Promising handcrafted sushi and high-end cuisine served in one of the most ‘visually striking’ settings in the entire city, refined Japanese restaurant KITTEN opens amid the sparkling towers of Deansgate Square on 17th June. Featuring a central sushi station with front row seats, an innovatively curated cocktail menu and chefs with pedigrees listing Ivy Asia and Peter Street Kitchen, KITTEN is set to be the area’s flagship fine-dining establishment.

Imposingly chasmic yet comforting in its dedication to classically Japanese aesthetic composure, the interior features eight-metre high ceilings, Venetian-plastered walls lined with bamboo, a bar made of marble and an enormous bonsai tree. In the centre of it all, awestruck guests can watch sushi chefs produce their dishes with high-grade black and blue tuna, squid ink, Wagyu beef, sliced truffle and more. Meanwhile, chefs hailing from Pan-Asian fine dining eateries around the UK cook over a huge Robatayak grill in the semi-open kitchen.

KITTEN’s main dishes – the Robata menu – include a vast selection of the finest meats, from T-bones with pickled red radish to various faithful yet daring plates of duck, lamb and pork. The seafood menu is just as expansive, and includes whole grilled sea bass, steamed clams and caviar, while vegetarians can enjoy dishes involving crisp tofu, heritage tomatoes and charcoal-seared aubergine.

As much an alchemist’s laboratory as a restaurant, KITTEN’s cocktail menu features ‘classic yet inventive’ combinations with Japanese infusions, all devised by Beverage Manager Tim Herbert, formerly of acclaimed cocktail bar Wood & Co.

On weekends, KITTEN supplies all this alongside live music, DJs and entertainment, while their early-Summer opening date is the perfect chance to dine al fresco.

Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Tue 31 May 2022