Mowgli announce opening date for second Manchester restaurant at University Green on Oxford Road

    News, Manchester City Centre

    Indian street food restaurant Mowgli, has announced the opening date for its second Manchester restaurant. Their University Green site situated on Oxford Road will open 21st January 2019. 

    The 3,294 sq foot, 100 cover restaurant will be open seven days a week.

    University Green is the new retail and leisure destination on Oxford Road developed in a partnership between leading property company Bruntwood and the University of Manchester.

    University Green is part of the vibrant growth area within the Oxford Road Corridor neighbourhood of Manchester. It's an area lined with universities, museums and galleries and is a centre for innovation and learning. Popular local hangouts include cultural institutions like the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, Manchester Academy, Hatch and the Deaf Institute.

    Mowgli, which recently ranked No. 17 Fastest Growing British company in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list, will soon be bringing their award-winning Indian street food to the neighbourhood.

    The restaurant will continue Mowgli’s trademark, beautifully designed and carefully considered style with bespoke and handmade features throughout. The whole interior is designed by founder Nisha Katona herself who designs the restaurants obsessively and individually for each location, as though she ‘is going to live in them’.

    Features of the new Oxford Road restaurant include a floating Indian Temple inspired ‘door on the wall’, a living tree, as well as hand carved pillars and signature lighting. 

    The menu is all about fresh, vibrant, fuss free, home-kitchen style Indian cooking. 

    As usual, founder and dedicated curry evangelist, Nisha will be banishing Indian food stereotypes with a stunning menu of fresh and authentic, healthy, flavour-packed dishes with tonnes of vegetarian and vegan options. Nisha still handpicks her kitchen team ensuring that they are complete ‘curry virgins’ so that each and every Mowgli chef can be trained from scratch with no preconceptions.  

    Andrea George Head of Retail and Leisure at Bruntwood said:

    “Mowgli is a perfect match for our University Green development – fresh, fast, fantastic Indian food for busy, talented people on the go. Nisha’s story is incredibly inspiring. Her dedication to quality, authenticity and service embodies exactly the sort of ethos that create thriving cities and neighbourhoods. Mowgli will enhance the eclectic mix of retail, bars and restaurants coming to the area, all of which is great news for Oxford Road.”

    Founder of Mowgli, Nisha Katona, who has just received an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list, commented: 
    “Mowgli is all about the smash and grab of fresh, light Indian food. This makes it perfect brain food for the exacting appetites of the university students & staff. I have loved designing this Mowgli: light, airy, twinkling and organic. In my mind, I want Apple shop meets Indian night market. From a design aspect, it’s my aim to create a home from home in the restaurants. I meticulously design every Mowgli inspired by the broken-down temple behind my Grandmother’s Varanasi home. I have such vivid memories of these vine covered temples behind her house. Wild monkeys roam free there, so the iconic monkey for me is a symbol of my childhood and the food heritage of which I am totally obsessed. The monkey climbing the brick wall, the endless twines and vines and chaos. It is around these elements that I design every site. It’s not grand or plush but its honestly home.”

    Mowgli will join a previously confirmed line up of neighbours, including academic and general bookshop, Blackwell’s; design retailer Utility; artisan coffee house, Takk; restaurant and bar, Loungers; authentic American burger brand, Five Guys; Co-op Food; and Pret A Manger.


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