The modern Chinese restaurant, Tattu has recently opened its doors on its third site in England in Birmingham. The other two restaurants are located in Manchester and Leeds, however the Birmingham site is the groups largest fit out, with a 160 cover, split out space over two floors in part of the city’s historic hotel The Grand– which was built in 1879.
Each site’s design is has its own identity, intended to take customers on a sensory journey. The name of the restaurant is derived from a combination of tattoo, the art form that inspires the restaurant’s interiors and ‘Tatau’ – a word from ancient eastern culture which means to ‘make a mark’. The goal of Tattu is to build a customer experience around a brand that stimulates all the senses, fusing design with innovative Chinese cooking.
Through the interior design and unique menus, Tattu takes diners on a journey from east to west China. It is an independent and family run business, led by brothers Adam and Drew Jones. The company’s first restaurant opened in in Manchester in 2015 and the Leeds site followed in 2017. This latest addition has created 100 jobs. The brothers are incredibly excited about the regeneration of The Grand development recognising its place within the city’s rich history. Tattu Birmingham is the first restaurant in the group that’s located within a heritage space and this has played a key role in creating a unique design concept for the site.
Spread over two floors, this restaurants’ design takes inspiration from the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang. Guests will meet the Yang element of the restaurant on the ground floor, where the bar area and private dining spaces. Light, masculine and fiery details take on gold finishes and temple- like rock create a warm space perfect to be spent in the bar area before or after dining. Down the stairs, on the second floor, the main restaurant space is inspired Yin, the opposite and has dark and feminine immersive spaces, featuring oriental fretwork, Tattu’s signature blossom trees and the walls are made with constructed travertine rock – a hard, surface imported from Hong Kong, and The tactile nature of the surface reflects warm light, and contrasts with the silk-like Calacatta marble that is used across the floor and bar upstairs.
Adam Jones, Managing Director, said:
“As we approached the design process for the restaurant, we knew the concept would need to fit with the character of the heritage space while also reflecting the contemporary look and feel of Tattu’s interior design and modern Chinese cuisine. As we explored the Chinese philosophy of Yin Yang – when two seemingly opposite forces can actually be complementary to each other – we knew this was a concept that would work perfectly within the unit. Working with the space, we decided to use properties of Yang on the ground floor to introduce a new design to Tattu’s collection that’s completely unique to Birmingham.”
As well as the sensory, and carefully thought of atmosphere of the Yin and Yang design, diners will look forward to the best of modern Chinese cuisine with dishes such as Beef Fillet and Caramel Soy and the delicate Saffron Black Cod. New menu additions include Chilli and Sesame Roasted Scallops served with Chinese sausage, crushed edamame and mint, as well as an Asian Pear Crumble with green apple, almond and pink custard.
“The main lower-ground dining space seats up to 130 guests who will overlook our first open kitchen which has been created to service our team of talented chefs, from the dim sum masters through to the wok chefs. The main dining area has been carefully sectioned by fretwork to create several different dining spaces, so we can ensure guests a unique experience each time they visit. We have incorporated more booth-style tables, as Chinese food is all about the concept of sharing and we want guests in Birmingham to embrace this when they visit. The response we’ve received from the public has been overwhelming, we feel at home in Birmingham already.”
The company has also committed to a fourth site in Edinburgh due to open in late summer 2019.
In their own words…
Established in 1998, Taylored Flooring specialises in the provision of flooring for use within the hospitality industry. We pride ourselves on our end-to-end service where we offer our clients a vast choice of bespoke floor finishes “taylored” to individual need. However, we don’t stop there, we continue from the supply of the specified floor straight through to the careful installation of the floor including subfloor preparation and joinery work such as staircase cladding. In Tattu Manchester and Birmingham we installed timbers to the ceilings as part of the specified design.
Taylored Flooring has worked closely with Tattu over several years and always ensures that all floor installations are completed with quality and detail at the forefront. Our relationship with Tattu commenced with Manchester, the first Tattu venue in 2014 – opening in 2015. From that time, we have worked closely with Tattu and Wilmslow Building Co installing floors in Tattu Leeds and more recently Tattu Birmingham.
Chris Taylor of Taylored Flooring, said:
“At Taylored Flooring we offer a bespoke service. From colour-matching to suit our customers’ individual aspirations, giving full flexibility to design and this flexibility includes board widths, lengths and thicknesses, which are all optional along with installations in Herringbone, Chevron and Basket Weave patterns. We also offer smoked oak, where our customers can choose their specific smoking intensity and provide a choice of finished surface textures from smooth to varying degrees of brushing.”
“We ensure the finished work is always 100% satisfactory to our client and we always offer advice to our customers to assist them in choosing the right floor for their establishment. We not only offer new installation, we also specialise in remedial work where we are able to offer sanding, brushing, staining and finishing treatments using Worldwide renown lacquer/oil producers such as Bona & Pallmann. Our comprehensive range of aftercare products ensure that with the correct cleaning and maintenance regime, our floors will stand up to the demanding environments found in commercial situations.
With the ongoing success and development of the Tattu brand we look forward to continuing our close working relationship with Tattu and Wilmslow Building Company on their next venue.
Founded over 170 years ago, Crittall Windows is the worlds’ leading supplier of steel windows. Crittall Windows designs, manufactures and installs doors, windows and screens for internal or external applications.
