The restaurant was created in 2004 by Alan Yau, who previously created the Wagamama Japanese and Busaba Eathai Thai restaurant chains and the more expensive Hakkasan restaurant, also in London. Like Hakkasan, Yauatcha gained a Michelin star rating in 2005, which it has retained.
In April 2005, the British Restaurant magazine released its fourth annual global ranking of the 50 Best Restaurants and Yauatcha was rated 43rd in the list (with a total of ten London restaurants listed).
In January 2008, Yau sold a majority interest in Yauatcha and Hakkasan to Tasameem, part of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
Previous Chinese London restaurants awarded a Michelin star have been Lee Ho Fook in Soho (1974), Poons of Covent Garden (1979–1980), Tiger Lee in Earls Court (1980–1986), and The Oriental at the Dorchester (1993–2000).
Rachel Stevens wrote a praising article on the restaurant in March 2009 in the 'Observer Food Monthly' magazine.
- Article from The Observer, 2004
- Article from The Telegraph, 2004
- Article The Times, 2004
- Chinese Yauatcha
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