This February sees Michelin-starred Chinese dim sum teahouse Yauatcha, by the internationally acclaimed Hakkasan Group, celebrate Chinese New Year by forming an exclusive collaboration with global endeavour The Campaign for Wool. The brands will transform the restaurant by designing a Year of the Sheep pop art window display in addition to an unconventional art gallery and wool makeover within the Soho restaurant from 2nd to 28th February.
The Campaign for Wool and Yauatcha designed the one-off window display to honour the most auspicious date in the Chinese calendar, taking inspiration from the Year of the Sheep and the innovative local area of Soho. Passers-by will observe the colourful creation filling the window, depicting different breeds of sheep in the iconic pop art style. Throughout February the restaurant and bar will be home to a pop-up gallery, with additional sheep prints adorning the walls. The restaurant will also be treated to an interiors makeover by The Campaign for Wool, punctuated by specially-designed Camira woollen upholstery tailored bespoke for the campaign.
In keeping with the Chinese tradition of gifting red envelopes containing money, Yauatcha will be giving away eight – a lucky number in China – lavish prizes through social media. Neon sheep statues will be hidden throughout Soho during February – those who spot them and upload the image via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram will win meals for two, petits gateaux and cocktails.
Those born in the Year of the Sheep often display characteristics of being artistic and creative. Yauatcha’s pastry team have kept this central to the campaign by producing limited-edition sheep-themed macarons and petits gateaux which will be added to the existing array of award-winning desserts and handmade chocolates:
Macarons Caramelised sheep’s milk macaron coated with oats, filled with dulce de leche. £1.80 each.
Petits Gateaux Sheep’s milk yoghurt bavarois centred with lemon curd and lemon sable on a bed of lemon sponge and pandan buttercream, garnished with sheep’s yoghurt cream with crystallised grains, flowers and cress. £5.90 (retail); £8.80 (à la carte).
Guests at Yauatcha on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd February will view the spectacle of the traditional Chinese lion dance, with the raucous theatrical procession of the lion visiting every table with its colourful and noisy celebratory performance.