Yauatcha Soho


Chinese | Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden

People may complain about the sharp table-turning at this subterranean Chinese restaurant - Alan Yau's follow-up to Hakkkasan, but you'll never hear a bad word about the dim sum. If it's something sweet you're after, head for the street-level patisserie and tea shop.

Restaurant details

15 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DL
Nearest tube: 
Oxford Circus
Telephone number: 020 7494 8888


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15 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DL


Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Douglas Blyde Foodepedia Estimated score
Reviewed on April 05, 2010
"Even though Yau has sold his restaurants... through dynamic design and deft, distinctive dishes, his spirit lives on." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Andy Hayler Andy Hayler's Restaurant Guide
Reviewed on November 01, 2007
"It is every bit as good as at Hakkasan, with superb har gau featuring very tender prawns and feather-light steamed dumpling surrounding the prawns" READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6.5
Anon Time Out
Reviewed on September 18, 2007
"The food is excellent, whether you order from the extensive dim sum menu (served until late into the evening) or the smaller selection of main courses." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on May 30, 2004
"Even allowing for the great food, though, I'm not sure I can be fagged. I just hate doing anything by the clock, especially dim sum." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Matthew Fort Guardian
Reviewed on May 22, 2004
"Alan Yau has again proved that he has a particular gift for taking familiar aspects of Chinese food and serving them up in a sophisticated, orientalised western setting." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
Terry Durack Independent
Reviewed on May 02, 2004
"Yauatcha is a treasure, a joy, a wonder. Of course I was going to like it, but I didn't know I was going to love it. " READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed by May 15, 2004
However good some of the food was, this is the sort of restaurant that makes me want to saw off my foot and leave it on the table until it goes green, just to slap the punters and the staff out of their dopey minimalist trance. READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Richard Johnson Independent
Reviewed on May 01, 2004
"But the freshness of the ingredients - and their imaginative composition - set Yauatcha apart." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Jan Moir Telegraph
Reviewed on April 17, 2004
"Even sitting at the worst table and not being hugely impressed with anything, I can still see that Yauatcha is a total smash." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on April 14, 2004
"The standard of preparation was so high - if you think Royal China is good, think again - that probably none will disappoint..." READ REVIEW