Rick Tomich, Stephanie Capellas, Steve Wyatt, Joyce Echols
Yauatcha's umbrella girls
Yvonne and Rufus Cormier, Divya Brown
Inside Yauatcha's grand opening bash
A dragon welcomes guest to Yauatcha
Allison Coy, Kelli Rose
Yauatcha's patisserie didn't disappoint.
Daniel Jackson, Kam Franklin
Elizabeth Vail, Kathryn Smith
Sverre and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
Ursaline Hamilton, Craig Taylor
Yannick Augy, Nick McCabe
It was the grand opening party of the season as Hakkasan Group’s Chinese dim sum teahouse Yauatcha feted its buzzy new Houston restaurant with a festive soiree. More than 500 patrons flocked to the Michelin-starred restaurant for a night of fare and fun, which featured everything from rooftop lion dancers to LED jugglers.
Upon entry, guests were greeted by Yauatcha’s umbrella girls before basking in the posh 10,200 square-foot surrounds where flowing food and cocktails were on full display. Yauatcha specialties — grilled Wagyu beef with black pepper sauce, sha cha Chilean sea bass, roasted duck, and an array of dim sum — made their rounds accompanied by a bevy of ornate beverages including the Nashi Momo, a mix of vodka, peach liqueur, pear, lemon, coconut and guava.
The night climaxed with a traditional Chinese performance delivered by a crew of giant dragons and stilt walkers. Also on hand was DJ Matthew Tuttle, fresh from his residency at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant & Nightclub.
Chef Graham Hornigold‘s delicate pastries helped close out the night. Our favorite sweet treat: the cassis grand macaron with apple, Calvados raisin, crème diplomat and crumble choux.
Spotted in the crowd: Hakkasan Group CEO Nick McCabe, Vice President of Business Development Angela Lester, Executive Vice President of Marketing Dianna Balabon, and Executive Vice President of Global Restaurants Gert Kopera; Diane Lokey Farb, Carolyn Farb, Steve Wyatt, Joyce Echols, rapper Bun B, Cerón, Sarah Jawda, Saba Jawda, Adrian Dueñas, Marcelo Saenz, Fady Armanious, Dominique Sachse, Rufus and Yvonne Cormier, Tatiana Massey, Colin Moussa, Divya and Chris Brown, Sverre and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl.