Yauatcha is one of those restaurants that have the word legend suffixed to it all the time. A Michelin starred restaurant, voted among the top 50 restaurants in the world and London’s amazing Hakkasan as a sister restaurant to boot. You will understand the level of expectations I had while visiting the place. Moreover, authentic Chinese cuisine is something that is hard to find in Delhi anyway.
Located on Level 2 of Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, Yauatcha has a warm but very sophisticated feel to it. The restaurant is massive with many tables, which are very well spaced out so you can be yourself without being pried on by others.
The dimsums are what Yauatcha is most known for and we started the afternoon sampling five of their best. We ordered a platter of fried turnip cake, sesame prawn toast, char feung (prawns), chicken char sui bun and chicken and prawn sui mai. and they were some of the best dim sums I’ve had. In fact, I think they are the best dim sums available in Delhi.
What makes them special, literally everything. The balance of flavours, the freshness and the distinct taste of each dimsum is reason for me to return to Yauatcha. I think the best dims have the meat cooked al dente and every dimsum here had that bite, phenomenal. I loved the char feung best for the amazing textural difference of that steamed top against the crunchy interior.
My main dish was a steamed river sole in black bean sauce along with Penang style old town prawn noodles. The river sole has me salivating till today. Perfectly steamed, flaky and elevated by the peppery black bean sauce, it was exceptional.
The noodles too were seriously tasty and being the lover of prawn I am, I was chuffed to see that it wasn’t overcooked in any of the dishes.
The desserts were the biggest surprise as I never thought a Chinese restaurant will do French desserts so well. I ordered a religieuse and a milk chocolate praline and both were spot on. The praline is now my favourite chocolate dessert in Delhi. Not only was the combination of the mousse and the sacher biscuit superb, but also the hazelnut and salted caramel bits were like little nuggets of joy. What really lifted this dish for me was the brilliant lemon yogurt sorbet as it cleansed the palette and made he dessert fresh.
The was special too, especially the choux pastry filled with the silkiest and heavenly taste cremeux, a triumph indeed.
Yauatcha is a special addition to Delhi’s ever growing restaurant scene and a gastronomer’s delight. I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone who loves food (not just Chinese food). Go get your Chinese fix now!