Design Focus: Tattu


18 W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA


Contemporary Chinese restaurant, Tattu, has opened its first Scottish restaurant – occupying the ground and basement levels of the newly refurbished Mint Building on West Register Street in Edinburgh.

Its interior design really is a cut above and even the word ‘stunning’ kind of sells it short. Tattu Restaurants is an independently-owned, family-run business, led by brothers Adam and Drew Jones, who have invested time and money to create a space that’s inspired by, say the company, both the rich historic and contemporary qualities of the city.

Said Adam Jones, “The build of our fourth restaurant has been an extremely rewarding process and we’re bringing the final elements together to create a concept that we hope will excite guests and deliver a truly unique dining experience. The offering in the city is
incredibly diverse and contains some amazing operators. We hope that Tattu will be a welcome addition to this exciting dining scene with our twist on modern Chinese cuisine.”

The company’s first restaurant opened in Manchester’s Spinningfields’ district in 2015, with a second site in Leeds city centre opening in June 2017 and a third site in Birmingham city
centre which opened in February 2019. The company currently employs 270 staff across its three sites, with a further 80 in Edinburgh.

Just as soon as you’re through the door you’re under a tunnel of beautiful Sakura blossom, the thinking behind which is to create ‘the tranquillity of a Chinese garden setting’. In China
the cherry blossom is a symbol of luck and good fortune – and the trees have become a signature element of every Tattu site, each being unique in design terms.

For the Edinburgh restaurant, Tattu chose to have embroidery detail on the leather seating, which was supplied by Yarwood Leather. A gold dragon features on the back of Telegraph
Contract Furniture seating with 60,000 stitches capturing the detail of the design. On bench and booth seating a koi carp fish features. The gold thread perfectly complements the natural,
raw beauty of Utah Anthracite.

The other standout design features include the lighting that casts such a warm glow over the 140 cover split-level space, that illuminates all the cherry blossom and sets off the beauty of
the leather seating, which has been upholstered in a yellow and a mushroom colour. I really liked the lantern shaped lights too.

The parquet flooring is a rich mahogany throughout that the lighting also seems to shine up wonderfully. I’ve also got to give a nod to the design of the bar, whose dominant material is marble, with gold shelf and other detailing, in front of which are crushed velvet upholstered bar stools, also in gold. The back bar is mirrored, in a marble surround, and as well as screaming opulence, luxury, decadence…there’s also something altar-like about this design.
Tattu coming to Scotland is bound to give Edinburgh’s style credentials a big boost.

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