Tattu is, for sure, one of my favorite places to eat in Manchester. Not only is the design of the restaurant unique and extremely beautiful, the food is also some of the best contemporary Chinese food you can get in the city (or even England).
If you’ve set foot into Tattu before it might not come as a surprise that it was listed as one of the top 50 “fit for foodies restaurants in the UK”, 2018. It’s just a special experience from beginning to end and the perfect place for a romantic date or to treat yourself to something special.
Lately, they even added set menus to their A la Carte menu which is a great way to try out a couple of different dishes without breaking the bank too much.
We went and tried one, so I wanted to share my experience this time.
Tattu has three different restaurants. One in Manchester, Birmingham and one in Leeds. Each has their own, individual design. I can only talk for the Manchester restaurant. The interior design of Tattu Manchester is one of the most beautiful I have seen in a restaurant.
The restaurant consists of two stories. Downstairs you have a bar area and a “VIP” looking dining area, which is encompassed by red roses and gold elements. The whole area has a very luxurious feel.
The upper area is where Tattu Manchester’s real eye-catcher lies: The giant cherry blossom tree. The restaurant commissions artists for its unique interior pieces and I think it’s what makes them really stand out. The attention to detail is fascinating. Everywhere you look you can find little gems. Be it a painting, the ceiling details or the cherry blossom lights on the steps.
“Each restaurant is carefully designed to take guests on a sensory journey from the traditional East to the modern West.”
The A La Carte menu features different set menus in various price classes. The most inexpensive menu starts at 40£ while the priciest menu is a whopping 98£ per person (but it does include things like Lobster and Sirloin Wagyu beef so go figure) . There is also a vegetarian menu option.
Of course you can order all the dishes separately, as well.
When ordering a set menu, you should know, that you will either get one full sized item of each of the things on the menu to share or half the portion of that dish for each one of you. In a way it’s a bit like a tasting menu.
We decided to go for the full sized option and share- which by the way Tattu “encourages to embrace the customary approach of sharing dishes with their guests”.
Tattu serves Chinese dishes with a modern and unique twist.
What I love about their food are the strong and distinct flavors. I really don’t like when restaurants under-season things or are scared of bold flavors. This is not the case at Tattu.
No dish tastes the same and you can tell the sauces and marinades used on their dishes are well balanced and burst of flavor. It’s an innovative way of taking something classic, making it something new while still keeping some of the traditional elements of the dish.
Even though we shared our portions, we had more than enough food (and we eat a lot). I like that the set menus also include sides like egg fried rice and seasoned vegetables. Having three or four different dishes on the table at the same time is something you see a lot in Asia. I always enjoy that.
My favorite starter on their menu are the Wagyu Dumplings and Chilli and Sesame Roasted Scallops (winter menu, 2018). With 15£ for a starter, the Scallops are definitely not cheap, but if you like Scallops you will appreciate the ones at Tattu for sure.
One of my favorite parts when eating out are the dessert. I love the desserts at Tattu butthis time at least, I wasn’t over the moon about it.
We had their cherry blossom tree dessert before (which is called something more subtle though). I am not sure if was due to this being part of the set menu but the tree was so much smaller than when we had it last time. Or maybe they just changed it. I wish I was told this beforehand, because getting a good shot of this pretty dessert was what I was looking forward to the most. Nonetheless it tasted good.
With drinks, starters, mains and desserts we paid around 100£ altogether, which I think is perfectly fine for a fine dining experience like this. It wasn’t the first time we visited Tattu and it won’t be the last 🙂