SNEAK PEEK inside new Tattu Spinningfields before it opens

Manchester's most intriguing restaurant opening to date...
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Tattu, a new modern Chinese restaurant, will open its doors in Spinningfields to begin its two-week soft launch on 27th April.

‘The talisman is a huge
cherry blossom tree’

Manchester is constantly innovating and becoming more cosmopolitan by the day. Spinningfields in particular has a desire for multicultural restaurants and bars over the last five years or so. One of the most intriguing and anticipated restaurants, Tattu, is next in line to open its doors in spectacular fashion to Manchester’s insatiable appetite.

I Love MCR were let in at nightfall through its glass doors – donned by a bold brass sailing ship wheel – for a sneaky glance at things to come.

As soon as you enter the restaurant you’re enchanted. Artworks and objects that collectively tell a story from around the world and the journey of body art. It’s completely unique.

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Two huge anchors representing one of the most notorious emblems used in body art hang resplendently in the lounge area of the bar, creating a stunning focal point for guests. Symbolic timeless pieces of tattoo art, such as skulls and cherry blooms, adorn light fittings and pieces of apparatus. It’s a theatre for the discerning – you can literally smell the quality and attention to detail – every section of the restaurant and bar has a different scent to add to the sensual experience.

With no expense spared, the chairs have been tooled by an artist from New York who also has an appetite for body art. Luxurious leathers, all mottle the message Tattu is set to deliver: permanently unique.

The talisman of the impressive two-tiered venue is a huge cherry blossom tree that has been preserved to bring the East Asian outdoors inside. It stands proudly in the centre of the restaurant over a foot of booths. Four private booths are graced with orchids and beautifully stitched leather as you slide into sumptuous luxury for the evening.

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Miles of crosshatched sailing rope cloaks the ceiling; a refreshing change from exposed concrete beams. From kitchen to tables, service is an exposed exhibition with a glass-framed walkway, so every guest can witness the dishes and delights from a distance.

Adam Jones, Managing Director, said: “It was important to both Drew and myself to create a venue that would not only be visually stunning but deliver on all levels, from the taste of the food to how a customer is greeted and the impression they get as soon as they walk through the door. We’ve developed a customer journey that will engage all of the senses as they move around the venue. It’s been an exciting process for both of us since we initially came up with the concept and we can’t wait to open the doors and share it with everyone.”

The Parlour, Tattu’s private dining area, is mystical and endearing. The room (which we weren’t allowed to take photos in) is completely self sufficient with toilets and a bar and is accessible from Gartside Street through solid double doors. The code – if you have a booking – is a gentle knock to a maître d’ anticipating your arrival.

Where some critics may see this as a somewhat quixotic concept, we assure you they have thought of every little detail.

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Drew Jones, Marketing Director, added: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the support and feedback we’ve received so far – it makes the whole project worthwhile. Our staff are really looking forward to getting started as well, there is a real buzz of anticipation ahead of next week.”

Expect modern, innovative Chinese served alongside a premium selection of wines and bespoke cocktails that stimulate all senses. Creating the menu is Executive Chef Andrew Lassetter who has headed up kitchens in some of London’s most fashionable pan Asian restaurants (Circus, Cocoon, Eight over Eight, Kyashii).

If that wasn’t exciting enough the food will then be delivered by a highly skilled team, with some sourced from the infamous Hakkasan Group, who are responsible for many of London’s premium and most celebrated Chinese restaurants (Hakkasan, HKK, Yauatcha, Sake No Hana).

They have ample staff to ensure every customer is indulgently catered to; it’s attention to detail Tattu prides themselves on after all.

Tattu will open its doors on the 27th April for a two-week soft launch ahead of the official opening date, Saturday 9th May.

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