Nestled away, at the back of Spiningfields, you will find one of the most stylish and sophisticated Chinese restaurants in Manchester city centre. Its contemporary interior oozes elegance and grandeur and certainly makes for a delightful eating spot!
We first ate at Tattu for my birthday a couple of years ago and even back then, we recall it having some of the best Dim Sums ever! Not to mention the most beautiful cherry blossom tree, which is still seriously ‘Instagrammable’! With the new Winter menu just launching, we were very eager to go back and see what culinary delights had been created for the latest season. Even if you don’t fancy eating, the cocktail bar in itself is worth visiting and these guys really do know how to create the most insane cocktails!
It was only fitting to have a cheeky cocktail at the bar before being seated and the ‘Elixir of life’ was definitely the one! It was certainly impressive, served in a triangular flask (think high school science experiment) with dry ice, and when poured into the glass, it turned blue! Packed with gin, elderflower and vanilla, this was heavenly! Cocktails are around your average city centre price, starting upwards of £8.
We were seated at a lovely table upstairs, facing the glorious cherry blossom tree and after perusing the menu, we did something that we haven’t done before and asked our waiter to choose all of his favourite dishes for us! To start, we went with Chinese style tapas that included a number of small dishes: spicy Iberico pork wonton, served with Szechuan and peanut; sticky red prawns with chilli bean, honey and crispy rice; drunken chicken wings with sweet soy and yuzu aioli; Tofu pockets with sticky rice, wild mushroom and wasabi and chilli and sesame roasted scallops, served with Chinese sausage, crushed edamame and mint.
I don’t eat seafood, but the hubby devoured the prawns and the scallops, which were succulent and melt in the mouth! The pork wonton was definitely the tastiest dish in my opinion and I’ve got to say, we weren’t a fan of the tofu pockets, but that’s purely down to personal preference. The menu has a really wide variety of interesting and exciting starters with prices from £7 onwards, depending on what tickles your taste buds.
The Wild Mushroom and Truffle Baby Chicken, with lotus crisp root, was seriously divine. I absolutely love truffles and was delighted with our waiter’s choice here.
The chicken was succulent and the mushrooms plump, yet soft. Served with lotus root crisps, this dish was light on the stomach, but satisfying enough to make you feel like you’d had a good main course, because let’s face it, no-one wants to pay over the odds for tiny portions that result in a trip to McDonalds on the way home!!My hubby tucked into the Saffron Black Cod, served with Miso, Chinese sausage and razor clams.
He said the subtle flavours worked well together and the fish was light in texture and not over- powered by the sauce. Main courses range from £14 upwards depending on what you choose.
We were so full from what we can only describe as our extravagant contemporary Chinese banquet, that we didn’t sample dessert on this occasion, but the menu has plenty to offer. The service is exceptional and the staff go above and beyond to ensure that you have a truly enjoyable and unique dining experience.
If you’ve not managed to visit Tattu yet, be sure to pop this one on your list as you will not be disappointed. With its decadent design and carefully crafted cuisine, you’ll be transported on a journey from the traditional East, to the modern West. For more information or to book a table check out their website: http://tattu.co.uk/
Blog by Caithy Walker