Before I embark on my expośe about an experience so rare, I would like to tell you – I am in love with the Raspberry Delice which, according to me, is ‘the most beautiful desert’ I’ve come across – petite in form and delicate to taste, it almost felt like a sublime love affair. The raspberry textured scarlet blossom holds within a decadent airy chocolate mousse on a bed of hazelnut brownie. Just when you bite into this painstakingly carved rose, the sensuous silken mousse captivates you and plays with your senses. The dollops of raspberry sauce do up the plate for you and the side raspberry ripple ice cream takes the combination to orgasmic ecstasy. Yes! Thanks to my friend Griha for foreseeing the aftermath of this indulgence at Yauatcha – a Michelin starred dim sum tea house that promises to become one of the most sought after modern Cantonese restaurants in the town. Situated at the posh Ambience mall, Vasant Kunj, this place sits in a rather secluded corner, a little difficult to locate but worth the stunt. Yauatcha owns a luxurious space with almost an open kitchen overlooking the appeased faces of the ones scarfing up on the tables that peep into one another, quite literally. I am a ‘no-looking-into-my-plate’ person actually. I wish this high-end Cantonese place just had more privacy to absorb rendezvous of sweet nothings, rather hush hush blabbering (for the loud expressive me and my akin). But besides the tad bit of concern, this modern and plush space done up in metal, glass and wood just like its London counterpart, can pass off as a hip nightclub, archiving soirées. As we sat, relaxed, we had our very first entrant to the table – a lime and passion fruit iced tea – refreshing with no artificial flavours lining up our throats but pure passion fruit and it’s rushes. What a delight! This place boasts of an array of dumplings to choose from – prawns, chicken, lamb, veggi, steamed, fried, smoked, charcoal end, transparent…..phewwwww!
What I liked the most was the prawn and seaweed dumpling – prawns are my fav. and they do a good job with it under the thoughtful expertise of Expat chef Chong Chee Loong. The Cheung fun was great too – rice noodle roll with chicken filling and sweet soy sauce poured over it whilst serving. Chicken and prawn shui mai were delectable dumped in the soy sauce that just balanced the favours right. They tore as thin paper with a burst of flavours inside of succulent and juicy chicken and prawn fineness. Baked chicken puff was a good variation to the dumplings – reminiscent of our own very chicken patty but with a fine twist of selective flavours. There was something that was not only different but has also been added to the new menu – the charcoal lamb bun – a little gooey on the outside but aperitive inside with lamb done to the ‘t’. The dumplings here are served with Chilly oil, hot chilly sauce and milder variety of chilly and garlic. The last thing that I probably had the most servings of was the chicken fried rice with egg white – only a good restaurant can make the fried rice right and this one tops my desirable list. On the side were the perfect Chinese udon noodles and the steamed red snapper in asam sauce – a flavoursome curry with familiar veggies from our own land ( felt Indian in Cantonese ) – a good sign must say!
Thus came to end my culinary experience at this awesome place worth a visit for all those who want to dump run-off-the-mill for some great dumplings over a glass of Shiraz.
Casa: Level 2, Ambience mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi