TAMU has established itself as the go-to place in Peterborough for extravagant waffle and crępe-based delicacies – both sweet and savoury so when owner TAMU got in touch asking if I’d like to come along with a few friends to the grand opening of their second dessert bar in Peterborough, I grabbed my elasticated-waist trousers and gladly accepted.
Building on the experience gleaned from their Broadway restaurant, TAMU husband and wife team Salim Rehmatullah and Saima Shah have designed the new, larger venue on Cowgate with more seating, new modern decor, and beautiful branding. This is a strong contender for the best-looking independent restaurant in Peterborough.
The restaurant hosts a large open counter area with the in-house gelato counter taking pride of place. There were two crępes machines and various waffles making equipment, allowing the artisans space to prepare treats in plain view of the customers.
Along the side are large comfortable booths which easily cater for families and small groups. More smaller table seating along the other wall lead to a raised area at the back of the restaurant which is designed to cater for private functions. This area is set aside, but not isolated from the restaurant. The interior designers did a great job with a touch of American retro glamour alongside trendy seating making it a light and friendly place to be.
The launch party saw lots of local dignitaries, press, friends and family come out to support this local family-owned business. It was really nice to see people of all ages enjoying the food.
We had the official ribbon cutting ceremony outside, followed by a short demonstration of how to make crępes from Salim and Saima. It is much harder than it looks, proven when some guest were given an opportunity to have a go themselves! We were also given a tour of the downstairs taste lab where they design and experiment with all their gelato flavours. Just like Willy Wonky, but without the Oompa Loompas.
Enough waffling, what about the food?
“…the best milkshake – ever!”
Incredibly moorish, dense chocolate brownies were baked with a chocolately bite and glistened with a golden shimmer. The Bueno milkshakes were a huge hit with one friend, who declared it ‘the best milkshake – ever!’.
We also tried some tropical smoothies, with strawberry, coconut and banana. The coconut added texture to the drink but wasn’t overpowering. Mini pancakes with strawberries and drizzled with white chocolate were a hit with me. I could quite easily eat these all day long. I should have taken photos, but I was too busy eating them.
As expected, the gelato range is amazing. We tried mint, salted caramel, brownies, and also Hubba Bubba. To know that these were made in-house by Salim himself only adds to the charm. Priced at a very reasonable Ł2.10 for a scoop, I can see these being very popular, especially with the warmer weather.
Peterborough’s dining scene has continuing to evolve over the past few years with city centre openings such as Argo Lounge, Bill’s, Handmade Burger and Ba Shoh whilst Wagamama is on the horizon. On the flip side, we’ve also lost restaurants with both ASK and Roma Italian restaurants closing. Hearing of an existing independent such as TAMU investing in a second restaurant is very exciting and shows the confidence restaurateurs have in Peterborough.
We were very impressed with obvious passion our hosts have for what they do and i hope that Peterborough diners make a real effort to support this family business. In fact, at the time of writing this the restaurant has had such incredible demand they’ve had to limit the times bookings can be made, with walk-in’s welcome at all times.
Such luxurious desserts should probably be considered a treat than an everyday occurrence but when it’s this good you’re going to need some serious willpower. Ideal for families, social groups or for treating a loved one make sure you head to TAMU soon.
Find TAMU Cowgate at 11-13 Cowgate, Peterborough PE1 1LZ.
Telephone: 01733 566453