One of the UK’s leading Sri Lankan restaurant chains, The Coconut Tree, has just opened its fifth restaurant within three years, thanks to the help of Target Catering Equipment.
Since opening its first bar and kitchen in Cheltenham in 2016, the brand has expanded to Oxford, Bristol and now a new venue in Cardiff, all of which have been installed with a state-of-the-art kitchen designed by Target.
The Gloucester-based kitchen specialist has installed a range of modular equipment including wok induction hobs, ovens and grills throughout each restaurant, helping the chefs to serve up the authenticity of its renowned Sri Lankan tapas-style dishes.
Rodrigo Rashinthe, operations director for The Coconut Tree, said: “Our restaurants were getting busier and busier so we needed equipment that could cope with the growing demands of the business. The Target team offered a friendly, knowledgeable service and we couldn’t rate them highly enough for their exceptional induction equipment.”
After their initial opening in 2016, it became clear to the team at The Coconut Tree that the outdated and disorganised gas-powered kitchen needed upgrading in order to keep up with demands and make a safer, more comfortable working environment.
Having been recommended to the team by a friend, Target advised the chain to consider switching to induction cooking technology due to its benefits within a small kitchen space and minimal extraction requirements.
Following trials of the equipment at Target’s demonstration kitchen, The Coconut Tree engaged the company to upgrade the entire kitchen, installing the latest energy-saving induction wok technology along with bespoke fabricated items, specifically designed and manufactured to meet the restaurant’s unique requirements and ensure customers would be treated to only the very best Asian cuisine.
Mr Rodrigo said: “The equipment has allowed us to provide a better quality of service to our customers and our chefs are finding the innovative catering equipment technology a lot easier and safer to use.”
David Pedrette, Managing Director of Target Catering Equipment, said: “We’re delighted Rodrigo and all the team at The Coconut Tree are enjoying our equipment as much as their customers enjoy their tasty Sri Lankan dishes. We hope they continue to enjoy the many benefits of sustainable induction equipment in the many years of successful business to come.”