Keeping up with the Chinese New Year festivities, this time I paid a visit to Yauatcha City who have created an exclusive, signature menu to celebrate this exciting occasion, and a prosperous start to the year ahead. On display at the top of the stairs was a life-sized tiger lantern, specially designed and created in China, greeting guests as they entered the restaurant. As I walked through into the dining area, my eyes were drawn towards their impressive patisserie counter, eager to try some at the end of our meal.
To toast the occasion, we started with their signature cocktail which was specially curated by their skilled mixologists; the Hŭ Highball, made from Roku gin, kumquat, jasmine tea and passion fruit. A selection of condiments were laid out on our table which included some pickled cucumber, soy sauce, vegan chilli sauce and a shrimp chilli oil.
The menu consisted of a selection of sharing plates, the first two smaller plates that were served included their vibrant Hao yùn lucky dim sum selection (smoked duck shui mai, Chilean sea bass dumplings and black pepper chicken puffs) and a delectable drunken chicken and prawn wontons with sesame and cashew nut. I was particularly keen on the black pepper chicken puff which had a really light and flaky pastry.
This was followed by a hearty variety of larger sharing plates; an incredibly tender Szechuan style rib eye beef, pan-seared with green chilli pepper, a platter of vinaigrette soy steamed prawn & scallop with tofu & preserved vegetable, wok-fried long beans with spicy ginger, garlic & black bean, and satisfying my craving for rice, a golden crab meat pineapple fried rice with yam bean and cucumber.
For the sweet tooths, you’ll be glad to hear that their patisserie team have also created some limited edition Year of the Tiger desserts. To finish, we were each served their new petit gateau, the Lucky Coin, made with mandarin curd compote, ginger cream, cheese and orange mousse and crumble. And to top off the experience, I couldn’t resist ordering their Tiger Macaron, filled with mandarin puree and orange ganache.
The Year of the Tiger menu is priced from £60 per person, and is exclusively available at both Yauatcha City and Yauatcha Soho until 15th February 2022 – more information can be found on their website.
- My experience at Yauatcha City was complimentary – views and photos are my own.