There are few things in life that make us happier than food here at House of Coco. It’s clear from our insta feed that food is right up there with oxygen for us and our favourite past time is dining out. Our Editor-in-Chief recently dined at one of Manchester’s newest eateries and to say she was impressed would be an understatement. Here, she tells us more…
I. Love. Food. Just take a look at my ever expanding waistline for confirmation. I love nothing more than donning a new dress (even if the sizes keep creeping up) and putting on my heels to go out to a new restaurant with my girls. I have been lucky enough to dine in some of the finest restaurants around the world from high end spots in New York to Michelin starred joints in Sri Lanka, so I like to think I know a good restaurant when I see one.
I never expected to go out for dinner in Manchester and stumble across quite frankly one of the finest restaurants I have eaten in around the world! The place that I just can’t stop raving about is Tattu, located within Manchester’s thriving retail and restaurant district, Spinningfields.
Literally as soon as I arrived I knew I was going to fall in love with the place. It has a kind of exclusivity about it without the usual pretentiousness that you often find in some restaurants. The decor has the WOW factor and this was clear as we were shown to our seats. Covering an area of 6,000 sq ft, split across two floors, the restaurant includes a glass-fronted walkway; full-sized cherry blossom tree and a stunning ‘woven’ ceiling.
I think we had the best spot in the house, positioned so we could see what the chefs were doing in the half opened kitchen over the bridge, close enough to watch the DJ dropping hit after hit and not too far from the entrance so we could people watch during the meal (come on, we all do it).
Tattu is an intriguing new restaurant focusing on contemporary Chinese cuisine, from brothers Adam and Drew Jones (who, might we add, are quite easy on the eye). The restaurant – which opened in May – takes its visual inspiration from body art, showcasing exceptional design detail as well as a truly captivating menu. I always find that you either go out to dinner or you go to a club, its usually hard to do both as once you have had your meal you are close to a food coma and want to do nothing more than go home and slob out. That’s far from the truth at Tattu, their food albeit filling enough, has a lightness to it that doesn’t make you feel sluggish. The staff were on hand to recommend their favourite dishes and we were more than happy for them to take the lead.
We opted for a few small plates and dimsum from the menu which has an array of choices priced £5-14 and included the wild mushroom spring rolls with truffle sour cream, black cod and prawn with saffron and soya bean to chilli salt squid with sweet chilli, spring onion and red onion. Not only do the dishes sound delightful but when they arrived they were more than a treat for the eyes.
To accompany our main we chose a generous helping of duck egg and sausage fried rice (£5) and it was the tastiest rice I have ever had, I never knew rice could be such a turn on! The mains cost anything from £14-70 and will guarantee a taste explosion on the palette. You can opt for anything from red pepper lamb chops with hot and sour pumpkin to Chilean sea bas with chilli bean, black bean, shaoxing wine, garlic and ginger.
The drinks menu is a whole other thing at Tattu, there really is something for everybody but you can’t have a night here without sampling the Dead Man’s Chest – A smoking chest with a crystal skull decanter serving 4 cocktails to share. Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum Punch, infused with aromatic flowers. This is a showstopper!
They have managed to do something more than right at Tattu. Staff that praise the owners and clearly love working there, food that has authentic flavours you would expect to find only if you hopped on a flight to their origin and an atmosphere that you just can’t buy. Tattu, we salute you!