Delhi: Food Review – Yauatcha, Vasant Kunj

London’s favourite dim sum and tea house is almost a year old in Delhi. So, what makes it one of the most sought after restaurants in the city?

yautcha_2After its success in Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore, the Michelin starred restaurant from London opened in Delhi early last year. Located in the swanky Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj, this fine dining restaurant offers modern authentic dim sum, teas and Cantonese dishes and beverages. Like its other International and Indian outlets, Delhi’s Yauatcha too has a largely dark wood décor with polished metal accents. Later in the evening, the restaurant turns the beat around dim lights and thumping music.

IMG-20141115-WA0007Every table has a marble wine glass holder on the side which allow plenty of room for the food and keeps you from accidentally spilling it. All this natty innovations aside, the Lemon Grass Mocktail (Rs 275) has a sweet and pungent flavour with pineapple juice and lemon grass syrup. Yauatcha is known for its delicate, carefully moulded dim sum and the Prawn and Seaweed Dumpling (Rs 375) needs to work a little harder to live up to its name. Its sticky texture and slightly bland filling needs work. However, the Mushroom Asparagus Cheung Fun (Rs 475) was a pleasant surprise. The sugar-glazed flaky puff pastry was filled with a sweetish mixture of mushroom and asparagus.

IMG-20141115-WA0005Spicy Mahlak Chicken (Rs 475) with sesame seeds and mushrooms, a new addition to the menu, had boneless stir-fried chicken with onions and capsicum. The perfectly cooked chicken was fiery though balanced the aromatic Egg White Fried Rice (Rs 475) well. The Vegetarian Ho Fan Noodles (Rs 525) appeared a bit dry but once you tuck in there are plenty of fresh, bold flavours to bring this dish alive.

IMG-20141115-WA0008Move on to the desserts and you might want to get click happy with The Raspberry Delice (Rs 375). Shaped like a beautiful rose bud, all we can say is #WOW! Start with the palate cleansing lemon yogurt sorbet and then move on to the decadent, dark chocolate mousse. Folded over raspberries, bits of hazelnut and salted caramel there is plenty of textural crunches to this otherwise velvety mousse.

If you’ve been here and have a favourite, (we know you do!) leave us a comment or tweet to us @wecallitwow to share it with other food fanatics.

Must Try: Mushroom Asparagus Cheung Fun, Raspberry Delice
Meal For Two: Rs 2,500 + taxes

This meal was sponsored by the restaurant.

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