This week I was invited by my friend, the talented London photographer and creative, Majella O’Connell to one of Putney’s best kept secrets – the newly opened Yum Sa restaurant.
Situated bang opposite East Putney tube station, Yum Sa, which opened just three months ago, is in position A for diners in South West London and beyond.
I was delighted to be given a chance to sample some of their dishes at the soirée Majella had organised in this delightful restaurant with its open kitchen and intriguing menu of modern Asian food with a Thai twist.
Yum Sa, which relates to the alchemy of many different elements in Thai, is run by Roger Narula, aided by menu developer Shveta Tuli and Brand Executive Chef Jai Shaikh. As well as offering exquisite Asian-Thai fusion cuisine, they also have a few surprises up their sleeves for dinner guests. When life all gets too much, or you fall out with your dinner date, you can disappear into their meditation room for a bit of downtime. The meditation room is all part of Yum Sa’s unique philosophy – food, art and wellness all mix together in one big. delicious melting pot. The aim is not only to lift your palate with an Asian/Thai fusion of flavours but also your palette - and of course your mood. This beautifully-designed restaurant also doubles up as an art gallery and regular exhibitions are held here.
To complete the art and wellness theme, Yum Sa’s Gallery includes all kinds of events and exhibitions. For example, a recent event featured a photography exhibition ‘In Pursuit of a Forgotten City’ by eminent photographer Rahul Gajjar. This was accompanied by a display of fine art jewellery and hand-woven textiles by Sonal Maheshwari.
With its food offering, Yum Sa’s aim is to offer a pleasant deviation from the traditional Thai cuisine with dishes inspired by the team’s Asian favourites, influenced by Thai flavours.
Particular favourites I sampled included the king prawns with a delicate hint of Sriracha and the sapphire gyoza, which takes on a delicate blue hue from the butterfly pea flower – absolute heaven on a plate! Another culinary triumph was the chicken satay, beautifully tender meat served with perfectly spiced peanut sauce. It’s great to know there are vegan options on the menu too, which would cater well for a number of my friends and family.
Bottomless Prosecco won me over completely of course and I also heard the watermelon juice was to die for.
Thank you Majella and all the team at Yum Sa for inviting me to your evening, as well giving me a chance to sample the delicious food, I also met some great people and will be returning very soon. An evening of food, art and wellness is right up my street.
Check out Yum Sa's website here.