FAST CASUAL | Staff Reporter, UK

Busaba Eathai Heads North

On its 15th year in the UK, Thai eatery Busaba Eathai is ramping up its British expansion with new sites in Manchester, Leeds, and other locations set to open this year.

“This is a pivotal and extremely exciting time for us as we plan to expand rapidly over the coming years. We have taken our time to grow carefully and sustainably over the past fifteen years, cementing our position as the UK’s leading Thai restaurant group,” Jason Myers, Busaba Chief Executive Officer, said.

“Now it is time to share our tried and tested food and atmosphere with more of the country, and to create more Busaba ambassadors,” Myers added.

The new Busaba Eathai Manchester, to be located in Exchange Triangle at the gate of Print Works, will occupy an area of 7,383 square feet in the complex’s ground, mezzanine, and first floors, and is set to open this fourth quarter. Guests will have the option to book a private dining room, or dine in a Thai terrace for al fresco dining.

The group’s menu by Executive Chef Jude Sangsida and his team will feature favourites such as Thai calamari with ginger and green peppercorn, Mussaman duck curry with spices, and the Sen chan pad Thai with crabmeat and green mango. A children’s menu and various dessert items are also set to be unveiled with the new restaurant, Busaba said.

The new eatery will also feature the Kinnaree Bar, which will offer standard beverages and Busaba’s Thai-themed cocktail list.

Meanwhile, in keeping with Busaba’s core principle Gan Gun Gan Yuu (as you eat, so you are), Busaba will source most of its fresh ingredients from regional and local British suppliers.

Conceived by businessman Alan Yau, Busaba Eathai opened its first store in London Soho on Wardour Street in 1999. Since then, the Thai restaurant brand has expanded to 12 branches in the UK, and one branch in Dubai, which opened last March.

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