One night while exploring through Instagram, I stumbled upon an ad for a dim sum teahouse opening in Houston. I’m obsessed with both, so I dug further into the account and discovered a new Michelin starred restaurant, originally from London, was opening soon in my area; and I was more than ecstatic for it to open in the next months. At first I was under the impression having Michelin stars meant it was specific to a fine dining experience, but there are many complex milestones for restaurants to hit to earn their stars. It also doesn’t always mean it’ll burn a hole in your pocket. Michelin stars are also based on location, not all posts qualify to be rated. You can read more about what it takes to earn the stars in this article by Jonas M Luster.
After much anticipation, I finally was able to book reservations for Yauatcha using Open Table. With camera in tow, and memory cleared, I was ready to experience mouth-watering dim sum and some nice hot tea. When we arrived into the parking lot, we did a few circles, and had no luck finding parking – so we opted for valet which was $11 (plus tip of course).
There are beautiful blue-tinted doors as you walk up, and the entrance is directly in view of Shake Shack. As the doors open you get this aroma of well, a tea house. This brought so much nostalgia to me, as it reminded me of my grandmother’s house. Then as you continue there is a show case with the beautiful European style desserts, perfectly lit and lined up. Of course, I asked to sit by a window so I could clearly get some photos up for you guys.
The decor is filled with clean lines across the restaurant, with tables surrounded by booths and chairs. The space is open and bright by the windows, and more dimmed as you go deeper near the kitchen. In sight you’ll see light fixtures delicately dangling above each table. The restrooms have modern style faucets and white marble walls.
5045 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056
ROASTED TENDER BRANCH OOLONG TEA
dong ding mountain, china – $7 / pot
CRAB AND SWEET CORN SOUP
CRISPY DUCK ROLL
An eggroll stuffed with duck, and a sweet dipping sauce. Crispy has to be my all time favorite texture so I was looking forward to it, but sadly the duck was a tad dry, and this dish did not satisfy my tastebuds. With the sauce, it’s not as bad, but the duck roll could not stand alone.
Oh I would definitely not puff puff pass on these venison puffs. The outside is super flaky, and inside is filled with a sweet and savory filling. If you’re a fan of pâté chaud, you’d definitely love this! One of my favorites!
SHANGHAI SIEW LONG BUN
pork soup dumpling-$8
Personally soup dumplings are my comfort food. I love eating these in untraditonal ways, like at Tiger Noodle House where I add a little hot chili oil, and the traditional way with vinegar and ginger. This has made my list of top soup dumplings in Houston.
GREEN TEA MACARON
raspberry, manjari chocolate, lychee-$12
What I truly enjoyed at the end of my meal was not feeling like I needed a nap – the typical feeling I get after Chinatown dim sum. The ingredients at Yauatcha are quality and fresh, and you can taste it with every bite. The service is amazing, and when you ask for anything you don’t have to wave down a waiter 5x before finally receiving it. Will this experience replace my desire to meet with family and friends in Chinatown every other Sunday? Probably not. I believe everyone should give Yauatcha a try, and keep in mind you’re paying for an overall different dining experience from Houston’s typical dim sum in Chinatown – this includes service, quality, and ambiance, not just the flavor of food.
Let me know down below if you will be trying this place, and willing to pay for the duck below!
P.S. The Peking Duck Caviar is something highly talked about with the price tag at $238. I did not have the taste to spend that kind of dough but my friend @datfoodporn did! Please enjoy these photos by him!
“Ducking worth it…
Best duck I’ve ever had…it’s light, not greasy, the salty caviar isn’t too much, and it compliments…they say it feed 4 but me and the gf killed it” –@datfoodporn