Although it’s only just been one year since I’ve started, I admit I’ve been close to quitting several times! Only someone who owns a blog would really know how much effort it takes to continue and sustain one…Some of you probably came through Instagram, my second media sharing platform which – I must admit, was never intended to be so food/ food blog focused.
Moving on, below are some of my favourite restaurants in London. You’ll find under each restaurant there is a link my blog ‘review’, a link to their website and a snippet of the food available for you to browse whilst choosing your top 3!
1. All you need to dois select your preferences on which restaurant you’d like to go for. You can only pick up to a maximum of 3 out of 4! EASY.
2. You also need to be following me on at least 1 of the social media platformsalready. For example: Facebook, the blog, Instagram or Twitter.
Please note that there is no difference to whichever order you choose, you’ll be put into 3 different prize draws for your three choices. The names will feed through a ballot and one person will be picked from each of the four draws. Get choosing!
*Please note that some of these restaurants have sponsored the vouchers*
Meal courtesy of Yauatcha City. The dim sum at Yauatcha represents an oasis of calm and beautywithin the vibrant city of London. Opened in 2004, it’s no stranger to the Chinese dining scene, with a recent new opening of its second branch within The City (20th May 2015), Liverpool Street. Below, a video from the Yauatcha website, a video that best represents the wealth of expertise and reputation Yauatcha currently holds in the restaurant and food industry.
Yauatcha’s dim sum teahouse offers all day luxurious dim sum and other quality chinese dishes. Set in the heart of the City, it is perfectly within reach for city workers and residents alike.
I was here for the launch of Supreme Saturdays set menu, a set course perfect for catch-ups and casual diningbut in an electric atmosphere. The launch of this menu was a highly media-friendly affair, with big name instagrammers and journalists all eagerly awaiting to try the new set menu. (I came here with my colleagues Alex and Liam.) Cantonese dishes flood the menu, with influences from all parts of China slightly altered with a modern touch. The traditional tastes remain.
Renowned for their 38 types of tea, their cocktails and their patisserie. See this post for a more inclusive summary of what their patisseries have to offer.
The meal: [Supreme Saturday Set Menu £49]
Knowing how cold England can actually get for end of August – it was surprisingly, pretty good weather on the Saturday! Cocktails can be enjoyed by outside on the terrace, when full on a sunny day, the relaxing and chill environment makes it perfect for catch ups and small talk. The Lychee Martini was most impressive, a Hakkasan signature made of Belvedere vodka, lychee liquer, lychee juice and fresh lime. So refreshing!
I naturally have high expectations for Yauatcha (and the Hakkasan Group in general), since, as a regular visitor the reason I keep coming back is due to the fine quality of dim sum offered at a continuously high level. I was slightly concerned when I saw how much liquid had settled down at the bottom of the dim sum plate (pictured above), presumably from the condensation from having the lid closed for a certain amount of time. However, I was not disappointed, the dim sum platter was steamed very well! The dumpling skin thin but strong enough to hold the filling and all the juices with it too.
The dim sum platter is made of pork and prawn shui mai, har gau, black pepper and wagyu beef dumpling, vegetable and truffle wrap, crystal dumpling wrap with pumpkin with pine nut, and wild mushroom dumpling. Genius!
The fried dim sum was also a very delicious affair. The lobster roll can get pretty crumbly but crumbly is good, especially when the filling was surprisingly meaty inside. The platter consists of venison pull, mushroom spring roll, lobster roll and sesame prawn toast.
The mains come with a pot of steamed rice too. You will have a choice of two between three, the fois gras diced beef, truffled pork belly rib and lobster vermicelli pot. We opted for the truffle pork belly rib and lobster vermicelli pot. The pork was braised very well and the generous amount of mushroom and truffle made this my favourite dish of the set.
You can’t leave Yauatcha without desserts, their very well presented desserts can often be too rich for me, but the visual presentation captivates all. The Chocolate Pebble, an alto el sol single origin dark chocolate brownie topped by caramelised white chocolate. The lemon tart was not as strong in lemon flavour as I would have liked, but when theres sesame cremeux and Matcha creme in the equation, that can be forgiven!
Desserts, cocktails and also tea at Yauatcha are highly recommended, I won’t go into it too much here as there is a separate post for this.
Service: The waiters here have a breadth of knowledge, ask them anything and they’ll recommend you dishes suited to your taste buds!
Bits and bobs
A great selection of teas, some are slightly pricier than others but their teas are a must try!