Yauatcha Waikiki Named "People's Choice Best New Restaurant" At The 2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser 'Ilima Awards

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Yauatcha Waikiki, a modern upscale dim sum teahouse by Hakkasan Group, received the distinguished honor of “People’s Choice New Best Restaurant” at the 22nd Honolulu Star-Advertiser ‘Ilima Awards.

Hakkasan Group management at the 2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser ‘Ilima Awards

Yauatcha Waikiki, a modern upscale dim sum teahouse by Hakkasan Group, received the distinguished honor of “People’s Choice New Best Restaurant” at the 22nd Honolulu Star-Advertiser ‘Ilima Awards.

Yauatcha was recognized on stage at the awards gala reception at Diamond Head Theatre on Monday, October 9, 2017. The winners were also announced in the ‘Ilima Awards section, A Guide to Oahu’s Top Restaurants, in the Star-Advertiser’s edition of Sunday, October 8, 2017.

“Yauatcha is still in its inaugural year and continues to receive acclaim from the local community. This honor, voted for by our guests, is especially meaningful to our team,” says Gert Kopera, Executive Vice President Restaurants Global of Hakkasan Group. “With the success of 2017 as a strong motivator, we plan to consistently raise the bar when it comes to dim sum and highly creative cocktails.”

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ‘Ilima Awards are considered to be among the highest honors awarded to restaurants in Hawai‘i. Winners are selected in the categories of the Producer’s Award – selected by Diamond Head Theatre; Publisher’s Award – selected by President and Publisher, Dennis Francis; Critic’s Choice – selected by Star-Advertiser food experts; and People’s Choice – voted by Hawai‘i residents.

Opened at the beginning of 2017 on the third level Grand Lanai at Waikiki’s International Market Place in Honolulu, Yauatcha Waikiki offers a refined interpretation of upscale Cantonese dim sum, patisserie inspired by European culinary techniques, a carefully crafted cocktail menu and an innovative tea program. Yauatcha Waikiki has earned a loyal following, attracting locals and visitors alike.

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About Yauatcha
Yauatcha is a Chinese dim sum teahouse offering an all-day dining experience. It launched in Soho, London in 2004 gaining immediate critical acclaim and receiving its Michelin star within a year of opening, which it maintains to this day. Yauatcha City opened in May 2015 following the success of the Soho restaurant. Yauatcha provides a unique dining experience, offering authentic dim sum with a contemporary influence. The menu includes a wide selection of dim sum and a list of over 30 types of tea. Yauatcha is also known for its hand-made petits gateaux and macarons. Yauatcha’s innovative cocktail program brings together Asian-inspired ingredients such as tea and lemongrass with fresh tropical fruits. The design offers full view of the kitchens allowing passers-by to witness the preparation of the expertly made dishes. Yauatcha is a part of Hakkasan Group, which has pioneered Chinese fine dining globally through its Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurants Hakkasan, HKK and Yauatcha. Yauatcha also has four restaurants in India; Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata, launched in Houston, Texas in March 2017, and will open in Saudi Arabia in 2018.

About Hakkasan Group
Hakkasan Group is a worldwide hospitality company with establishments across the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Its namesake is taken from its Michelin star restaurant that set the high-level standard for the group’s collection of diverse brands. Its ‘brand first’ philosophy builds restaurant, nightlife, daylife and soon-to-be hotel concepts into world-class hospitality brands, all with a focus on service, design, innovation and experience.

Its restaurant portfolio includes Hakkasan, with 11 locations worldwide, Ling Ling, Yauatcha, HKK, Sake no Hana, Herringbone and Searsucker. Under the nightlife/daylife umbrella of brands are Hakkasan Nightclub, Wet Republic, OMNIA and Jewel.

Hakkasan Group is fully owned by Alliance International Investments LLC, an investment company based out of Abu Dhabi. For more information, visit http://www.hakkasangroup.com.

About International Market Place
Located in the heart of Waikīkī, International Market Place is a world-class shopping, dining and entertainment destination featuring a curated mix of upscale and lifestyle brands, and the first Saks Fifth Avenue in Hawai‘i. The shopping center is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Operating hours for restaurants will vary. For ease of access, the center provides 700 parking spaces and convenient valet parking. For more information, visit shopinternationalmarketplace.com and in Japanese ja.shopinternationalmarketplace.com.

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