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Posted: Thu Jan 31 2013
Yam’Tcha is indisputably one of our favourite restaurants in Paris, and even more so since its recent renovation, which has made the space lighter and brighter. An intimate dining room decorated with tasteful Asian accents, a calm atmosphere, a friendly welcome and highly experienced chefs all add up to a practically perfect place to eat.
Adeline Grattard, co-owner with her husband Chiwah (the tea guru), is in her element here. Drawing on her long experience in Asia, she creates exotic dishes full of subtle textures and flavours which are, at times, astonishing (scallops with peppers and black soya), even disconcerting (custard with pumpkin spaghetti, red tea mousse), but always accomplished.
The set menu is a blessing, so you can just enjoy the surprises that appear on your plate, like the Bouchot mussels with tofu and cucumber. Reserve (well in advance – it’s very popular) a place at the small bar overlooking the kitchen to watch every detail of the careful preparation, and chat to the affable chef. You may even pick up a few tricks of the trade (like the secret to the sweet and sour Szechuan aubergines, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes).
The menus can also come with matched teas – highly recommended. None of this is cheap, with menus starting at €60 for lunch, but Yam’Tcha is well worth splashing out – and you’ll probably find a way to come back.