Naming a restaurant ‘Yum!’ is, quite frankly, just asking for trouble. It’s akin to calling your dog ‘Lucky’ 1 Reviews
Naming a restaurant ‘Yum!’ is, quite frankly, just asking for trouble. It’s akin to calling your dog ‘Lucky’: chances are, your four-legged friend is anything but and will spend a miserable lifetime getting done over by Madame Fortune. All power to the proprietors of Yum! then, for creating an excellent product with such an ill-fated name. While we weren’t convinced on our first visit in July, on our recent visit we noticed a marked improvement. The baffling, indigestion-advocating tagline on the menus (‘Live Fast, Eat Fast’) remains, but ignore this – while Yum! is admittedly a great restaurant for a quick working lunch, it is equally enjoyably as a location for a lazy evening’s relaxation.
One of the first notable moves forward is in the service. Whereas the starters and mains arrived together in one fat folly on our previous visit, our starters of tom yum noodle soup, spring rolls, seafood parcels and minced shrimps were served as they should be this time: unaccompanied by the main course. The soup was fantastically flavoursome and laden with a bevy of veg and noodles, while the spring rolls and seafood parcels were crunchy nuggets of joy. Only the slight greasiness of the minced shrimp left something to be desired.
The selection of main dishes is a colourful spread of meat, fish and tofu, which you can complement with any of the six vegetable side orders on offer, smothered in oyster, shrimp or soya sauces. We chose the Chinese sautéed chicken in ginger sauce with black mushrooms and some tofu with cashew nuts and vegetables, joined in a merry collaboration with soya-mixed vegetables and gagon kangkong in oyster sauce. Our previous complaint about the main courses revolved around the lack of excitement to each dish. This time around we found our palate blasted with exceptional tastes and textures: the softness of the tofu contrasted beautifully with the cashews; the ginger sauce enhanced the tenderness of the chicken and even the side dishes were a treat.
Having had our faith in Yum! so successfully renewed, we decided to try once again the chocolate mud cake that so disappointed previously. Here was the one aspect of the meal that has stayed lodged in mediocrity. With a fine layer of fruit syrup, this was more black forest gateaux than mud cake and the sponge was icy cold rather than moist and soft. However, Yum! has definitely pulled its socks knee-wards over the past few months and there is no reason the desserts cannot be fine-tuned to match the excellence of other dishes.By Rob Orchard
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