Tattu - Asian restaurant in Leeds has dining down to a fine art

PUBLISHED: 00:00 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:23 13 October 2017

Dragon Eggs

Dragon Eggs

Andy Bulmer

One of the most exciting new openings in Leeds launches its autumn menu. Photographer Andy Bulmer highlights the artistic offering.

The distinctly different Tattu restaurant interior inspired by body art designsThe distinctly different Tattu restaurant interior inspired by body art designs

It’s all about creativity at Tattu, a brand new, contemporary Chinese restaurant in Leeds. The interior is influenced by the intricate and delicate designs found in modern forms of body art which makes dining at Tattu Leeds a unique experience in the city.

But a restaurant no matter how impressive the interior is only as great as its food. Each dish at Tattu Leeds is rigorously researched and tasted and a great deal of collaboration goes on with staff before it earns a place on any menu. ‘Chinese cuisine in this country has changed, is changing,’ says Jon Green, the 28-year-old head chef responsible for developing the autumn/winter menu in Leeds and at Tattu Manchester. ‘Customers are looking for more modern, authentic Chinese dishes,’ he believes.

Taste will always come first at Tattu but how a dish is presented is every bit as important as its exciting flavours. The attention to detail and the creative effort put into the look of a plate of food can’t be faulted.

Jon talks briefly through some examples of the autumn menu now being completed as we go to print.

Jon Green, the 28-year-old head chef responsible for developing the autumn/winter menu  at TattuJon Green, the 28-year-old head chef responsible for developing the autumn/winter menu at Tattu

Duck Bon Bons: ‘this is a confit of duck leg, rolled in breadcrumbs and served with sweet and sour plum sauce,’ explains Jon. ‘It’s served as a small plate and as a sharing dish. It’s the way food is going, with people trying lots of different things; it’s communal and sociable, people want to taste as much as possible.’

Yazu Black Cod: ‘this is my favourite on the new menu,’ says Jon. Treatment is light and delicate with a citrus curd. The cod is marinated for 24 hours. It can be served as a small plate or as a main course served with rice or noodles.

Dragon Eggs: this is a dramatic dessert. Chocolate egg filled with passion fruit and chilli chocolate – aptly representing fire of the dragon - on a nest of kataifi pastry or angel hair, says Jon.

Jon collaborates with bar staff too who create their own syrups to use in cocktails. Ones to note before you visit Tattu Leeds:

Elixir of LifeElixir of Life

The Elixir of Life: Jinzu gin, dry vermouth, lychee and vanilla.

Strawberries & Dreams: Vanilla vodka, Mozart white chocolate liqueur, strawberry puree and meringue flakes.

The Art of War: Jim Bean whisky, Campari, sweet vermouth and cherry liqueur.

The Tattu concept has been developed by brothers Adam and Drew Jones who first launched Tattu Manchester in 2014 and Tattu Leeds earlier this year.

Drew explained that they wanted to create something unique and offer a very personal and individual experience for diners. He agreed with Jon that sharing dishes and experiencing many flavours was the way food trends were headed. He added their concept for the restaurant was based on idea of experiencing and sharing different dishes (although there is also an a la carte menu).

Staff, he added, were also carefully chosen and trained to enhance a diner’s experience with their knowledge and understanding of the food served – ‘plus their individual personality’.

Tattu Leeds, it seems, is an outward looking business, interested in contributing to the city and its community. The restaurant opened its doors to the public earlier this year with a ‘pay as you feel’ charity dinner which raised more than £5,000 for Leeds-based charity, Simon on the Streets. Local businesses and organisations were invited to a cocktail and dim sum canapé reception followed by a four-course dining experience, giving them a taste of what to expect at this distinctly different restaurant.

Guests were asked to make a donation for the charity at the end of their meal, with all proceeds from the evening going directly to Simon on the Streets which provides critical frontline support for the homeless and rough sleepers in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield.

Adam Jones said at the time: ‘Working with Simon on the Streets was important for us. We wanted to give something back to the city that has embraced us with open arms and we’re looking forward to seeing how the donation will help the charity continue its important work. We are pleased to be opening our doors to the public on such a positive note and look forward to welcoming all guests to Tattu.’

Find Tattu in Minerva on East Parade in the city centre. For more information visit tattu.co.uk/leeds

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