Manchester's original pan-Asian restaurant is taking over the old Rice spot
And you thought Piccadilly Gardens couldn't get much spicier.
Tampopo, those Manc bastions of Far Eastern food since 1997, have just revealed plans to open a new grab 'n' go spot called East Street in Manchester's busiest public square.
Opening on the 1st August, the new 56-cover diner will take over the old Rice unit in the pavilion attached to architect Tadao Ando's infamous concrete wall (which seems odd... isn't it being demolished this year?).
Dishes will start from £4.95 and include Tampopo classics such as beef Rendang and Vietnamese chicken salad
Tampopo co-founder, David Fox, said East Street has been inspired by another recent trip to East Asia.
“At every opportunity over the last 25 years I have immersed myself in the culture and flavours of East Asia," said Fox. "Earlier this year I visited Malaysia and Singapore, and arrived home bursting with ideas and inspiration from this ever-changing region.
"One thing that is constant is their love of food and of eating it on the go. I am bringing a little bit of this to Piccadilly Gardens.”
Fox says dishes will start from £4.95 and include Tampopo classics such as beef Rendang, Vietnamese chicken salad and Thai green curry, all tailored for take-out - "Just like you’ll find in the busy street markets and shopping centres of Bangkok and Singapore."
The news comes on the back of Tampopo's successful stint at Bluedot festival this weekend, with other upcoming festival slots including Kendall Calling, Manchester Food & Drink Festival and Festival No.6.
East Street will open daily from 11am to 10pm.