Its been barely 15 days that Chinese dim sum tea house Yauatcha opened in Delhi, but the team at the restaurant is already planning to cap the reservations per hour. The place is packed to capacity, the staff is on its toes trying to keep up, and the chefs are spending long hours in the kitchen to cater to the hordes of customers flocking in.
The restaurant, which is Michelin-starred in London, offers authentic Cantonese food, specialising in dim sums. The menu is vast and offers an impressive variety in all sections. The dim sums come in several variations, including some innovative wrappers in the form of pakchoi (Chinese cabbage ) and potato. There is a separate vegetarian menu and even a detailed list of food allergens present in each dish, both available on request. The dessert section is long and tempting, with chocolate dominating the menu. However, a clear winner is the Raspberry Delice, which resembles a work of art. A perfect finish to a meal at Yauatcha is a nice pot of tea, which again comes in a whole range of flavours.
The restaurant now awaits a liquor licence, besides having plans to have a separate retail space exclusively for macaroons and cakes, which the place is so famous for.
This is Yauatchas third restaurant in India after Mumbai (opened two years earlier) and Bangalore, which opened in September this year. Prashant Issar, vice-president, operations, says Kolkata is next in line, but not before the first half of next year. After that, considering the phenomenal response in Delhi, Yauatcha could be going to some more cities in north India. Issar has heard some good things about Ludhiana and the spending power of its people, and hopes the affordable luxury that Yauatcha offers would find many takers there.