It’s no surprise the hospitality company that has evolved the concept of fine Chinese dining has more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Hakkasan Group created something new with the arrival of Yauatcha, a dim sum and teahouse experience that earned a Michelin star within its first year of existence in London.
Now Yauatcha comes to the U.S. with a new, 276-seat, indoor-outdoor restaurant at the International Market Place in Honolulu on Oahu’s south shore, opening on February 1.
Guests will enter Yauatcha, designed by Paris-based GBRH, through a patisserie with a full spectrum of handcrafted chocolate truffles, macarons and tarts. The main dining area includes a bar, dining lounge, outdoor terrace and dim sum counter. Each color of the five feng shui elements is represented throughout the restaurant, and each detail strives for balance and harmony. Brick and carved wood walls add texture, and white ceramic teardrop lights trickle down from a dark ceiling. A blue aquarium sits above the patisserie, and the terrace offers views of Hawaii’s famed banyan trees.
Fitting nicely with the Cantonese restaurant concepts Hakkasan and HKK, Yauatcha also has four restaurants in India and will launch in Houston in March and Saudi Arabia in 2018.