The company uses cutting edge design and manufacturing expertise to provide an unparalleled engineering and production capacity. It offers the widest range of hot rolled steel window profiles which allows them to respond to individual project requirements and offer custom solutions.
Crittall Windows works on a variety of projects around the globe, from hotels and listed buildings to commercial and residential properties. It is specified for historic and refurbishment projects, replicating and replacing architecturally significant metal windows.
The company has a strong work relationship with a number of high-profile brands, such as Firmdale Hotels. For example, Crittall Windows supplied all 159 windows for The Soho Hotel at the specification of architect Peter French. Further afield, it supplied windows, interior screens and lobby doors for The Whitby Hotel in New York.
Crittall Windows was recently involved with Tattu Birmingham, providing assistance to Three Spire Glass to make sure the correct Crittall system was specified. The company also assisted by providing drawings to make sure the chosen solution met the clients requirements.
Russell Ager, Managing Director at Crittall, said:
“At Crittall Windows we pride ourselves on our reputation for delivering excellence and our core values of trust, honesty and respect still remain true today. All of our windows are handcrafted, so quality and longevity are at the top of the list, and the client always comes first; we put the customer at the heart of everything we do.”
Three Spires Glass
Since 1958 Three Spires Glass has specialised in all aspects of structural glass, glazing and fenestration, from traditional skilled glazing methods to the most modern glazing systems and techniques. They also specialise in Crittall and are a Crittall specialist as well as providing aluminium and UPVC windows and doors.
Three Spires Glass strives to be as diverse as their client base and are truly unique within the industry, as they offer so many products and skilled services to the private, public and commercial sectors, making them the first and only choice for all glass and glazing requirements.
The company recently completed work at Tattu Birmingham where they provided the Crittall products for the front of the building as well as lobby glass doors and glazing to the imposing wine rack for inside.
Commenting on the project, Steve Castano from Three Spires Glass said: “We have enjoyed participating in such an opulent project which will be a welcome addition to our business portfolio. We hope that this project will serve us well in increasing local interest in our products and services and help increase our client base within Birmingham City centre”.
Prior to working on the Tattu project, Three Spires Glass has completed work at the former Coventry Technical College site, which was turned into a Premier Inn. On that project they replaced 1,250 panes of broken glass in what is a grade II listed building. They have also completed worked on Public Health Sites, barn conversions and local restaurants as well as working for private clients and home owners.
IP24 Limited specialises in providing innovative, integrated security solutions. IP24 provides businesses with security solutions that will protect people, premises and products.
The team at iP24 have extensive experience working in the security industry. They have worked on a number of Tattu venues, the most recent of which was Birmingham where the company designed and installed the CCTV, access control, intruder alarm, and fire detection systems.
Alongside this longstanding relationship with Tattu, IP24 has worked with other hospitality clients including Gusto, Alchemist and Living Ventures. The company also has clients in several different industries including; automotive, quarries and aggregates, commercial property and distribution.
Graeme Oliver Managing Director, commented:
“This project means the continuation of the strong working relationship we have built with the team at Tattu. We were involved with installations at both Manchester and Leeds where we continue to maintain the security and fire systems. We look forward to developing this relationship further in the future.”
“We are always looking for new innovative technology to be able to offer to our clients. The security industry changes so quickly it’s really important to stay ahead of the game. We pride ourselves on the partnerships we build with our customers. We don’t just want to be a one off installer. We build partnerships with businesses maintaining systems, making improvements to existing provisions and offering advice and support where required.”
Monarch Catering Equipment
February 2019 marked the opening of Tattu’s third and most impressive restaurant yet, located over two floors in what was once the boiler room of Birmingham’s Grand Hotel. Marble steps lead down from the bar to the exquisite dining area adorned with oriental artwork and stunning cherry blossom trees. The main focal point of the room, however, is the large, open kitchen bringing a sense of theatre.
Having already worked with Monarch Catering Equipment to create a new kitchen at his Leeds site, Tattu’s managing director and part owner, Adam Jones, had no hesitation in asking the company to design and install a kitchen layout that could fulfil the modern, fine dining, Chinese menu but which, crucially, also delivered on the all-important aesthetics.
The Monarch team liaised with Adam, his executive chef and Edwin Pickett, the restaurant’s interior designer. Explains Sandro Wulkan, Monarch’s managing director and head of design, “There were a number of specially sourced items of kit that we needed to incorporate including a 3 burner wok range, two large steamers, a chargrill and a plancha grill, alongside more usual equipment such as fryers and combi ovens. We housed most of the cooking equipment within a large island unit directly behind the pass so that diners can catch glimpses of the chefs at work.”
Adam sums up “Working with Monarch has been a key factor in the evolution of Tattu restaurants. They’ve helped us refine our kitchen designs to allow for the smoothest and most efficient flow of service while their attention to detail and desire to produce something special dovetails perfectly with the Tattu philosophy. We hope to work on many more projects together.”
At Birmingham, as well as the kitchen, Monarch also created a back of house preparation area, a cold storage area, the main backbar and a dispense bar. Monarch is also currently refurbishing the kitchen at Tattu’s original Manchester site. www.monarch-direct.co.uk.