Liverpool’s Brewery Village will see a new £2.2 million restaurant open this autumn. Lu Ban Liverpool will specialise in regional Chinese food, with recipes and techniques from the Tianjin region, home of Tianjin School of Cuisine.
The restaurant, at the former Cain’s Brewery site in the Baltic Triangle, will feature small plates, tasting menus and Tianjin banquets, and has been created by directors Mike Mounfield and David Hughes, both well-known faces on the hospitality scene.
Mike says: “This won’t be your ‘traditional’ Chinese restaurant, Lu Ban Liverpool is going to be something very different. This is very much about regional specialities from one of the finest region’s for cuisine in China. The chefs from Tianjin are world renown for the quality of the food and this is what we are replicating here.”
The restaurant interiors have been designed by Liverpool designer Angela Rawson, mixing Chinese art and culture with the raw industrial heritage of the brewery.
Mike adds: “Angela has taken our brief and transformed it into our vision. Our aim, given the significant investment, was to ensure that this is a stunning and desirable venue to come and dine.
“There are certain elements that we want to keep secret until the launch later in the year, which I expect will be incredibly popular once people know the experiences they can come and have here.
“We expect to have a broad appeal as the restaurant is ideal for those intimate occasions, the family celebrations and also for businesses that want to network, team-build or impress clients.”
Work has begun on transforming the building into the UK’s first Lu Ban restaurant, which is expected to open in the Autumn.
The directors are currently in the process of securing an Executive head chef and general manager for the restaurant, with staff recruitment expected to commence in the coming weeks.