HONOLULU (14 November 2016) — Hakkasan Group, the global hospitality company that has pioneered fine Chinese dining, will debut its first U.S. location of Yauatcha, a dim sum teahouse, on February 1, 2017 in Honolulu. Located on the Grand Lanai level of the newly redeveloped International Market Place, the indoor-outdoor restaurant will feature dim sum, a patisserie, an extensive tea menu and eclectic mixology program in a contemporary setting with 276 seats.
Yauatcha Waikiki will be one of the key restaurants in the recently redeveloped International Market Place, a storied location that is part of the land bequeathed by Hawaii’s Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV that continue to fund Queen’s Hospital.
Launched in London in 2004, Yauatcha Soho earned a Michelin star within its first year, which it has since retained. The innovative dim sum dining experience, a modern interpretation of the traditional Hong Kong teahouse, is ideal for a light lunch of steamed, baked, grilled or fried dim sum or larger feasts of duck, fish and noodle dishes. Yauatcha is also famed for its wide selection of teas and assorted patisseries and is a popular destination for social cocktails with friends or colleagues.
Paris-based design firm GBRH created the interiors, as the firm has done for two previous Yauatcha locations. Keeping to the restaurant’s contemporary take on traditional Asian design, GBRH’s designers approached the project with the intent of creating a warm and sleek atmosphere, comfortable yet elegant enough to set the stage for Yauatcha’s cuisine. Each color of the five feng shui elements is represented throughout the restaurant — blue, yellow, red, black and white. From the furniture to decorative lighting and intricate design throughout, each detail was considered to create a truly unique concept that feels both balanced and harmonious.
Guests enter Yauatcha through the retail and a la carte patisserie, which displays a full spectrum of handcrafted chocolate truffles, macarons, tarts and petites gateaux. Next is the main dining area with yellow chairs, the main bar, dining lounge and a dim sum counter with tall Chinese red chairs, and finally the outdoor terrace. Elegant, creative design unifies the space, providing a distinct dining experience for guests.
Yauatcha has a design DNA that will be recognizable to those who have visited. The smooth blue glass has become a standalone trademark, used in softly glowing doors, partitions and shelving. The brick walls, typical of traditional tea houses, add texture to the intricately carved wood walls, encasing ambient light fixtures. A quatrefoil is used as a captivating design motif in oversized door handles and the cut-outs in the backs of bar chairs. White ceramic tear-drop lights fall from a dark ceiling with thousands of pinpoints of light.
Other materials include fabricated terrazzo tile floors, wood veneer, wooden beams, white marble in the pastry and bar areas, and custom-designed embroidered leather banquettes. A slender blue aquarium, also a signature note, is tucked above the patisserie and the terrace affords a view of one of Hawaii’s cherished banyan trees. Lush greenery completes the exterior landscape.
Yauatcha will be located at International Market Place, 2330 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Guests interested in receiving more information can visit www.Yauatcha.com/Waikiki for reservations, promotions and additional details regarding the restaurant or by visiting www.Facebook.com/YauatchaWaikiki or www.Instagram.com/YauatchaWaikiki