Bookatable's London Restaurant Festival 2018


If you read my blog or follow me on Instagram you know I love Asian cuisine and especially dim sum, I'm constantly trying to find the best dim sum offerings and restaurants in London and I’ve finally found one that, after one visit, was already up there as one of my favourites in London.

Until the 31st October, you can book amazing dining experiences for less at Bookatable's London Restaurant Festival 2018. Discover some of the best restaurants in London which have created menus specifically for the festival at really great prices, which means you can eat out the places you've always wanted to try for less

There’s so many different restaurants with specially designed menus that are super affordable, and you can choose from so many options; restaurants with a view, steak restaurants, trendy restaurants, afternoon tea, free-flowing deals. The options are endless.

I went down to Yauatcha City, the sister restaurant of Michelin-starred Yauatcha in Soho, which I visited for the first time on my birthday this year, and a member of the acclaimed Hakkasan fleet. Yauatcha City presents high-end Chinese delicacies in a cool and trendy location.

Their special menu for London Restaurant Festival includes 4 courses and a cocktail for £35 per person. This includes steamed dim sum, fried and baked dim sum, a main, side and their extra special (and extra good) petit gateau, straight from their fresh dessert counter. They all have that luxury Parisian touch and amongst the offering are rainbow-coloured rows of macarons, artisan chocolates, freshly made tarts and dainty desserts, including lemon mousse with basil and meringue, or raspberry delice with chocolate and lychee. At only £35 for these delicious four-courses that is amazing value for money. Sometimes set menus can be a little restricting and boring but Bookatable's London Restaurant Festival menus are really well thought out and offer you a great variety of dishes. Yauatcha City has brought everything I would normally order from their a la carte menu together at an affordable price.

The cocktails

The London Restaurant Festival set menu comes with a quite basic rum cocktail, mixed with cranberry and orange or a soft drink. I had to follow this up with my classic favourite, The Porn Star Martini, and following with a Pink & Tonic from their Signature cocktail menu. Fresh, refreshing and fruity. The cocktails are presented really well and taste amazing! The prices are standard of a London restaurant from around £9-12.

The food

The set menu steamed dim sum offering includes a traditional steamed basket filled with a Prawn Shui Mai with Chicken, Wild Mushroom Dumpling and Crystal Dumpling Wrap with Pumpkin. My favourite was the prawn and chicken, and the pumpkin dumpling, they are really generous with the filling inside the dumpling and all the dumplings are extremely flavoursome.

Next was the fried and baked dim sum, Venison Puff, Mushroom Spring Roll and Chicken Shanghai dumpling. I’m not the biggest fan of venison so I changed this for an extra chicken dumpling. The mushroom spring roll contains black truffle which is my absolute favourite, it’s soft and crunchy with a distinct truffle flavour. The star of the show for me was the chicken dumpling, it’s pretty similar to a gyoza, lightly fried on the outside for a crispy taste but stuffed full with tasty chicken.

There’s quite a generous selection available for the main course, from Steamed Chilli Prawn, Thai Style Chicken and Sweet and Sour Pork. I went for the Stir-fry Rib Eye Beef in Black Bean Sauce for the main course, that’s my go-to when I order takeaway so it’s nice to eat a real deal restaurant version which you know is going to taste 1000x better. The sauce was a combination of peppery and salty and the meat was soft and tender, I really enjoyed the steamed jasmine rice and garlicy pak choi side.

The desserts at Yauatcha are never a disappointment, the presentation along with the taste are always flawless and are the perfect ending to the most enjoyable meal. I enjoyed it so much I’ve actually booked to go back before the offer ends!

To book the Yauatcha Bookatable London Restaurant Festival menu, click here. It’s available until 31st October.

You can find more food & restaurant festivals taking place all year round near to you here.

*I was invited to visit Yauatcha City by Bookatable although the views and thoughts represented in this article are my own.*