What happens when a famous dim sum restaurant from London’s Soho district sets up shop on Mumbai’s shores? The result is a host of gasping gourmets asking for more. Yauatcha got the city’s foodies abuzz, a few months ago, when it opened up its sprawling Mumbai outpost. After its staggering success in the British capital, this ‘dim sum tea house specialising in wok-friendly dishes and small eats’ as its website states, the Mumbai restaurant was all set to change the way we perceived Chinese food, with a delectable menu, applying a strong focus on dim sums.
When I was first invited to sample the fare at Yauatcha, I was not able to eat out due to health reasons. Now that I am back to tasting food across the city, their invite coincided with their new summer dim sum and cocktail menu. When I finally settled into my plush seat, by the huge glass windows, I knew that what I was in for was well worth the wait.
The restaurant is indeed sprawling by Mumbai standards. Almost 250 covers spread across a huge, contemporary space. What I loved most was the fact that the tables had enough space between them. You never feel cramped – a rare occurrence in Mumbai’s poky restaurants.
The menu was beautiful and featured a bunch of dim sums, specially created for the summer season.
Here’s what I tried.
I am not going to go into details of textures, aromas and flavours here as the food was delectable and that would make my blogpost way too long and wordy. It is safe to say that the quality of the ingredients and the finesse of preparation was clearly visible in every dish. My favourite (which apparently is one of the restaurant’s hot sellers) was the Edamame and Truffle Dim Sum. It was a rich blast of flavours with a soft creamy texture.
Yauatcha rates extremely high on service. I am a keen observer of service standards at any restaurant and, here, I noticed that many regulars walking in greeted the restaurant managers and serving staff by name – in my opinion, a sure sign of good service. Naresh, who was in charge of service at my table, was extremely knowledgable about the menu, the ingredients and the preparations. However, I noticed that the junior servers were not proficient enough with the names of the dishes they were serving. If Yauatcha intends to maintain its international edge over other restaurants in the city, they might have to work on the product knowledge of their staff.
Yauatcha Mumbai scores high on most fronts – a menu that is much more than impressive, great quality food and, of course brilliant service.
Without a doubt, it goes into my picks of top Chinese restaurants in the city. So reserve a table and enjoy the new summer menu, over a few exotic cocktails and a bunch of friends