Last month Nadia and I were fortunate to have attended the Grand Opening Party of Yauatcha Waikiki, a new dim sum teahouse located at the International Market Place.
We were able to enjoy a few delicious bites as samples were passed out at the event, but we felt as if we did not get experience all that Yauatcha truly has to offer.
So there was no hesitation to accept an invitation to have lunch there, and we were excited that Nat was able to join us, since she was was unable to attend the grand opening party.
Upon arrival at Yauatcha Waikiki, one of the first things we did was order tea, since you can't go to a dim sum teahouse without ordering some tea, right? We went with the exclusive "Waikiki" tea.
|Sauces and pickled cucumber|
We ordered several dishes, and in typical dim sum fashion, most dishes included three pieces (which was perfect for the three of us on the Hawaii Mom Blog team).
I really enjoyed the variety of dim sum we ordered, which included Char Siu Bun, the Chinese Chive Flower Dumpling, the Crispy Prawn Dumpling, and Shanghai Siew Long Bun (pork soup dumpling).
|Char Siu Bun|
|Chinese Chive Flower Dumpling|
|Crispy Prawn Dumpling|
|Shanghai Siew Long Bun|
|Prawn Bean Curd Cheung Fun|
Nadia's favorite was the Venison Puff. She could not stop talking about how much she loved the flaky puff pastry that was stuffed with tender, seasoned venison.
I also enjoyed the Scallop Shui Mai. Open-topped, steamed dumplings were filled with prawn and wrapped in egg flour skin pastry, topped with a scallop and tobiko caviar - indulgence in each bite!
|Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf|
|Sticky rice unwrapped|
The Raspberry Delice, a signature dessert at Yauatcha and probably one of the most Instagrammed Yauatcha desserts, was just beautiful! The rose-shaped dessert consists of a raspberry majari chocolate mousse with a lychee panna cotta center, and is served with a raspberry lychee ice cream
|Red Fruits Mascarpone|
|Apple Vanilla Choux|
It's a fantastic place to get together with friends to try out a variety of dishes.
Although there is no separate kids menu, I look forward to taking the family there, as there are plenty of items kids will enjoy (our server said the Roasted Duck Pumpkin Puff is a kid favorite).
The prices are a bit on the high side compared to other Dim Sum restaurants on the island, and people may be hesitant to dine at Yauatcha because of that, but what you get at Yauatcha Waikiki is quality ingredients in each expertly-prepared dish, as well as friendly and knowledgeable service (and kama`aina get a 10% off discount!).
I can't wait to return with the family and try out new dishes (and order the Prawn and Bean Curd Cheung Fun again!).
Mahalo to Yauatcha Waikiki / Hakkasan Group for the amazing lunch. Gratuity was paid on our own.