Opening date confirmed for modern Indian Asha’s in Manchester
Bollywood singing star Asha Bhosle to attend September launch event
The ARIL Group has confirmed the opening of its first Asha’s restaurant in Manchester in September, when the launch will be graced by the legendary Bollywood singing star Asha Bhosle.
The Asha’s menus will offer a delicious array of Modern Indian Cuisine paired with an exciting, modern cocktail menu and carefully selected wine list.
The multi-award-winning singer is the inspiration behind the restaurant group, with many of the dishes originating from her own recipes. Asha will attend the opening to meet fans and road test the menu.
The project cost is just under £2m, whilst the venue in the elegant Victorian building at 47 Peter St, Manchester, facing the Theatre Royale, comprises 6000 sq. ft over two floors.
The upper ground floor is the 100-cover restaurant and the lower ground floor will host the cocktail bar for 70 and a private dining space.
Herself a noted cook, Asha opened her first restaurant at Wafi City, Dubai in 2002, and the brand is now dotted all over the Middle East as well as a highly successful restaurant in Birmingham that amongst numerous awards and accolades, has been recommended in the coveted Michelin Guide since 2009.
Peter Warden, ARIL Group General Manager, says: “We are tremendously excited about our new upcoming cocktail bar and restaurant in Manchester.
“This will be our tenth Asha’s around the world and for the Manchester venue we have taken a major leap forward in the evolution of the brand.
“I am sure that the good people of Manchester will be delighted with the fantastic décor, delicious drinks and amazing award winning food that they will be able to enjoy when we open in September.
“One of the reasons that we selected Manchester for our new Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is due to the very vibrant cocktail scene which is on par with the likes of London and our home town Dubai.
“We have always had an exciting and innovative cocktail offering and to ensure that we can deliver the very best to the experienced drinkers of Manchester we have engaged the skills and services of world class cocktail consultants such as Marian Blake from the Nightjar in London (top three cocktail bars in the world) and Jamie Jones who is the current reigning ‘World’s Best Gin Bartender’.
“We have also worked with our wine experts to develop a list that is specifically designed for Manchester's tastes and preferences.
“Having made a major investment into understanding what the regional taste profiles are, they are well placed to help us match our award-winning cuisine to a wonderful wine list developed to delight Manchester's discerning clientele.”
In 2011 the Guinness Book of World Records officially acknowledged Asha as the most recorded artist in music history, with over 11,000 songs in over 20 Indian languages, featuring in over 1,000 Bollywood movies.