There was a perfect symmetry to it. The Asian brilliance of the confectionary and the simplicity of good coffee and good milk; fused.
Then Yauatcha got sold by Alan Yau and they got rid of the Asian high tea area and the patisseries on the ground floor to focus on more base elements of getting as many customers in as they can in rather than offering a multilayered experience. This is a real shame as the precision and flavours in Alan Yau’s patisseries were something else. They have, however, kept doing macaroons so I thought these would still go with a good flat white. They didn’t.
Jen and I bought a whole box of the macaroons and did something we have never done before in the face of a pile of puffy sugar – deposited it shortly thereafter in the bin. They were terrible. Rank badly baked off flavoured tosh.
Thank God for Flat White though. Through all its years it remains what it is. A shop overflowing with Antipodeans where you can get, served by an Antipodean, a flat white.
You can complicate it with pastries etc. but I wouldn’t bother. I would stick with what they do so well. This visit it was as ever, spot on. The perfect accompaniment to wandering down Old Compton Street.
I also got to take a picture of the door mechanism which has remained the same since it opened. A bit of old copper with some cups hanging off it. The barista told me that the cups don’t even break very often and it is the most photographed thing in the shop.
So, Flat White yes. Yauatcha’s macaroons hell no. Do their cruddy macaroons speak to a more general running down of standards in the main dim sum area itself? I have heard on the Twitter winds that Yauatcha’s dim sum isn’t as good as it once was but after the macaroons I wouldn’t risk it and would go straight to Pearl Liang instead (here).
Price – £2.20 for a flat white, don’t even think about a macaroon – Laduree is near by.
PS I’m off to cycle to Tina We Salute you now as writing about flat whites has made me want one (here) – it is awesome.