Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Restaurant review: Yak Yeti Yak (Bath)

Lying underground near the famous Second Bridge nightclub in Bath is Yak Yeti Yak, a charming Nepalese restaurant offering some very authentic and delicious dishes.
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As far as quantities go, the main meals had a decent amount, whilst perhaps less than the more generous portions you’d find on offer in a typical Chinese or Indian restaurant, the quality on offer was much higher, with some wonderful herbs and spices that I’d never experienced before, but complemented the main meal wonderfully. I had the chilli chicken has my main meat dish, and whilst it was indeed quite spicy, it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as chicken I’ve tasted in other Asian restaurants, when the chefs go too far with making it spicy, thus completely detracting from the overall flavour. The chilli quotient of the meal here was perfect. The rice was quite uninspired, particularly given the somewhat steep price tag.

However, the main disappointment in terms of quantity were the starters. The cheeseballs were just under five pounds, and there were only five of them, and so small that you could have easily consumed it in one bite (first picture for photographic evidence). The presentation was marvellous – I’ve been in only a few restaurants who take such good care with the aesthetics of their meals –

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But the meagre quantity of food meant that for me, Yak Yeti Yak will never be one of my favourites. The main meal left me comfortably nourished, but not as stuffed as I could be from a restaurant, particularly as I paid just under £20. I understand that the point of starters is to pique your appetite, not to fill you up, but after sampled the tantalisingly good starters, and only having had a few bites, I was, if anything, just more famished.

Overall, the ambience (incense, mood lighting, and the seven of us were allowed to sit on cushions on the floor, which hugely contributed to the fun experience we had) and high quality of the food rendered this a good place to visit. The starters were far too expensive for what they were, and, whilst delicious, that meant that overall, I left an otherwise stand-up venue feeling a little short-changed.

 Grade: B


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