If you’re passing through Soho, you might want to walk past Yauatcha to take a look at their Chinese New Year window …
Not just for the delectable-looking cakes but also because you will get to see the Harvey Nichols window display, which were designed as part of Yauatcha’s Chinese New Year celebrations.
But the collaboration doesn’t stop there …
There is also the whiskey-based cocktail The Lucky Horse, which you can also try at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor bar. If you like whiskey and cocktails, you will love this. It has a deep flavour and a kick to it that makes it very satisfying.
This was the drink the OH started with when we visited Yauatcha for lunch last weekend, whilst I had a signature Yauatcha cocktail. The Hakka includes Belvedere vodka, Akashi-Tai sake, lychee, lime, coconut and passion fruit. And surprisingly, it wasn’t as sweet as I had anticipated. It was very delicious and very easy to drink.
Our lunch started with a few dim sum dishes and I can’t recommend the venison puff enough.
The pastry was melt-in-your-mouth and the venison was very tasty.
We also had the scallops shui mai …
… and the King Crab dumplings.
We then … and let me warn you, there are quite a few dishes to come … had a rack of ribs, which were fantastic: sweet, aromatic and tender.
The soft-shell crab was a complete surprise. They were spicy because of the chilli and I loved the toasted almond touch to this dish, which had texture and a myriad of flavours.
We also had the prawn and beancurd cheung fun …
… and we tried the crispy aromatic duck.
Finally, I had a taste of the stir-fry rib eye beef which was unbelievably succulent. If I hadn’t consumed so much beforehand, I would have definitely dived into this dish. The noodles with shimeji mushrooms were a perfect accompaniment.
Whilst setting our tastebuds alight, I sipped on a glass of red wine as the OH sipped on a Sake No Hana beer, which it turns out was brewed in London. According to the OH, the beer had a lot of flavour and he was very impressed.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, Yauatcha has created a couple of desserts for a limited period of time. They include the Red Petits Gateaux, which are jasmine mousse filled with a honey panna cotta centre, caramelised mandarins and sesame brittle. Amazing and very light. The perfect end to a meal.
And there is also the Red Macarons filled with mandarin ganache and mandarin pâte de fruit. Pure indulgence.
At the end of each meal, every guest at Yauatcha receives a red envelope containing Harvey Nichols vouchers, including one for a Lucky Horse cocktail from the Fifth Floor bar. What a great way to end such an amazing lunch.
And as we walked through Soho and headed back to Chelsea, it was easy to assume that Chinese New Year had come early.
Disclaimer: The lunch for two was complimentary for the purpose of the review but I assure you, this did not affect my opinion. Yauatcha was a great way to celebrate the Year of the Horse.