Tattu in Manchester’s Spinningfields, is just one of those places that oozes cool and trendy dining, that you can only really warrant going to if you’re incredibly swish, or have something to celebrate. So when my friend Sophie suggest going there for her birthday, it was the perfect excuse for a treat.
Tattu is primarily a Cantonese restaurant, with two units in Manchester and Leeds, but it’s not like any others I’ve ever been to before. I usually tend to steer away from eating Chinese as it’s been known to induce a migraine, but I knew at somewhere this snazzy that there would be no chance of that.
As a self-confessed foodie, I had already had a read of the menu before we got to the restaurant, and had an idea of what I wanted. Me and my friend Laura got there first and had a celebratory glass of prosecco before the others arrived at the bar downstairs. As soon as we walked in, the overall vibe of the restaurant is almost quite nautical, with high ceilings so you can see the upstairs restaurant, ropes hanging from the walls with roses intertwined.
When we’d all arrived we made our way upstairs to our table, which was a booth near to the kitchen. Tattu is well-known on the Manchester dining scene as having a beautiful pink cherry blossom in the middle of the restaurant, but it is so much prettier in real life. The restaurant was quite dark, but it only added to the overall ambiance.
We sat down and our waitress came over straight away to greet us. She talked us through the menu and said that most people get a few different dishes to share and maybe a main between two, which is exactly what we all did. She took a drinks order from us and left us to peruse the menu. I was driving this night so I stuck to the water, but the cocktails looked lovely, and the little taste I had of Sophie’s was delicious and tasted like parma violets.
For the starter, two of us shared the duck spring rolls and the spicy pork wontons, both of which was so tasty and completely different to the dim sum you would get from a takeaway: the quality of the ingredients definitely came across. For a main, we had the Chinese bbq chicken with some beansprout noodles. At first, I didn’t think the main would be big enough for two, which can sometimes be the problem in a more fancy restaurant, but I was impressed with the portion size, and I would definitely recommend doing it this way.
I managed to try a few of the other plates that were on the table, including a duck and watermelon salad, the steamed hoisin buns and the crispy squid, all of which again was incredible.
The entire experience was just lovely and although the restaurant was full, we didn’t feel rushed once, and the staff were so lovely and knowledgeable.
All in all I would definitely recommend Tattu if you were looking for somewhere a bit more upmarket to go for a celebration, or just want to feel ultra-fancy.