Yauatcha, Broadgate Circle 

Yauatcha City business card

I remember my first visit to the original Yauatcha in Soho; I had some of the best dim sum I’ve ever eaten. I was excited then to hear they were opening a new one in Broadgate Circle (that new posh food court near Liverpool Street which is home to José Pizarro, Franco Manca and the soon-to-open Crab Tavern).

Outside

It’s a strange layout; a huge semicircle at the very top of the development, meaning it’s a fairly long and narrow space. The walk to the toilets was epic.

Inside

We started with some scallop shui mai (£8.20), har gau (£6) and king crab Shanghai siew long bun with pork (£6.90). The latter was steamed buns filled with pork broth which were simply heavenly.

Dim sum

Curry taro croquettes (£5.80) lacked any noticeable curry flavour but the crisp fried exterior and the light filling more than made up for it. Taro is a tropical Asian plant FYI. The venison puffs weren’t ready 😱, so instead we went for the wagyu beef puffs (£7.80) which were so sweet they were like a pudding – in a good way. We also tried the black pepper and wagyu beef dumplings (£8.20) which were gorgeous steamed buns.

Taro croquettes

Wagyu beef puffs

Wagyu beef dumplings

Prawn and bean curd cheung fun (£8.20) was the best thing we ate. The sloppy outer layer with its crunchy centre was such an explosion of textures I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. The sesame prawn toast (£8.90) was served at a volcanic temperature but it was worth the impending ulcers.

Prawn and bean curd cheung fun

Prawn toast

Spicy soft shell crab with really moreish crispy almonds (£13.80) was a bit of a dud dish; it had a slightly undesirable presentation and I would have preferred more of an attack on my senses from the chilli.

Soft shell crab

Jasmine tea smoked ribs (£13.90 – exactly the same thing can be found at Duck and Rice which is a bit weird) were perfectly smoked and the meat fell off the bone without turning into baby food. The lobster vermicelli pot (£38) saw chunks of shell-on lobster atop a giant mound of vermicelli which was a messy but ruddy lovely bowl of food to get stuck into.

Ribs

Lobster

We managed to find some room for pud, as they all looked so very pretty. The chocolate ‘pebble’ was a rich, indulgent end to a humongous lunch.

Chocolate pebble

I absolutely loved the new Yauatcha; apart from Hutong in the Shard, it’s the best dim sum I’ve come across in London (bear in mind I don’t know a lot about these things). Considering they’d only been open a few days, for such a large menu, the food really was impressive. Those City boys are lucky.

5/5

I dined as a guest of the restaurant

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