Latest openings: Selina NQ1 Manchester, Liv and Officina 00
Selina NQ1 Manchester
Latin American hotel brand Selina has launched in the UK, opening in Manchester's Northern Quarter. The design is a nod to Selina's South American heritage as well as to the creativity of Manchester, and incorporates works from local artists.
There is a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, Irish pub and basement club, and a programme of music events and workshops. A co-working space will launch in the coming months. Dishes at the restaurant include agave- and jalapeño-glazed chicken wings; black pepper tofu with marinated watermelon and cucumber; lemon and saffron chicken kebab flatbreads; and pan-fried sea bass fillets with whipped avocado.
A total of 132 beds are split between 37 bedrooms, suites and shared rooms for between three and eight guests, including a female-only option.
Founded in 2015, Selina currently operates in 50 locations throughout South America and Europe. The name Selina comes from Selene, the Greek goddess of the moon.
Design Lorna Keller
Starting room rate £25
Liv restaurant has opened in London's Belgravia, with a menu designed by chef Damien Monley, previously of Flat White Café in Sydney, Australia. For now, the site offers breakfast and lunch, with dinner service to be added later this year. The venue, in the former premises of Como Lario restaurant, also offers a global wine list, coffee and Italian cocktails.
Typical dishes Thai coconut-poached chicken salad; 17-hour wagyu brisket; king prawn omelette
Arc Inspirations, the operator behind Banyan Bar & Kitchen, has opened its New York-inspired Manahatta bar concept in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, joining existing sites in Leeds and Manchester. The group has invested more than £300,000 into transforming the former Pit site.
Typical dishes Mac and cheese; cajun chicken fajitas; steak frites; burgers; caesar salad; barbecue chicken nachos
Chef Elia Sebregondi and director Enzo Mirto, who grew up together in Naples, have opened a new pasta workshop and restaurant near Old Street, London. Officina is Italian for ‘workshop' or ‘lab,' and 00 is the grade of flour used to make pasta. The drinks list focuses on limoncello and Italian wine on tap.
Typical dishes Orecchiette with peperoncini verde and almond pesto; occhi filled with braised pork Genovese, sour parsley and provolone
Street food brand Zaap Thai has opened in York in a space previously occupied by Gourmet Burger Kitchen. The menu features more than 80 dishes, while the drinks menu lists beers such as Singha and Tsingtao and bubble teas.
Operator Sukho Group
Owner Ban Kaewkraikhot
Typical dishes Gang ped Thai red curry; hoy tod crispy pan-fried mussel pancakes; pla tod gratium deep-fried whole sea bass
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