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A one of its kind dim sum and modern tea house in the city offers the most spectacular range of dim sums. They are power packed with subtle flavours and are nothing short of small amaze balls. The selection of main course is equally enviable with very unique sauces such as the Assam sauce which is a spicy and tangy sauce, some unusual dishes such as crispy golden pumpkin prawns, prawn cheung fun and some bold dishes such as the pork belly with man tao buns. The overall experience of dining in this unique tea house is rewarding.
We went to this restaurant for lunch with a group of 12 business colleagues. We were pleasantly surprised by the fast service. We each had a rice dish and either a vegetarian or non-vegetarian entree. I had Kung-Pao Chicken and chicken friend rice. My collegue had Kung-Pao Chicken and vegetarian friend rice. The chicken friend rice was good but a little spicy for the American pallet. The vegetarian friend rice was not spicy and was excellent. The Kung-Pao Chicken wasn't spicy; it was sweet and very good. I also recommend the green beans with mushroom. Very, very good - my favorite part. We did get some desserts. The favorites were the macaroons, which I think were home made. We ordered 2 more once they came.
My wife and I were in Calcutta and needed a quick lunch before doing some shopping. I mentioned that there was a Yauatcha in the mall. So she readily agreed to have lunch there as they have never disappointed her. We ordered quickly as we knew the items on the menu that we liked. Everything arrived quite promptly and tasted good as always. Would happily recommend this place to anyone who loves Dimsums.
We had gone in expecting just another typical Kolkata "Chinese" restaurant and did not have any great expectations. The experience within have turned me into a fan. We were recommended food with great care, and served even better. We had Aromatic Duck, which was nothing like anything we have had before. Normally duck as a meat is tough, this one just scraped off the bone. It was served with small pancakes in which the meat would be rolled with cranberry sauce and pickled salad. The result was extraordinary. We also had a rack of ribs, which was good, but as expected. We finished with a great dessert. The service was exemplary to a man. I would rate this place at the highest end of Kolkata restaurants.
We were four adults and had gone there to celebrate. QUEST Mall is really very large, swanky and upmarket...it just does not have that cozy...let's go again feel... (unlike say South City mall before renovation). Anyway, parking is pricey here (as in most malls), so we sent the driver away to park someplace nearby (Park Circus Market near Mithai sweet shop...Rs 10/- an hour) so we could linger over the meal...without wondering if the Parking charges would mirror the meal-bill. I suppose those driving themselves will not be able to do so...but it is an option for others. Since it was a celebration we chose Yauatcha because my sister said the dimsums were divine.They really are. When we entered, the restaurant was quite empty but it filled up pretty fast. The view is boring (rooftops and soaring kites) but the perspective of the city's changing skyline is fantastic.Wish the music had been more muted...but this is a standard complain of mine wherever I go. Service is polite. The young boys serving at the table were helpful and attentive...politely encouraging cocktail refills, repeats and desserts.It is amusing really...this polite push-sale. We went a little overboard I think....ordering cocktails (Thea Martinis...which are very gingerish....Bloody Mary and Rum with Coke), plus an assortment of dimsums and then...out of sheer greed...roast pork and shrimp fried rice, honey smoked spare ribs, and Singapore vermicelli. We were really full by the time the meal ended...no place for desserts and we consoled ourselves saying no extra calories.... The dimsums were good; I mean really good. Crispy Prawn Cheng Fun, Prawn and Pork Shumai, Har Gau (too good) Spicy Har gau (YEAH!!! Totally recommended)) Lamb roll with spicy bean sauce. The last one comes in ten largish pieces. Very filling too. The total bill for the four of us came to INR 10,145 including GST and Service Charge (about 10 per cent of the bill added unilaterally by the restaurant...a practice I detest for it takes power to tip out of my hands and it is not really a RIGHT ..to tip is a choice...how much to tip also depends on how happy the meal made me...restaurants that unilaterally add the service charge make me feel (justified or not) ripped off) . Interestingly the drinks were for almost 2000 INR, which means if we had left out alcohol the PRICEY tag that Yauatcha has, doesn't really stick.It is then merely upmarket...not exorbitant. However, I have an observation...usually people go out in pairs for meals, so having odd numbers of items in a dish makes sharing difficult. For example, the dimsums were three to a plate...either make it a bit larger but two in number or make it slightly smaller and four in number would be my suggestion to the chef. The fried rice and vermicelli noodles were to my palate, average...the honey smoked pork ribs were just OK. I have had magnificent spare ribs (in plum sauce) at a small joint such as Momo I am. Even my local takeaway will put up a stiff competition as far as the fried rice and noodles are concerned. But coming to the dimsums ...Yauatcha wins hands down.Tasty. Fresh prawns. Good amount of stuffing...it ticks all the boxes. Bottomline: Stick to the strengths of this restaurant.Ask for their Chilli oil. It is wonderful.
