When it comes to spectacular dining destinations, it is difficult to think of many which could rival Tattu in terms of sheer wow factor says Camille Allcroft
The newly opened Tattu Birmingham joins the Manchester and Leeds locations and we recently went along to dine at the newest addition to the stylish restaurant and bar group.
Upstairs, the sophisticated bar area is the ideal setting for pre-dinner drinks while polished dark wood, soft lighting and a ceiling covered in pretty blossoms sets an inviting tone in the dining room downstairs.
We took our seats in a cosy booth overlooking the bustling restaurant floor. Service was friendly and prompt from the offset, and we were soon sipping a round of the cocktails Tattu is renowned for – it would be a shame to visit without sampling their famous ‘Skull Candy’ which blends smoking vodka, bubblegum and strawberry served in a skull shaped glass and this really is a showstopper. Apple Blossom was another wise choice of cocktail, with a subtle blend of Gin, apple and jasmine topped with an edible flower.
Tattu describes itself as ‘a modern Chinese experience’ and the menu includes a variety of dishes designed to share, as well as the usual starters and mains if you prefer to keep everything to yourself!
We ordered a large selection to sample a range of flavours and the dishes arrived as and when they were ready. Plump prawn Har Gau were a delight, and do not miss the lobster and prawn toast served with sweet chilli dipping sauce. Chopsticks poised, we dived in to salt and pepper aubergine in golden tempura batter, served with chilli, garlic and cherry Hoi Sin which added an appealing tanginess. It is worth noting there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu and we also sampled the tofu pockets stuffed with sticky rice, wild mushroom and wasabi which proved to be filling and flavoursome.
Seared tuna with ponzu, truffle aioli and caviar proved to be an indulgent dish in keeping with the lavish setting, while sticky red prawns with chilli bean, honey and crispy rice showcased the Tattu flair for bringing traditional Chinese favourites up to date. If cocktails aren’t your thing, the wine list is extensive enough to impress any aficionado and a chilled bottle of Whispering Angel Côtes de Provence rosé had notes of grapefruit and citrus, which paired well with the fusion of delicate flavours.
The dessert menu held temptations such as dessert wontons and fortune cookies and cream and we found just enough room for the white chocolate igloos – a fun creation of blood orange, vanilla biscuit and coconut ‘snow’.
Tattu provides an enticing dining experience which makes you want to linger and the food measures up to the stunning interior design, with new twists on classic Chinese recipes and a varied drinks offering making for a winning experience. This is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, or just to indulge in a memorable evening out and the set lunch at two courses for £23 or three courses for £28 is also excellent value.
Tattu Restaurant and Bar, Birmingham B3 2NT. 0121 236 5556