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Yauatcha London Review

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I walk down the stairs at Alan Yau's Dim Sum palace in the heart of Soho in London and the first thing I notice is the dark sexy lighting and fishtanks with exotic fish under the bar counter. Seating is dense, so this is not a place for discreet private conversations. Service is sluggish to begin with and remains slightly impersonal throughout the meal and lacks the refinement expected from Yau's other establishments, namely Hakkasan. I arrive late lunch time and take note of the "Taste of Yauatcha" menu thats being offered between 2-6 p.m and offers incredible value at a bit under £30 for two people. First on offer is the Venison spring puff , slightly dry, and the ordinary mushroom spring roll. The Har Gau is close to perfection with thin translucent skin and a juicy prawn underneath. The prawn shui mai or the pumpkin crystal dumpling do not fail to disappoint either. A real highlight is the prawn and bean curd cheung fun, soft from the outside but with a crunchy middle before the delectable filling. I shouldn't forget to mention the King Crab slow bun with a beautiful rich broth inside. Savoury sticky rice with chicken is also served on the side. The meal comes with a choice of chinese tea and tap water is provided for me without asking…rest and pictures at http://www.samitravels.co.uk/yauatcha...

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