Michelin-starred Hakkasan Group is opening a restaurant at The Galleria in Houston.
Yauatcha, a contemporary dim sum teahouse, is scheduled to bow in the spring at the Jewel Box, a freestanding building under construction outside The Galleria.
London-based restaurateur Hakkasan has been expanding around the world, recently unveiling eateries in Shanghai, Mykonos, Los Angeles and London. Upcoming openings are set for Hawaii and Jakarta.
As a dim sum teahouse, Yauatcha is unusual because it serves classic European pastries. They’re made with Chinese ingredients, so petits gateaux, macarons and chocolates are infused with tea, lavender honey, blood orange and passion fruit.
The Jewel Box will house an 8,434-square-foot Yauatcha and 5,625-square-foot Webster, opening in December. A valet parking area will connect the Jewel Box to the mall.
“When we created this beautiful Jewel Box, we envisioned having a restaurant and a retailer,” said David Contis, president of Simon Malls. “With more than $30 million visitors to the Galleria each year, the center is the perfect location for Yauatcha.”
The Galleria is in the midst of a $250 million upgrade that will see Saks Fifth Avenue move to a new location at the center and the original Saks converted into 25 to 35 specialty stores and several new restaurants.
“The new restaurants will be first-to-market or internationally acclaimed and more upscale,” said Contis, noting that the Galleria’s lower level contains a food court and fast-casual dining. Other food options include restaurants such as Del Frisco’s, Oceanaire, South African fusion fare from Peli Peli and White Oak Kitchen.