Yauatcha in Kolkata is located in the Quest Mall. We had dinner there with my family. I had taken my sister and bro in law for a pre birthday celebration as I would not be in town for my sister’s birthday. I had called up and arranged for a birthday cake with a message to be delivered after the mains on the table. This was supposed to be a surprise for my sister. Highlights: A. Good views if you are on the window side tables. Decor is understated but nice. B. The staff are courteous and try hard. C. The food is good and I liked all the dishes we ordered. We focussed on dim sums + salads + crispy aromatic duck - well prepared. Lowlights: A. Even though the birthday cake was pre-arranged (at a charge) it never arrived. We waited for sometime after the dinner but then realised that they have completely forgotten it even though they confirmed all arrangements when I arrived. I even checked their system while leaving and the message was clearly noted. This to me is appalling service and tremendously unprofessional. In most places I go to celebrate special occasions, cakes/desserts are complimentary. It does not have to be big but a token is great. Here they not only charge for it but fail to deliver. While the charge was not added to the final bill - I felt hugely let down. B. There is loud garish music in the restaurant against the character of the restaurant. It is hard to have a conversation. Also the staff struggle to hear you when you are ordering. The staff try very hard but are not well trained. They struggle to place the dishes properly on the table. They do not clear drinks glasses from the table. C. Toilets are small While food is good, this place needs to do more to deliver value for money. Brand name only takes you so far. Vintage Asia in JW Marriott is much much superior dining experience in Kolkata.
Since Chinese food has moved on from being a comfort food to serious gastronomy, we have seen an entirely new facet of the cuisine. It’s just not about a bowl of chicken gravy or fried noodles, Chinese cuisine has moved on from its unpretentious perch to something a bit more spectacular. Fine dining restaurants serving Chinese food have become bolder in approach and are changing the perspective of looking at this wonderful cuisine. A similar fancy name from London has set its sight towards India and after opening restaurants in Mumbai and Delhi, with tremendous response, has opened up an outlet at Quest Mall in Ballygunge, Kolkata. ‘Yauatcha’ is a unique modern teahouse located in the heart of old-fashioned Kolkata. Foodies simply adore this place and often pop in for a flavour packed snazzy meal.
Yauatcha is all about delectable Chinese food. They proudly boast of having the best dim sums in town and although their menu is vast, it offers an exciting array of mouth-watering dishes. Ask your server for a pot of Chinese tea to go with your meal or if you like your drink stronger then there is an impressive bar menu to match too. Ginger martini looks especially delicious. Start your meal with, black pepper duck puff, prawn salad with mango, fried charcoal lamb bun, truffle edamame dumpling, prawn coriander dumpling, crispy aromatic duck, Asian greens soup with tofu, sesame prawn toast and vegetarian duck salad. Serve yourself a helping of vegetable stir fry udon noodles to go with the Chinese gravies. Tuck into, baked seabass in supreme soya sauce, spicy mahlak chicken, four style vegetables in Szechuan sauce and jasmine tea smoked pork ribs.
Pamper your sweet tooth with a spread of divine Asian desserts. Yauatcha’s exotic sweet selection includes, chocolate mandarin tart, mango mascarpone gateau, raspberry delice, jasmine tea cake, jaffa cake, religieuse and grilled fruits & vanilla rum ice cream. If there is one thing we can say about Yauatcha, it’s that its elegance personified. The interiors are completely modern, built with clean sharp lines that takes fine dining in Kolkata to 21st century. The dining area is generously spacious and designed in muted soft tones. Ask to be seated next to the huge window that overlooks a gorgeous view of Kolkata city. Yauatcha may not be inexpensive but it’s certainly one of a kind.
Kolkata was in need of a contemporary Chinese restaurant badly, somewhere you could go for a taste of international quality fine dining. Yauatcha turned out to be the answer to the dilemma. The restaurant is a modern tea house with a wonderful extensive Chinese spread, prepared excellently. Yauatcha serves the best dim sums in town so if possible make your first course entirely of them. The restaurant is unique and stylish, giving Kolkata’s gastronomic sector that sophisticated gloss. If your plan is to wine and dine someone special for a Special Occasion, pick Yauatcha.