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PREETI ZACHARIAH
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Eating Out Yauatcha, based on the concept of a dim sum tea-house offers an appetising spread in a minimalistic setting

Every bit is worth itHot, steaming dimsums
Every bit is worth itHot, steaming dimsums

The first thing I notice is that it does not look like a typical Chinese restaurant. The dim redness, fire-breathing dragons and Chinese lanterns are noticeably absent. The chrome and glass interiors are brightly lit and minimalistic—the bamboo baskets of steaming hot dimsums that are being laid on the next table are perhaps the only indication of the cuisine served available here.

Yauatcha has opened just a week ago, but the place is already jam-packed, always a good sign. And as I bite into the shrimp Hargau on my plate, I know exactly why. The outer thin, translucent outer casing which has been moulded into the mandatory seven pleats is non-sticky and smooth and the generous filling that spills into my mouth is perfectly cooked and flavoured. The next two rounds of dimsums are equally appetising—a helping of succulent and moist chicken and prawn ShuiMai followed by a delicious lamb roll in black sauce.

My appetite whetted, I go on to the main course—a Mongolian lamb chop. Three large hunks of meat, slathered in a sweet and spicy sauce decorated very prettily with swirls of some random green vegetation (that I tried to eat but found to be somewhat unpalatable). The meat however was remarkably tender and the sauce that it was cooked in, lip-smacking good. Gastronomic heaven indeed!

Although the food is Chinese, the dessert on the menu is undoubtedly European. Not that I’m complaining, whatever the cuisine the food is consistently good. And the piece de resistance for me was definitely dessert—a Raspberry Delice. It was truly the most gorgeous sight I have ever beholden. A thick slab of chocolate, surmounted by chocolate mousse is filled with raspberry puree and covered with a flavoured spray making it look like a rose in full bloom. With it is a smooth and silky raspberry ice-cream that leaves me licking my spoon and hungering for more.

PREETI ZACHARIAH

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