When it comes to trendy restaurants in Edinburgh, Tattu often comes to mind. The famous cherry blossom trees seen from the outside irresistibly lure one in the hopes of trying something exceptional. However, the interior design is not the only outstanding aspect of Tattu Edinburgh: the innovative, seasonal Chinese-inspired menu is the true essence of what sets the restaurant apart.
The dinner table is where friends and family connect with their loved ones, a place for long overdue catch-ups, celebrations and overall quality time. The concept of connection is well understood in Tattu, where guests are encouraged to share their food. Both small and large platters are created to be shared, where food lovers can try a bit of everything while having a well-deserved break with their loved ones.
As an independent family business, Tattu focuses on creating an experience that ignites all the senses. Therefore, special attention to detail has been exercised with the interior design, combining traditional Eastern motives with more contemporary choices like mirror tables. While it can be a true challenge to try and manoeuvre your friend’s faces out of the shot when trying to take the perfect picture of your food on the mirror tables, guests are presented with serene reflections of the cherry blossoms wherever they turn.
The seasonal menu is also based on a modern Chinese experience with a traditional twist. The new Winter menu is here and it is one to be remembered. The balanced options for dim sum, small plates and large plates offer an abundance of choices. With pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan options available, guests are accommodated to the fullest, and two small plates and a large plate per person should leave one with that warm and fuzzy feeling inside.
To get started, the chicken truffle shumai will light up the senses with the soft and warm texture of the steamed dumplings topped with freshly shaved truffles and soy. Then, the sesame-roasted scallops will add to the perfect dance of texture and flavour paired with Chinese sausage, crushed edamame and mint.
For the large platter, go with the Japanese black wagyu with foie gras, green beans and truffle sesame soy. The mouth-melting beef has a perfectly soft texture, leaving one with dreams to come back for more. And finally, those who are still peckish can opt for dessert. The Cherry Blossom is a clear hit for this one, with white chocolate, cherry and candyfloss presented as a tree, for the perfect post-feast energy boost.
What is more, the care, professionalism and attentiveness of the staff should never be underestimated. It is clear that Tattu Edinburgh only takes on the best of the best within the hospitality industry and the staff are extensively trained, as well as treating customers like extended family. Perhaps, feeling seen and understood should also be included in the sensory experience list.
As Kobayashi Issa said: “In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger.” And that is definitely true in Tattu Edinburgh.