South East Asian with a twist
So soon on the heels of Tian at ITC Maurya, it seems that modern S.E Asian has become a trend
It is the tiniest little eatery in this – or any other – mall but so cleverly has the theme been executed and so intelligent the planning of the facilities that all you notice is the bright colours and the playfulness of the mainly Japanese theme. Origami is the theme of the eatery, executed in paper-like metal brightly painted. It is on the ceiling in a collage, on the shelves in charming accessories, even on staff uniforms and napkins as embroidered motifs. The best part about Yum Yum Cha is the food and kudos to Varun Tuli to have managed the feat of making a one-of-a-kind menu and executing it to perfection in a diminutive kitchen.
Order at least one basket of dimsum, because from the paper-thin wrappers to the fresh fillings with satisfying textures, they are miniature masterpieces. Prawn & curry (Rs 285 for 4 pieces) features crunchy prawn bits contrasted with a teaspoon of a fragrant gravy. Unusual and brilliant. Nigiri sushi (Rs 885 for 8 pieces) is served on a miniature tree, a delightful touch. While most of the nigiri and maki is traditional, the hotate mentoyaki (Rs 385) has never been done before in Delhi: a slice of scallop, topped by cod roe and glazed with mayo. However, it is the seafood salad Rs 485 that is the most brilliantly presented dish in the restaurant. It looks like a giant futomaki, complete with a smear of flying fish roe on top. Made of a million flakes of crab, tuna and scallop, it is tasty, rich and subtle all at once. The nabe, called paper hot pot on the menu is a must-have, if only for the sheer novelty value. Paper ‘cups’ are set atop a spirit lamp and brought to your table filled with soup and the ingredients of your choice, while noodles are served separately. Delightful even for a finicky child and deliciously spicy to please every palate, do not miss this section.
Plus and minus: They don’t believe in saying no, whether you ask for half portions or customization. Be prepared for lightning quick service as they are under pressure to turn the tables rapidly because of the waiting crowds.
Must have: Takoyaki (Japanese dumplings); black magic (cold drink); ramen soup with noodles
Food: 4; Service: 3 Décor: 4
S12B/13A, Second floor, Select Citywalk Mall, Saket
Tel: 41553030. 9810002994
Open from 12 noon to 12 midnight
Meal for two: Rs 2,000
Credit cards accepted; alcohol not served