I remember when Hong Kong-born restauranteur Alan Yau first opened dim sum teahouse Yauatcha in 2004, fresh from the success of launching Hakksan. The shiny glass building and signature tropical fishtanks - on the less glamorous end of Broadwick Street in London's Soho - was eminently Instagrammable before Instagram was even invented and daringly at odds with the bustling fish markets and florists of Berwick Street Market nearby.
Although Yau flipped the Hakkasan Group in 2008, the Yauatcha legacy lives on through further locations in London, Mumbai and Texas, with the latest making its Middle East debut in Riyadh.
Riyadh fine diners, get ready for a modern Cantonese culinary adventure by way of Yauatcha signature dishes including crystal spicy scallop dumpling, and sticky rice in lotus leaf with chicken and dried shrimp, venison puff, and crispy aromatic duck.
And true to Alan Yau's innovative way of truly fusing culinary traditions, an in-house patisserie offers strawberry wasabi and matcha yuzu macarons.
The new Yauatcha will be located at Al Faisaliah Mall. See you there, Grazia girls.
Photos: Supplied and Instagram @yauatchasoho