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“tablecloths in the prairie”
Review of Tatsu's

Tatsu's
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed December 9, 2011

When the trend for many American restaurants perception of travel to the future includes sitting at bare wooden tables, one with table cloths is a refreshing re encounter with leisure dinning away from college days cafeteria. Sitting in a recondite off street road in suburban Kansas City, Tatsu's has both a touch of class, and some quirkiness specially in the menu, and in the service, which has not significantly changed in years.
They have appetizer escargot which are deceiving as being very diluted with morsels of mushroom as a cheap expander. The carrot soup sweet and a generous use of uncalled for sugar in the sweetbreads. On the other hand, the duck breast and its pepper reduction sauce was outstanding as was the ox tail and fish of the day. The dessert selection was unusual, for Kansas City, offerings a few items bellow tow track size in calories.
By contrast of the quality and preparation of the main component the each entree they included remnant of pioneer days taste, plain boiled vegetables.
The selection of beers is limited to the watery 3.5% Kansas special, while the wine selection has a constant unifying element, every glass we checked, cost the same as the entire bottle in the local supermarket. Such generous profit is not translated to good alertness in the service. Maybe it could be due to being a Sunday night but recollections comprising several years do not recall much better traits.

Of the few "French" restaurants in the Kansas City area this one is in the middle range in price, quality of the food and polish of their so called service. Yet, it is one to find welcome relief from the boring, almost interchangeable, menus of most above median to high cost of the areas restaurants fares. This kitchen seems to have more talent than those designed around a grill and cooks trained in more than a couple of hours.

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Thank martinezcm
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

No TV blaring, no "foreground music blaring, diners were respectful of each other. We could have a decent conversation with our friends. The food was very good, the wine list varied,
the decor was understated. What a change from most places.

I would go there again and recommend that others go there if they like a restaurant as they
used to be.

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Thank rlemon
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

First time dining in this restaurant. Food was more than adequate, reasonable price, staff was extremely efficient, cozy bar and white table cloth, nice mid-to-older crowd. Decor is slightly dated but all-in-all a very pleasant experience. We liked it well enough to return again.

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Thank 2Bees_10
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Reviewed August 20, 2010

I recently ate at Tatsu with my wife and we both had mixed reviews. I ordered the chicken breast in lemon butter sauce with beer. My wife ordered the Chilean Sea Bass in lemon butter sauce with a glass of wine. Both meals came with side salads.

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The chicken breast and sea bass were well prepared and tasted great.

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For the price points of these dishes I expected much more than the standard and boring boiled vegetables - large stem of broccoli, mashed potatoes and carrots. These sides appeared on both of our plates.

The wine list was quite overpriced with the beer prices in line with other restaurants.

Ambience and service were both nice. Good experience but not sure I will return.

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Thank Geekoo
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Reviewed March 26, 2010

My sister and I dined at Tatsu's Restaurant this week. It is a fine, French restaurant in an unassuming strip of businesses. What a treasure. The food and service were excellent; and the interior of the restaurant was very well decorated. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Prices reflect the excellence; but you will not be disappointed.

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Thank chowhoundkc
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