Brand new all-day New Zealand restaurant with on-site bakery to open in Manchester

Haere mai! This distinct Kiwi dining concept set to open within Manchester’s vibrant new neighbourhood Circle Square
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A new distinctly Kiwi all day dining concept is about to open at Manchester’s vibrant new neighbourhood, Circle Square.

Tahi (which is Maori for ‘One’) promises to bring a myriad of flavours to the city direct from New Zealand.

Launching at 8am on Saturday 20th August 2022, the 102-seater capacity restaurant and on-site bakery aims to be a place for people to come together from morning to night. Established by New Zealand native, Jonathan Perry, the warm and welcoming space embraces the Maori definition of hospitality.

Open daily, the open kitchen will serve dishes from breakfast and brunch to a casual sharing menu in the evening – with drinks from the bar in-between. All food is made fresh daily, with 90% of the menu produced in-house by the kitchen team headed by Kiwi Head Chef, Andrew Tranter.

Tranter achieved the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Award of Excellence in 2018 and was a finalist in the San Pellegrino Young Chef 2019/2020 competition. He has since gone on to achieved acclaim as Head Chef at Pescatore, New Zealand; Senior Chef de Partie at London’s Michelin Star Trinity Restaurant; and Senior Chef de Partie at Restaurant Story (2 Michelin Stars).

Kiwi and Australian-inspired pastries, Viennoiseries and Tahi Twists are made by the talented in-house bakery team and also provide the restaurant with incredible freshly baked aromas. Tahi has teamed up with Ozone Coffee and Hasbean to serve a variety of speciality coffees, and they also offer Lalani & Co craft tea alongside a range of house made sodas, juices, and smoothies.

Specialising in Kiwi favourites which champion the best seasonal ingredients, key dishes include Tahi Mince on Toast with braised beef cheek, mushrooms, spinach, and poached eggs; and Tahi Fried Chicken with charred corn fritters and smoked bacon. The menu will also include vegan dishes including Slow Cooked Butternut Pumpkin with pickled root vegetables, fried kale and puffed buckwheat.

As you’d expect, 90% of the bottles on Tahi’s wine list showcase the variety of wines that New Zealand produces. The beer menu also showcases the breadth of New Zealand breweries with a nod to NZ hops to complement the food menu.

“Tahi is a dynamic experience which celebrates the exceptional level of talent from our chefs and is a live showcase of the passion we have for food,” says Tahi’s founder Jonathan Perry.

“The menu offers a modern, seasonal, and relevant take on Kiwi dishes all made with the finest ingredients. The vision for Tahi is to create a place for people to come together from locals living nearby to office workers and newcomers to the city. Whether they are on the hunt for an exceptional brew, a yum yum the size of their head or the best eggs Benedict, we want them to look no further than Tahi.”

Circle Square is Manchester’s new 2.4m sq ft neighbourhood providing 1.2 million sq ft of workspace, 1,700 new homes and over 100,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space. Tahi is the latest among a variety of boutique retailers, restaurants, bars, and pavement cafes, all centred around Manchester’s new Symphony Park.

Tahi joins the likes of Canvas, One Home Minimart and Hello Oriental, at Circle Square with more food, drink and entertainment venues due to launch later this year.

Tahi opens to the public from 8am Saturday 20th August 2022. For more information, visit their website and @tahieatery on Instagram.

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