If you’ve been craving good Chinese, Kasturi Gadge recommends you check out Yauatcha at Bandra Kurla Complex
When we walked through the tinted door of Yauatcha we certainly didn’t expect such a high ceiling or a tea ladder with tiny spotlights over as many as 153 tea pots! This is the retail section where you can buy authentic Chinese tea. The next thing you notice are the colourful macaroons, chocolates and gateaux, this made me make a mental note: keep space for all of this later.
The first level is a bar with all the labels you can imagine and which was very appropriately placed, playing a smart divide between someone who has just walked in for a drink and someone coming in for a quiet dinner.
We tried the Lam Peak Martini (`750), the Fresh Watermelon Martini, the Nashi Momo (`750) and Lalu (`750). They also have 64 bespoke Yauatcha wine labels for wine lovers. The cocktails were smooth and refreshing but the Lalu, a vodka based cocktail with lemon grass and lychee juice, was our favourite.
For starters, we tried the Chicken & Prawns Shumai (`255), Chicken Char Sui Cheung Fun (`250) and the Poached Peking Dumplings (`350). The portions are pretty small. The fillings for all the dumplings are a mix of fish, prawn, chicken and crab and we loved the Poached Peking Dumplings.
For the main course we were recommended Steamed Rawas in Spicy Blackbean Sauce (`550) with Egg Fried Rice (`275). The flavour was undoubtedly good, but what’s surprising is that even after the gluttony, the food doesn’t make you feel bloated.
Dessert was the most awaited course from the minute we stepped in. We tasted Raspberry Delice (`325), Pagoda (`325) and a selection of macaroons (`150). The presentations were beautiful and the flavours were excellent.
Ambience wise, Yauatcha looks fabulous in the evening and is ideal for a quick drink and dim sum post work. It’s known for its wide range of tea. So, rather than going to a 5-star coffee shop you can always consider Yauatcha for some tea and macaroons.
While dinning at Yauatcha you’ll feel the corporate air in the ambience, primarily because it’s located at the Bandra Kurla Complex. During lunch almost every second table was filled with corporate employees. It looks like a perfect place to take your client for a fancy lunch.
Yauatcha is one of the fine dining places you should keep in mind for your meetings with an important client or just a special day with your special someone.
Where Yauatcha Mumbai, Raheja Towers, Bandra Kurla complex, Bandra (E)
Meal for two Approximately `5,000
Alcohol served Yes (starts at `750)