Acclaimed Indian chef Atul Kochhar has announced he will be opening a new restaurant in the Mailbox later this year.
NRI by Atul Kochhar will “showcase high-quality but affordable spiced dishes that draw inspiration from the chef's travels around the globe" NRI stands for Not Really Indian.
The regular Saturday Kitchen host said: “I’m very excited to be opening my new concept in Birmingham, a city which I have long admired for its diversity and food culture.
“There is a complex plethora of Indian cuisine that has developed outside of India and each of my dishes tells a beautiful story – stories that I am keen to share with Birmingham”
The rustic decor of the 5,000 sq ft restaurant will be inspired by colonial India, complete with high ceilings, hanging lanterns and lots of copper and dark stone. But the food will be the star attraction.
Renowned for his ability to combine his Indian heritage with his love of British ingredients, Atul is only the second Indian chef to receive a Michelin star - awarded to his London restaurant Benares in 2007 - regarded as one of the world’s best Indian restaurants.
His new Brum eatery will have two kitchens serving up hot and cold small plates, grilled dishes, sides and desserts. There will also be a bar serving a variety of lagers, craft ales, wines and culinary inspired cocktails – including the Passion Fruit Chutney Martini with no less than seven different types of chilli.
Most excitingly, the exclusive dining room will also be used for private dining events and masterclasses, hosted by Atul himself.
The Indian born chef already has places in London, Ireland, India, two on cruise ships and a sixth at The Crown Inn hotel in Amersham.
The announcement of NRI by Atul Kochhar follows the opening of Tom’s Kitchen , the restaurant and bar by acclaimed chef Tom Aikens, in December 2016.
In an interview with The Birmingham Mail, Tom said: “I knew Atul was also coming here when I decided to launch in Birmingham. We’re friends and it’s very exciting that we will both be in the Mailbox”
Atul added: “The Mailbox is a modern, sophisticated development in the heart of Birmingham, and one that boasts premium quality space, occupiers and customer base. It’s the perfect location for my new restaurant and we can’t wait to open later this year.”
Simon Samuels, partner at Brockton Capital LLP who own the Mailbox said: “Birmingham’s culinary scene has a deservedly growing reputation, and we’re delighted that Michelin starred chefs are recognising the Mailbox as the destination to showcase their food to the city.”