Food Review: Afternoon Tea at Yauatcha
Getting away from the office, if you work at BKC. And the dim sum is pretty good too.
We wish the desserts on the menu included more than just macrons. Yauatcha has a great bakery, and we'd have loved to tuck into their pastries and chocolates.
Yauatcha's tea service is a great away to unwind and indulge for an afternoon.
Afternoon tea at Yauatcha Mumbai
You wouldn't think dim sum when you're thinking afternoon tea, but then, if you're up to trying something different, they're it.
Yauatcha, the contemporary dim sum tea house at BKC in Mumbai, has been promoting its afternoon tea service for some time now, and pairs a variety of exotic teas with dim sum.
There are 16 teas to choose from, all of which neatly fall into a choice of categories including black, green, blue, blue roasted, flower and Indian.
We were encouraged to try the Anxi Tie Kuan Yin, a blue roasted tea. The roasting process apparently helps reduce tannins and gives the tea a smoother finish. We also tried a pot of regular blue Classical Beauty tea, so that we could compare and contrast. Both are beautiful teas, but swish them around your palette and you will notice the mildly astringent feeling the blue tea leaves behind.
Depending on your preferences, you can pick three of the six dim sum baskets (so that's six between two people). There were two stand-outs on the vegetarian menu: the Fried Veg Turnip Cakes, crisply fried cubes of mashed turnip studded with pieces of mushroom and buried under equally crisp slivers of garlic; and the steamed pumpkin and pinenut dumplings, which nicely combines the pumpkin's slightly sweet flavour with a wholesome nuttiness.
(L-R) The Fried Veg Turnip Cakes and the Chicken & Prawn Shui Mai at Yauatcha
We also had the truffle edamame dumplings, which both Yauatcha, and its sister restaurant Hakkasan, are known for, and we weren't disappointed.
The non-vegetarians must try the soft and juicy prawn and enoki dumplings, the fluffy Chicken Char Sui Buns and the chicken and prawn shi mai.
We rounded off our afternoon tea with a plateful of macrons, made in-house in Yauatcha's large dessert kitchen. We'd recommend the Raspberry, which is deliciously tangy and not too sweet, as well as a cheery, citrusy passionfruit and chocolate macrons.
All in all, we'd say Yauatcha's tea service is a great away to unwind and indulge for an afternoon.
The afternoon tea service is priced at Rs 850 for two and includes a choice of tea, six dim sum baskets and a platter of 3 macarons. Yauatcha, Raheja Tower, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai - 400051.