During the week, Broadgate Circle is no doubt, packed with city workers and bigwigs. But visit this spot by Liverpool Street Station during the weekend and you’ll find the chic dim sum restaurant Yauatcha City is an ideal place for whiling away the afternoon over a cocktail or two.
I visited Yauatcha a good few months ago in Soho to find a dark and sultry space where blue lighting and a subterranean space of candle-lit tables offered a very cool evening vibe. When we were invited to review Yauatcha City, we discovered something very different.
The sister restaurant of the successful Broadwick Street joint occupies a huge area of Broadgate Circle’s top tier. It’s light, airy, yet still decked out in the colourful and modern interiors this Chinese inspired restaurant is known for. The balcony-like positioning of Yauatcha City also serves as the perfect lookout point over the entire hub of restaurants – great for people watching if you ask me.
And while this place is void of city workers until Monday morning, as we discovered, it really is worth taking their place come 12 o’clock on a Saturday. As that’s when Yauatcha’s Supreme Saturdays menu kicks off – an incredibly alluring selection of signature dim sum, wine and cocktails, for a very reasonable £49.
Yauatcha had me at Lychee martinis, to be quite frank. This sweet and tropical tasting tipple is up there with my favourites. So it made my day to see this on the list of three pre-lunch cocktails that Supreme Saturday diners can choose from.
BC had the classic Negroni – a bold and punchy aperitif with heaps of herbal notes, that really kick the tastebuds into action.
From here, it was a smorgasbord of steamed and fried dim sum. The steamed collection came first – six brightly coloured parcels placed in two bamboo steamers. The stand out ones for us were the pork and prawn shui mai. The har gau and the black pepper and wagyu beef dumpling were also the food of gods. The wild mushroom and the vegetable and truffle options didn’t quite hit the right notes. But the squidgy exteriors and exciting fillings of the others left me thoroughly impressed and excited about the next course.
The fried dumplings didn’t quite match the steamed – the lobster was fighting for attention against the overly-thick crisp encasing – but the venison puff was sinfully good (think melt-in-the mouth butter pastry with a succulent meat interior) and the sesame prawn toast presented as a toast ‘ball’ with prawn meat inside was an equally gorgeous mix of textures and flavours. Put simply, I think I found food heaven.
Next, Supreme Saturdays diners can choose two main courses from fois gras diced beef, truffle pork belly rib and lobster vermicelli pot. We picked the latter two – both gorgeously presented dishes that completely surpassed our expectations.
While the belly pork was soft with a sauce that was reduced to a delectable consistency, the lobster was a surprising and novel concoction of smokey, rich, sweet and bitter flavours, all layered upon each other. I still don’t quite know how the smokiness of this dish is achieved but it completely works. With fluffy jasmine rice and crunchy Chinese vegetable on the side (pak choi), these were some of the most delicious dishes we’d tasted in some time.
The Supreme Saturday menu offers half a bottle of red or white per diner with mains and then it’s an agonising decision of which of their 16 desserts you’re going to end with.
DO get the chocolate pebble – it’s what I can only describe as a gorgeously rich, chocoholic’s dream made from single origin dark chocolate, pieces of brownie and caramelised white chocolate. Oh and it’s presented exquisitely, complete with edible chocolate leaf. Oh my.
As we did, make the second order a raspberry delice so you get to try something fruity too. Once you’ve finally stopped instagramming this ridiculously gorgeous rose-shaped treat, you might finally dare dig your spoon into it. Once you do, it’s tangy, tart and smooth.
And with your final post-lunch Supreme Saturday cocktail on the side (make mine an Espresso Martini), you’ll be left with that afternoon cocktail glow, a very happy tummy, and wondering why every weekend isn’t as spectacular as this.
Until next time x
Thank you to Yauatcha City for hosting Oh So London as part of this review. All views expressed here are our own. For more information about Yautcha and its Supreme Saturday menu, visit Yauatcha.com, follow them on twitter @YauatchaCity @YauatchaSoho and find them on instagram @YauatchaCity @YauatchaSoho & Facebook.