According to the Chinese this is the year of the fire monkey and how best to usher it in the sophisticated way and that too Michelin starred (their London counterpart)? By celebrating it in Yauatcha of course. As part of the #FBAB (Food Bloggers Association of Bangalore) 21st meetup the venue selected was the Yauatcha (yeah lucky us no???) and boy was it a fine dining experience. Located in No 1 MG Mall, opposite Vivanta by Taj, the place looks posh and tempting and sets the right expectations straight away.
Given a choice between cocktail and mocktail and if you know me by now the obvious choice would be a cocktail!! But I also had a taste of the mocktail as well which had an interesting flavor of passion fruit… The cocktail had a good taste of mandarin, Cointreau and gin.
With any further adieu we started off with their dimsum specialties which were a class apart from anything I have tasted anywhere else. Yeah you might think how different can they be and why would I pay so much for it? Well trust me the taste of each and every one those left a lasting impression on the palate and with those dip, things to die for.
My personal favorite is the Seafood Shuimai which has shrimp and crab and gives an excellent flavor of both. Chicken coriander also had nice taste but not very different from the regular momos you get outside. The veg truffle and english carrot was excellent. The corn carrot curry dimsum was bland (and I dont like bland) but a good suggestion for kids. It was good with the dips though.
Next in starters came lobster rolls with black pepper sauce which was velvety smooth on the tongue and packed in the flavor as well. It was a delight in every mouthful
For the main course it was Mahlaka Udon noodles and Toban fried rice. The noodles was upto my level of heat and not for the faint hearted palates. Along with that was Wok stir fried lobster in Hunan sauce. Anything lobster and you wont hear complaints from me anyways(unless its raw). The fried rice was not as spicy as the noodles but it did pack in good overall flavors. The surprise package was the mock chicken in Hunan style sauce for the vegetarians. Yes you heard that right. In fact it was soya nuggts :). The last that came was the braised pork belly which was stunning in its presentation and taste. The meat giving away with a simple press of the fork was an experience by itself along with the yellow bean sauce.
The dessert was definitely the icing on the cake (pun intended with every mouthful) It takes the chef almost 4-5 hrs to put together this dessert which hardly took 5 mins to complete and every mouthful narrates the effort and skill of the chef. The caramel chocolate mousse was simply put…………exquisite
The special Chinese New Year menu is available till 23 Feb, 2016 if you want to taste these delicacies.
This is the certificate that was awarded by my group in the last visit for their Dimsum trail. This means you can try it with your eyes closed
Location – 4/5
Ambiance – 4.5/5
Food – 4.5/5
Service – 4.5/5
All in all a complete Michelin experience with some amazing folks.Leaving behind some smiling faces and a fire monkey. It’s his/her year you see…….
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