CDG have secured a 1,700 sq ft unit at 77 Berwick Street in Soho, which is expected to open in March 2019 after a comprehensive refurbishment overseen by brand designer Block 1.
The - as yet unnamed - concept will focus on solely India-Chinese fusion cuisine which is thought to have been developed more than 100 years ago by the Chinese community in Kolkata. Today, it is enjoyed worldwide as an integral component of Asian cooking.
Signature dishes will introduce a contemporary twist to popular home-style classics like such as Chilli Paneer, Chicken Lollipops and Vegetable Manchurian and combine familiar spicing profiles with game meats like venison and rabbit.
The menu will also include original cocktails which have been specially developed to encapsulate the flavours of urban India and Kolkata’s Chinatown, with mango, guava and lime featuring heavily.
Hamza Sajawal, a director of the new concept, said, “Our concept has been in the pipeline for years but now we are confident there is clear appetite for this style food in the West End.
“While Indian Chinese cuisine has been enjoyed by the international Indian community for years, this is the first restaurant with a Central London location that we believe will devote entire menu to it.
“Other restaurants are testing dishes on their menus so the demand and gap in the market is clear.
“But the location is crucial as Soho is a global name that everybody knows; tourists from Asia and those familiar with the food will finally know where to go to enjoy it.”
Tom Crosthwaite who brokered the deal on behalf of the landlord, said: “The team behind this new concept are veterans in the leisure industry and we have no doubt this new restaurant will be a brilliant addition to Soho’s premium casual market.
“In an area rich with food options, offering dishes that will be new to many people and old favourites for others will be a popular move.”