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February 24, 2017

New to International Market Place: Yauatcha


Yauatcha, a dim sum teahouse offering contemporary Cantonese dim sum opened its doors last week in the International Market Place.  The Waikiki location is the seventh Yauatcha restaurant worldwide and the first in the United States.  The teahouse also brings to Hawaii patisserie inspired by European culinary techniques and Asian ingredients and an extensive range of tea, wine and cocktails.

Chef Ho Chee Boon, International Executive Chef at Hakkasan Group, created a menu that is authentic to Cantonese cuisine while utilizing local ingredients such as taro root.  Last night I got a taste of the menu when I attended the lavish Grand Opening celebration complete with a rickshaw transporting guests and lion dance!

Every Yauatcha is decorated with blue glass which represents the calming effects of water.

The brick walls are typical of traditional dim sum houses.

Dine on the terrace for views of the market's iconic banyan tree.

The chefs are busy at work in the open kitchen.
Tucked to the side of the kitchen, we sneaked a peek of the beautiful desserts.
A sampling of the dim sum menu:  wagyu beef with pickled root, shumai, shrimp, peking chicken dumpling, sweet and sour pork, macarons and chocolate pebble desserts.

On your way in or out, beautiful pastries sit in the showcase awaiting your purchase.


The macaron I tried had the perfect chewy texture and the filling was wonderful as well. 


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