Twice Michelin starred chef, Atul Kochhar, is bringing his NRI (Not Really Indian) concept to the UK.
His debut site at Birmingham’s Mailbox shopping destination marks the brand’s entrance to the UK market, following the success of the original NRI restaurant in Mumbai.
The Mailbox is the UK’s largest mixed use property outside of London and is home to exclusive stores, waterside restaurants, cafes and bars, a luxury independent cinema, hotels, and 200,000 sq ft of office space home to the BBC, Advanced and Associated Architects.
Kochar will take a 5,125 square foot unit at the site, which will have space for up to 180 covers. It is due to open in September of this year.
Kochhar is famed for changing the way people perceive and experience Indian cuisine. He is a regular guest on BBC’s Great British Menu, as well as appearing on popular television shows including MasterChef and Saturday Kitchen.
Curating a high quality and eclectic dining line-up has been a central goal for the Mailbox developers, with Tom Kitchen’s opening at the venue last year.
Specialist UK leisure property agency, Shelley Sandzer, acted on behalf of a joint venture between Brockton Capital and Milligan to secure the Kochhar deal.