A firm favourite in Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Leeds, Tattu is known for its exquisite modern Chinese food along with its stunning, Instagrammable setting. Founded by two brothers back in 2015, Tattu set out to bring some excitement to the UK culinary scene, and the result is an ever-raved-about brand with devotees across the country. There’s previously been no branch further south than Birmingham, but last year Tattu confirmed the rumours that this amazing spot is coming to London – and we’ve now got an opening date, with the restaurant due to launch on April 8, 2022.
Not only that, but the London outpost of Tattu is set to be the brand’s flagship; a spectacular spot that’ll sit on the rooftop of the Outernet’s Now building on Charing Cross Road (for what it’s worth, Outernet is pretty hype-worthy too, with plans to bring a 2000 capacity live events venue and the world’s largest high-resolution wrap-around screens to a site next to Tottenham Court Road station).
They’ve already promised us a modern, unconventional approach to Chinese cooking, complete with smoking skull cocktails and candy floss desserts, and now even more details have emerged. For starters, Tattu’s spot atop the Outernet building means that the restaurant will boast some excellent views across central London, with space for 220 guests across the restaurant, bar, and terrace.
On Tattu’s menu will be dishes made to be shared, with beautifully presented small plates and a colourful array of dim sum. There’s a whole new menu in honour of their London menu, with XO Scallops, Royal Koi Fish Gau, and Szechuan Red Pork Belly all featuring.
For a sweet finale, you can indulge in creative treats such as the Bubble Tea & Cotton Cheesecake, or the beautifully presented Koi Fish Panna Cotta. In fact, the desserts deserve an extra special mention; each one is a masterpiece in its own right. And that’s before we even mention the cocktails, such as the Hidden Dragon, pictured below.
Of course the food alone is worth the visit, but the restaurant’s award-winning interiors certainly can’t go unmentioned. Tattu’s ethos is to decorate with natural materials from around the globe – and they always aim to pay tribute to the character of the city they’re in, meaning no two Tattu restaurants are the same. Joyce Wang Studio are in charge of the décor here, with inspiration taken from a traditional Chinese courtyard house, split into four residencies themed around a different creature: Phoenix, Koi Carp, Dragon, and Tiger.
The four residencies take on their own distinct identities – for instance, the ‘Opposite House’ uses charred timber and copper panelling to capture the fiery spirit of the phoenix – and surround the ‘Inner Courtyard’, billed as “the jewel in Tattu’s crown”. Here, you’ll sit beneath a gorgeous skylight to dine under the night sky, and in Tattu’s favoured tradition, you’ll find an abundance of cherry blossom here, this time in the form of a statement blossom chandelier. If you’d like some fresh air, simply nip out to the roof terrace, where you can see the lights of central London twinkling away merrily. We can’t wait!
All images courtesy of Tattu.
Small plates start around £14, large plates from around £22.
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