THE ULTIMATE IN CHINESE CONTEMPORARY CUISINE

THE ULTIMATE IN CHINESE CONTEMPORARY CUISINE

Tattu is the ultimate dining venue for oriental food in Leeds. It’s suave, sophisticated and with its contemporary take on Chinese cuisine and opulent surroundings dining here creates an amazing experience.

Enter Tattu through its intriguing exterior of black marble and you are faced with a unique dark but brilliantly lit interior. Suspended from the ceiling are cherry blossom that give the restaurant a mood of its own – a mood you will love!

My colleague and I just indulged ourselves in the atmosphere of the place which despite being busy had an air of tranquility.

The menu at Tattu can be what you want it to be. Enjoy a selection of small plates to share, have a small plate as a starter before a larger one for a traditional two or three course meal. The menu is set out in sections Dim Sum, Small Plates and larger plates with an excellent selection of meat, seafood, rich, noodles and vegetables as well as food from the wok and there’s a selection of tempting desserts like no other. There is also a modern sharing menu that comes beautifully described as “in three waves”.

If you are overcome by the menu there’s great help from the attentive waiters who really know their product and will answer everything you need to know.

We decided to start with small plates of Dim Sum to share and I must admit we were not prepared for beautifully each dish was presented.

Our choice of three was Aromatic Duck Spring Rolls. The  duck was minced and the rolls were well stuffed with the meat. The cherry hoisin and the crispy shallots complimented each other beautifully and added an extra dimension to the spring rolls.

 

Forget the little squares of prawn toasts one normally associates with this dish our Tattu Lobster and Prawn Toasts were like no other. They were made into little balls and coated in sesame seeds. They just melted in your mouth. They were served with a sour chilli sauce that had just the right flavour to add a kick to the toasts.

Our third ‘starter’ choice was Wild Mushroom Spring Rolls. The rolls were so crispy and filled with mushroom. The truffle sour cream complimented the taste of the mushrooms.

For our ‘main course’ we decided to mix and match. My colleague chose  Chinese Barbecue Chicken from the large plates section of the menu. This came beautifully presented and was a very large portion The meat was tender and sliced with pieces of lime. The meat melted in your mouth and the pickled cucumber was a lovely contrast to the spiciness of the chilli whilst the  sweet soy made the dish so special.

I chose the Sticky Beef Short Rib from the small plates with a side of Pak Choi with crispy shallots. The sticky beef was presented beautifully in cubes with a sticky soy sauce round them. Each cube was decorated with crispy shallots and chilli. Definitely the most amazing presentation I have seen for a very long time.

For desserts we were spoiled for choice. My colleague was over the moon with her Asian Pear Sticky Toffee Pudding. The pears were thinly sliced with a hot cinnamon sauce and chopped almonds and served with cream. The pudding was not overly sweet and had a comforting flavour.

If there were Oscars for deserts my heaven on a plate would certainly win. Cherry Blossom is the restaurant’s most popular dessert and its easy to see why. The presentation is so good you just want to sit and look at it forever. It consists of solid chocolate, cherries and candy floss. Enough said try it for yourself.

Tattu is a special place like no other with its contemporary Chinese cuisine, amazing and mind blowing presentation and calm and romantic atmosphere – once experienced you are certain to return.

Tattu 29 East Parade, Minerva House, LeedsLS1 5PS

Tel: 0113 245 1080  web: www.tattu.co.uk/locations/leeds-chinese-restaurant

Open: Mon,Tues,Wed,Thurs,Sunday – 12.00 – 11.30pm. Fri & Sat 12.00 – 12.30.

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