It is commonly believed in China that good things come in pairs, and that two is an auspicious number. This is certainly true at Yauatcha City, with its two kitchens, one dedicated solely to dim sum and the other to wok dishes and other main courses; two bars bookending either end of the restaurant; and two outside terrace spaces, replete with tables to dine at and heaters for when the London weather inevitably turns chilly.
With its unique shape and exclusive location in London’s recently redeveloped culinary destination, Broadgate Circle, Yauatcha City is unlike any of the other restaurants in the group. It is the second Yauatcha restaurant in London following the decade-long success of Yauatcha Soho, and the sixth Yauatcha in total: there are four restaurants in India, specifically Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and, most recently, Kolkata. Each of these share the same characteristics: the iconic blue glass that is so representative of the brand; the use of white marble; the innovative and extensive dim sum menu.
Yauatcha City has each and every one of those features, and more, including the first standalone patisserie, Yauatcha Patisserie, selling petits gateaux, macarons and chocolates alongside larger versions of the most iconic cakes offered in the restaurant such as the Raspberry Delice. It has a sprawling fish tank similar to both Yauatcha Soho and Yauatcha Mumbai, complete with eight orange goldfish and one black goldfish, a Chinese tradition symbolising prosperity and success. It even has an extended menu, with supreme dishes including Lobster roll, Vegetable and truffle wrap, Truffle pork belly rib and Gold leaf seafood rice.
However, it is the atmosphere that remains unequivocally the same: Yauatcha is a place to sit and chat with friends, both old and new, over plates of food; of exploring and Chinese cuisine and finding new favourite dishes; of talking late into the night over cocktails; of sharing bottles of wine; of indulgence; and of taking time out from the frenetic pace of everyday life.