Food & Drink Reviews

Vaasu – Marlow’s newest takeaway

Vaasu is the newest venture of twice Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar.

Open from 10th July for take-away only, hiya bucks were honoured to be one of the first to sample the authentic flavours of North Indian food from what will surely be another award-winning restaurant. Vaasu delivers the most authentic Indian flavours that we have tasted outside of India.

Every dish, from the magnificent Tandoori Salmon, the Jhinga Tawa Masala to the Nariyal Gosht, is created with the finest ingredients, balanced with subtle yet powerful flavours.

Highlights include appetizers such as Makai Aur Gosht Ki Seekh (two pieces of minced lamb kebab with mint chutney), Kurkuri Macchi Amritsari (crisp fried spicy telapia with tomato chutney – the famous street food from Punjab), Kadak Aloo Chaat (Bengal’s potato salad snack with tamarind, yoghurt and mint chutney), and Baigan Bhajia (a popular dish of aubergine fritters in chickpea flour with mint chutney).

You may not usually pay much attention to poppadums whilst tucking in at the beginning of your meal, but Vaasu’s poppadums are on another level. Plus, the raita and chutneys are not to be missed; we are in love with the coriander one!

Being a family run business (and genuinely a close family), we appreciate how Atul thinks so highly of his Mother’s cooking that he includes her very own recipes in his outstanding menu. A mouthful of Atul’s Mum’s Daal Makhini takes you to a place of warmth and happiness, where every mother’s homemade cooking takes you.

You may think a pie is British, but Atul’s Chicken Tikka Pie takes you on a surprising journey. With inspiration from Atul’s extensive travels throughout India, the grilled chicken tikka, potato mash and berry chutney are quite like no other food we have eaten. The taste is surprisingly familiar but sensationally unique.

Finish your take-away with a choice of desserts including Bhapa Doi, a mango yoghurt mousse from Bengal which is creamy but not too rich.

Atul Kochhar says “The states across India offer a bounty of beautiful flavours, aromas and spices – from places where the tandoor oven and tawa griddle are kitchen essentials. Our new restaurant Vaasu brings all of this inspiration together, celebrating the life and culture of India through a menu of magnificent dishes. We will give guests the opportunity to experience charming Indian cuisine in their own homes and to take-away until we can open this new casual and quirky setting.”

Prices: Take-away, appetisers and grills from £5, main courses from £12, sides from £5.50

Social media @vaasumarlow

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday evenings, 5pm-9.30pm

Delivery charge: £4 within a 5-mile radius

Call 07895 109635 to place an order

2 Chapel Street, Marlow SL7 1DD (formerly Villa D’Este)

Three other restaurants feature in Atul Kochhar Restaurants, all of which reopened on 4th July: The newly refurbished Sindhu at the Compleat Angler Hotel in Marlow; Hawkyns at The Crown Inn, Amersham and Indian Essence in Petts Wood, Kent.

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hiya bucks

hiya bucks

Here at hiya bucks we go on regular walks exploring the local towns, villages, public footpaths, gardens, rivers, lakes and more! We love getting out and about discovering new places to visit and we thoroughly enjoy going to local events and getting involved with the community. We hope to inspire others to step out of their daily routines and see more of our Beautiful Buckinghamshire.