Jaf Siddiqi to open Indian restaurant Malai in Manchester

04 October 2012 by
Jaf Siddiqi to open Indian restaurant Malai in Manchester

North-west-based restaurateur Jaf Siddiqi is to open a new Indian restaurant, called Malai, on Manchester's "curry mile" next month.

The £1m venue, which is set to open in Rusholme, is the first of a group of restaurants, with Siddiqi planning to expand with sites in the city centre and in Liverpool by 2014.

Spread over two floors, the 120-seat Malai will feature an open kitchen and table-side tandoor ovens as well as a private dining area on the second floor.

Interiors will reflect the restaurant's Indian heritage, featuring vibrant colours and authentic Indian artefacts.

Commenting on the forthcoming launch, Siddiqi said: "It was important for me to strike the right balance of Malai's Indian heritage and a premium fine-dining atmosphere within the overall design. We have meticulously planned to reflect this as well as possible."

Malai will run a special corporate business club at lunchtimes, offering complimentary transfers to and from the restaurant from city-centre offices.

In addition, customers will be offered valet parking as well as complimentary rickshaw rides into Manchester city centre after dinner.

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