October 14, 2015
Trends both in dress and eating habit keep on changing during the Puja. As a recent trend the traditional Bengalis are up to try out something new, be it dresses and food. Experiment is taking the place of tradition. The restaurants are also not lagging behind in the race. Almost all of them are introducing some new menus to celebrate the auspicious occasion. One such newly opened restaurant is the Yauatcha at the Quest Mall Kolkata.
Named after the creator Alan Yau this London based eatery has already taken mega Indian cities like Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai by storm. Yauatcha meaning ‘Yau having tea’ has gradually taken its seat in the tea loving city of Kolkata. This dim sum heavy bistro will surely gift Kolkata a gastronomic treat. This a bit expensive place located at the Quest Mall, Kolkata. It is one of the many attractions of the 5th floor of the new mall at Ballygunge. The quality of food served here has already gained popularity among the foodies of Kolkata.
Yauatcha is up for celebrating the grand Puja this year with new lip smacking dim sum platters. Hanging out and dining out at Yauatcha with friends and family is a must this puja.
At Yauatcha you can get both food and drink. There are four distinct types of menu here which includes more than 50 types of dumplings and dim sum. A special Jain menu is also available for the veggie lovers. So, be prepared to be spoilt over choice as you enter Yauatcha. Their Dim Sum menu includes vegetable crystal dumpling, vegetable chime dumpling, prawn and water chestnut roll, pork and prawn Sui mai, chicken and prawn sui mai, poached peking dumpling, Shanghai siew long bun with chicken, hargau and lot more. Any of the various types of Cheung Fun is a must try at Yauatcha. Till date most of the foodies of Kolkata have only heard these names. Yauatcha gives them the golden opportunity to taste them.
Feeling hungry? Keeps your Puja bonus aside to indulge into some mouth watering delicacies at Yauatcha. This year puja, Yauatcha offering two special Dim Sum platters for their patrons. Durga Puja Regular Dim Sum platter which includes Chicken Char Sui Bun, Scallops Shumai, Black Pepper Duck Puff and Hargau. Another is Durga Puja Veg Dim Sum platter which consists of Truffle Edamame, Chiu Chow Dumpling, Golden Fried Veg Puff, King Mushroom Pakchoy Bun. These platters are an adventure and not to share with anyone — set a date for your next celebration!
We began with their famous Jasmine tea, just one sip and its wonderful aroma of jasmine blossoms filled my senses and reached my heart. Jasmine tea reduced risk of heart attacks, builds stronger immune system, and prevents diabetes. Jasmine tea has been produced in China for nearly 700 years and is the most popular Chinese flavored tea.
Durga Puja Regular Dim Sum platter was mouthwatering. Chicken Char Sui Bun had generous amount of crunchy, flavorful chicken in every bite of fluffy bun. Scallops Shumai was another wonderful item, excellent taste and texture. Shumai was basically dim sum, but with a different appearance, you may call it open face dim sum. If you like dim sum, you won’t be disappointed with their fresh Scallops Shumai. Black Pepper Duck Puff was filled with juicy and succulent pieces of perfectly marinated black pepper smoked duck, too good to be missed! And finally Hargau, it was basically shrimp dumplings with the shiny translucent dough. Chef Kushal Lama’s deft use of cooking technique shines through in dishes such as the Hargau & Scallops Shumai.
Their Durga Puja Vegetarian Dim Sum platter was also amazing though I am not much fan of veggies. Truffle Edamame was just devine, excellent mix of truffle salt and edamame beans boasting savor and flavour that pack a serious punch. Chiu Chow Dumpling with transparent skin was also delicious. Golden Fried Veg Puff was another lip smacking item. Spicy Vegetable Puffs deep fried till it became golden brown, it was crispy and flaky very much enjoyable with dips. King Mushroom Pakchoy Bun was irresistibly scrumptious with combination of Miso Butter & Japanese Sweet Potato Salad makes it more desired, that keep people coming back for more.
Baked Dim sum is also another popular type of foods served at Yauatcha. Pan Fried or baked Dim Sum dishes includes golden fried vegetable puff, Vegetable Shanghai dumpling, baked chicken puff, wrapped chicken with black pepper, Sesame prawn toast, crispy duck roll, king mushroom and pac choi bun and a lot more. Do not forget to taste the seafood dumpling soup with shredded chicken. If you are a veggie lover then the Schezuan vegetable tofu claypot is a must try for you. As main course you will also find dishes like steamed jasmine rice, chicken fried rice, egg fried rice and noodles too.
As the very name suggests Yauatcha is famous for tea. The orchid pao Chung cha, Jasmine tea and the Chinese oolong tea is a must try at Yauatcha. As said earlier this is a bar cum restaurant. So, their special puja menu also includes both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Come by after a long day of pandal hopping, and wind down with a cold mocktail/cocktail and their puja special dim sum platter. Prices might seem a little steep, but their unique delectable dishes will certainly make it worth your while!