“Poor dim sum; overpriced, overhype. Uminaginative cooking...stay away.”
I must have gone to a different Yauatcha than the other reviewers but no...its the same one.
Everyone has their own opinions but recent reviews highlighting explosion of tastes and standing up among the world's best do set up any readers' expectations to a level that this restaurant is likely to fail to meet.
Food quality is AVERAGE. There is no explosion of flavour in the mouth. The dim sum does not stand out among the average in London Chinatown and would not compete among the world's best. The char siew bun is among the worst I had. The pork siew mai is average. The scallop siew mai is average. The szechuan wonton is decent but not worth the price.
No...I think some reviewers are blown away by the environment but quality of food is nothing to write home about except on TA to advise other readers to stay away if possible from this overprice excuse of an establishment.
If you want to pay an exhorbitant price for average dim sum just for the atmosphere, so be it but I rather not pay to help them maintain the decor.
Prices: Way over price for that quality - examples: pork and prawn siu mai for £5.5 which normally cost £3 in Chinatown; Char Siew bun £3.8 - normal price £2.5 and bigger in Chinatown; shanghai dumplings - £6.5 while normal price is £3.5-4 in Chinatown.
Service: very slow...had to ask for everything twice and yet it seems like they have lots of people walking around...doing what I am not sure (FYI, we were there lunch time Saturday so it is busy but there were lots of staff walking around). We had to wait 15 mins for dessert and we could tell, the desserts were pre-made so not sure what the hold up was. We had to ask for the bill twice and had to wait another 5 mins before someone came along to take our credit cards.
Drinks: Since we were having dim sum and it was lunch time, we decided to stick to traditional chinese tea and didnt try the bar. There is an extensive tea menu BUT everything is by the pot and non-refillable like in Chinatown. Some of the more expensive teas - Oriental Beauty for example which cost £5 per pot is so diluted that we could hardly smell the flavours. Its more like hot water with some colouring. Shame on you Yautcha for doing this.
Would I go back? No even if some one offers to pay. I walked out so much poorer and still hungry. Never again for this. There are so many other better establishments around - Imperial China for example.
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