Delicate Dim Sum & Cool Cocktails

Exactly a week after I got back from Hong Kong, I found myself at Yauatcha, the Chinese dim sum specialty restaurant located in the 1 MG Road Mall. Now, this is a chain that began in Soho, London, where the term Michelin starred has been earned. They already has an Indian presence in Mumbai, and I had been hearing good things ever since it opened its doors in Bangalore in September and just waiting for a chance to partake of the offerings.

Located as they are, in a mall, they decided to create a special (Drink some and Dim sum, *tee hee*) that will appeal to mall wanderers, and can be availed any time of the day, Monday through Thursday. You get a basket of eight steamed dumplings (veg/mixed; 4 kinds) and one cocktail/mocktail at a good price point, especially if you are doing the cocktails! The Chicken and prawn shui mai was as good as any I’ve eaten in Hong Kong, and the 17-fold Har gua was tops too. The two veg selections in the mixed basket were Crystal and Chive dumplings. We also tried the Duck rolls, served with a plum sauce. This is not to be missed if you’re a duck eater – Finnish duck, no less, and the taste and texture were superb.

Raspberry Delice
Raspberry Delice

We tried the much tweeted and talked about Raspberry Delice, that looked and tasted like a dream; the tartness of the raspberry sauce paired beautifully with the chocolate mousse and the fact that it looked like a velvet rose pincushion just added to the charm of the dessert! We also enjoyed the Religieuse, another chocolate concoction, though the ice cream served with this one was overpowering – the flavor was too strong and a bit odd when combined with chocolate. Clearly, there’s a reason why the delice gets rave reviews!

Must try cocktails
Must try cocktails

We also, with just a little egging on, tried more of the cocktails that Yauatcha makes. They have an interesting and large range, as the well stocked bar which occupies one section attests to. As part of the ‘Drink some’ selection, you can choose from the Thea Martini and the Lalu (vodka, lemongrass, Oolong tea and lychee juice). There was also a crushed red grapes, vodka and champagne cocktail, Cha La Lai, that was quite good, but my favorite from the lot was the spectacular looking and tasting citrus-y kumquat fruit infused concoction.

Sunset in a glass
Sunset in a glass

Yauatcha also has an impressive array of teas on offer, and a large menu of all kinds of Chinese food, so I shall be hoofing it back there at the earliest to partake of more of their delicious food and drink. This time it was just about the drinking and dim summing. Once you are inside, you are sure to forget that just below you is a mall and shops, and you can enjoy a lovely meal in a gently lit, attentive setting. And if you’re there at an in-between time, or just in the mood for snacking and a drink, give the set menu ‘Drink some and Dim sum’ a try! A meal here will cost you significantly more, so this is the perfect way to enjoy the place without breaking the bank.

Note, November 25th: Apparently, they are keeping this promo under wraps for some reason, as friends who visited found out. So, make sure you ask for the special menu!

Natasha Ali

Natasha's first foray into food writing has been with Chef at Large. Who knew all those years spent eating food, reading about it and looking for the next restaurant to try or watching cooking shows would have left such an indelible impression?! She's back in India after having spent over a decade in the US where she studied as well as taught in academia and now works as a content writer seeing as she can write about pretty much anything. Movie mad, obsessed with the English language, and never one to turn down a glass of good wine, cup of tea, or a good book, she's open to trying any dish once, she enjoys a variety of cuisines with favorites being Ethiopian, Thai, and Lebanese. Natasha covers Bangalore for Chef at Large and can be reached at natasha.ali@www.chefatlarge.in