If you're on the hunt for contemporary Chinese fine dining, look no further than Tattu, which has a handful of stunning restaurants in cities all over the UK. The first thing that strikes as you walk into Tattu Edinburgh is the interior, and more specifically the ceiling, which is carpeted with pink blooms and centred by an enormous backlit mural of a Chinese dragon. Moody lighting throughout the restaurant casts different shadows, textures and colours, adding to Tattu's opulent, dreamlike vibe. The black marble walls and reflective surfaces of the bar area are equally glamorous, making this a good spot to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail.
The experience at Tattu is all about opulence, from the interiors to the ingredients. Luxury ingredients like lobster, truffle and wagyu beef all find their way onto the menu here, delivered via dishes that don't hold back on flavour. The menu kicks off elegant dim sum bites - crispy duck spring rolls with cherry hoisin, chicken truffle shumai, and lobster and prawn toast. Guests are encouraged to share a selection of small and large plates, which focus again on big, bold flavours and sweet, sour and umami contrast. Braised beef short rib comes coated in a sticky soy reduction, tuna is seared in Japanese seven-spice and served with truffle aioli and yuzu ponzu, and there are some recognisable favourites for those who enjoy the classics - aromatic duck pancakes, salt and pepper aubergines, and black cod with hoisin sauce.
Tattu also specialises in cocktails, offering a chunky menu of classic, signature and sharing cocktails. Try the Lucky Number 8 - Makers Mark, chilli rum and chocolate, the Tiger Lily - sloe gin, blueberry and coconut, or the Celestial Dragon - one of Tattu's most recognisable signatures, a mixture of Belvedere Smogóry Forest, Eminente Ambar Claro Rum, kiwi and citrus.
As well as the regular a la carte, Tattu also offers tasting and vegetarian tasting menus.