A new restaurant and bar opens this week in Deansgate Square, offering fine modern Japanese cuisine and contemporary cocktails.
Kitten’s interior aesthetic is certainly one of the most striking settings in town.
Diners entering the New York-style tower ground-floor restaurant are greeted by expansive eight-meter-high ceilings, walls of bamboo and Venetian plaster, a sprawling marble bar and a towering bonsai tree. five meters.
Customers can dine front-row from the sushi chefs, with dishes including the finest tuna and hamachi, while peeking into the semi-open kitchen to see dishes grilled on one of the largest charcoal Robatayaki grills in town.
Prices and full menu details will be announced on Friday morning before the venue officially opens – but from our preview visit Manchester diners are in for a treat.
Taking center stage in the venue, sushi chefs serve a raw menu featuring a selection of freshly prepared dishes, including black and blue tuna with marinated kohlrabi and squid ink tuille, and a pretty breathtaking platter with salmon, tuna, sea bass, calamari and nigiri.
Japanese panko shrimp are crispy and golden on a bed of crispy vermicelli with a chilli dip, while sushi rolls are stuffed with snow peas and avocado, with scallops tossed in miso mayo and caviar .
The star dish of our preview was a whole sea bass cooked on the charcoal grill – huge, succulent and full of flavor, having been marinated in red miso and sesame with garlic and lime.
Tempura calamari, yasai vegetables and nobashi noodles will all be on the menu while crispy tofu, wild mushrooms, Robata sweetcorn, heirloom tomatoes and charcoal-seared eggplant form a selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Traditionally cooked over open flames, the Robata menu seeks to include the finest cuts of beef; T-bone with marinated red radish and sesame miso vinaigrette, chicken yakitori with marinated heirloom carrots and pink ginger as well as carefully prepared duck, pork and lamb dishes.
As for the kitchen team, hHead Chef Josh Gabrielides comes from Ivy Asia and Sushi Chef Daniel Zhou from Peter Street Kitchen, while the team also has experience from Sticks and Sushi and other top Pan-Asian restaurants across the country.
Kitten’s cocktail menu offers classic yet inventive combinations enhanced with Japanese influences, crafted by Tim Herbert – formerly of Wood and Co.
Throughout the weekend diners can enjoy live music, DJs and entertainment and on warmer days guests can dine alfresco in the square.
Kitten will join other operators in Deansgate Square, including Atomeca, General Stores, Flourish, Salvi’s and The Green Lab.
Kitten will open on June 17 and will be open daily from noon to 11:30 p.m. on weeknights and 12:30 a.m. on weekends, serving food and drinks throughout.