that’s how Atul Kochhar describes his newest restaurant Vaasu in Marlow, and we agree!
As we arrived at the restaurant we were welcomed by Khan, the friendliest maitre d’ we had met in quite a while. Vaasu’s stylish décor, with its deep botanical greens and colours of aubergine, was as inviting as Khan’s welcome. We were shown to our table and soon had drinks in hand, with papadoms accompanied by a delicious raspberry and mango chutney. The nibbling of papadoms began whilst we traversed the menus, trying to make our decisions. The impressive choice of 4 tasting menus, with a highly unusual pescatarian option, was soon top of the list with my fellow diners.
The waiting staff proudly presented each dish with the flair and precision of the ingredients on the plate. They willingly shared their knowledge of the ingredients and how they had been prepared; it’s not often you visit a restaurant where the staff have such pride in the food they are serving.
The aromas hit us first, in a good way of course, with a contrast of subtle heat and sweetness. A seemingly simple dish called tandoori hathee chak was one of our standouts. Quite simply, artichokes cooked two ways on a coconut cream, absolutely stunning!
My particular favourite was the Muntjac fillet with Jersey Royal tehari and wild mushrooms. The venison was cooked to perfection.
For the pescatarians amongst us the scallops, fresh water prawns and roasted cod got a big thumbs up.
As befits an Atul Kochhar restaurant, it’s the small details and superb flavouring which are key to your experience. The young Head Chef Achat was more than happy to talk to us to discover if we had any questions, which of course we did!
He explained to us about the local food sourcing and, in particular, the 24 hour process to prepare the dal makhani; the flavour of which, of course, could never be achieved without such dedication.
Finally, is it possible to leave without having a dessert? Of course not! We all had blueberry bhapa doi and chocolate mousse which was, quite simply, a work of art on the plate.
Review by Dee, Randeep, Tracy and Roy
Vaasu by Atul Kochhar
Wednesday to Sunday
12noon – 2:30pm
5pm – 9:30pm
Atul Kochhar also owns:
Sindhu at The Compleat Angler (Marlow) – www.sindhurestaurant.co.uk
Hawkyns by Atul Kochhar (Amersham) – www.hawkynsrestaurant.co.uk