Chee Boon including roasted duck, grilled Wagyu beef with black pepper sauce, and shrimp Shanghai dumplings.   For those with a sweet tooth, patisserie by Executive Pastry Chef Graham Hornigold was served including his famous rose-shaped raspberry delice.

Described as “the most coveted reservation in town”, the restaurant is the first Yauatcha location to open in the continental United States following the opening of Yauatcha Waikiki earlier this year. As with the original Yauatcha in London, the Houston location also offers a patisserie and teahouse serving over 30 teas.