Having recently moved into a new space to accommodate an ever-growing clientele, getting a table at Adeline Grattard’s Yam’tcha still remains as difficult as her food is delicious. Showing true mastery of fusing unlikely ingredients, Grattard serves up thoughtful, seasonal dishes each with a distinct twist on Franco-Chinese fare. With each course she establishes trust with her diners, gently easing into more radical pairings. The dishes come served on smooth stone toned or muted porcelain plates accompanied by warm service. The menu changes daily, depending on the market goods that morning, and come with the option of a tea or wine pairing expertly curated by her team. Expect plates like perfectly poached sea bream on a bed of aromatic foam, or summer corn purée with white cheese and traditional spring roll. One standout dish was a simple Chinese bun, or bao, that was playfully filled with Stilton blue cheese and cherries over the traditional barbeque pork. The restaurants choice in décor is also an artful reflection of Grattard’s pluck and sensibility; with a large showcase window and open sill exposing her kitchen to her customers. The ambiance is earthy and calm, with ample stone and paper accents across the main room, bright bamboo garden to one side, and high ceilings throughout. If getting a glimpse of the main restaurant proves too trying, the old address has been converted into a Chinese tearoom serving up her signature whimsical Chinese steamed buns.
Address: 121 rue St. Honoré, 75001 Paris
Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday evening
Address: 4 rue Sauval, 75001 Paris
Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Saturday 11:30am - 10pm