Given the number of successful Indian restaurants operating in the UK, customers are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the best Indian food on offer. Now that is set to get a lot tougher for the people of Yorkshire, following the news that a brand-new pioneering Indian restaurant is opening in Hull.
Without doubt Indian food has become part of the fabric in the UK and has grown in popularity over the years. This makes the opening of Hull’s Arisi even more exciting.
Arisi, which is set to open in the coming months, guarantees the best Indian food with a twist. With a shorter menu, the team will focus on serving each dish to perfection delivering designer plates using only the best Indian spices.
Hassan Miah has worked alongside his executive chef to bring Arisi to life over the past year. We were lucky enough to speak to Hassan, who told us all about how Arisi aims to be different to other Indian restaurants on the market.
“What we are trying to do at Arisi is implement spices in a different way. Typically in an Indian restaurant every curry has the same base, however, we are creating a menu where every dish is individually cooked and designed on the plate, rather than the usual dishes that Indian food comes in. It is more like a designer plate with Indian spices, carefully and specially prepared.
“We are prioritising bringing quality to customers. When you go to most Indian restaurants you will see a couple of hundred dishes, we are trying to move away from that. At Arisi we will only have a small menu, but every dish will be given more attention. We are keen to ensure every dish goes out right so we don’t have some better than others, which is very important to us. I think is it fair to say if you have 500 Indian dishes on your menu you are not going to get everything out properly and to a high standard. There will of course be a wide range to choose from, and whatever goes out we will be aiming to make it perfect.”
With Indian restaurants being a prominent part of the UK’s overseas food scene, Hassan recognises that standing out and providing ‘something different’ goes a long way in running a successful business. With Indian food more explored that ever, he told us about how the quality will be as good as anywhere at Arisi, and how the team has focused on the smallest of details to guarantee the best customer experience.
“I think in this day and age you have to stand out, but of course we know people still like their typical curries in the UK; it is great for people to get a taste of that. However, there are so many places that can offer this, so I think we need to try and move away from that.
“We are introducing a seasonal menu, which will include pheasant, goose and duck for example, or your usual prawn and lobster dishes. We are looking to go through the seasons and change our menus, which we hope our customers will appreciate and enjoy.”
Offering chefs with a wealth of experience, the team has got backgrounds of over 25 years working with Indian dishes, just one of many things for Indian food lovers to get excited about. Arisi has been a long time in the making, however once everything comes together, it certainly looks like it will be the go-to place for Indian food in Hull!
“We have got a couple of chefs, our executive chef and my business partner, Sham Alom, has won awards before and worked in excellent venues, but he was keen to move on to a new challenge. He has being training with a small group of chefs that are always in the kitchen exploring different regional dishes, and they actually end up teaching each other which is great!
“As for the project itself, we have actually been working on it for almost a year now. I have run my family restaurant in Hull so I have experience and know what it is like working in this field. Me and the executive chef have worked together to get Arisi off the ground so we are both equally as excited to see it kick off!