Conceptual Winter Desserts at Tattu

Conceptual Winter Desserts at Tattu


We set out with a clear vision
at Tattu for this season to make something unique,
something festive. A huge amount of work
goes into designing each and every
dish here at Tattu. We like to think that our
dishes are a work of art. The goal is to build a guest
experience around the brand, that stimulates all senses
from the start to the end. Desserts are so
special at Tattu, because it’s the last
course you’ll have, and it’ll be the most
memorable course. We love to add an
element of theatre and surprise to
our desserts. For us, that’s a big thing, because you want that
theatre to last the entire meal. The pagoda is very important
with Chinese architecture. Keeping our motto in
mind of being unique, we came up with an idea where
we could stack our brownies to resemble the pagoda. We thought we could invite the
guest to smash open the roof of the dessert to reveal
the ice cream, and let it ooze
down the brownies and into the winter berries, so it has a real wow factor. In Chinese culture, the pagodas are also
a symbol of success, so by breaking the mold, our guests are sharing their
success with each other. This idea came from looking into
different fillings for the wontons, relevant to our Autumn/
Winter season. We looked at mixing
milk and dark chocolate and warming spiced
orange coffee and chilli flavours, served
with different sauces. It was at the tasting
stage when we realised that we could add an element
of surprise to the dessert. So the guests would
pick up a wonton, but not know the filling
until they bit into it. In China, the flower is associated
with female beauty and dominance as well as feminine sexuality. It ultimately symbolises
power and strength. The Cherry Blossom has to be one of our
most popular desserts. We make our own
chocolate trees, which we stand up in the cherry
and white chocolate mousse, and put a huge piece of
candy floss on top to represent the
large cherry blossom we have in our restaurant. Folklore say, when the
Sakura spirits release their gorgeous fragrance
in Springtime, their gift of beauty
and elegance is to be truly celebrated. Unfortunately, the
cherry blossoms only bloom once a year and their gentle, pale
petals surround us for a very short time. It’s because of this that the
cherry not only represents beauty and innocent pleasures, it also teaches us to appreciate
the brief time we share with our loved ones. Being able to fusion
Chinese flavours with contemporary desserts has been a big challenge
for me, but one of the most enjoyable
that I’ve done.

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