Sham Alom, the former owner-chef of the Rumi’s Indian restaurant in Beverley which closed in April, is to return to the North East dining scene with Arisi set to open this summer in Hull.
The restaurant – Arisi meaning ‘rice’ in Tamil – is named after the staple diet of those living in Bangladesh and Eastern Indian districts.
The new restaurant will be part of the new £7m K2 office and living complex on the former Kingston House site. Offices and a gym are already open at the 13-storey development, which contains 39 hotel apartments and 14 luxury flats.
Icarus Lounge, a luxury events space with a sky bar offering 360-degree panoramic views, will be located on the twelfth floor of the development.
Alom has designed a unique menu hoping to appeal to an eclectic clientele. Each dish is individual and based on authentic cuisine from different regions of India and Bangladesh.
His signature dish will be a Quorma Dum Pukht – braised lamb shank cooked in a pastry-sealed pot, which prevents pressure being released and seals in the flavours, whilst slow cooking over a low flame.
Changing with the seasons, the gourmet Indian menu will be strong on vegetarian and vegan dishes. The recipes will also include daily fresh fish such as cod and mackerel sourced locally at St Andrew’s Dock.
Butters director at Tradepark, which operates the K2 development has worked closely with the restaurant’s team to refine the fine Indian dining concept and believes Arisi will add another dimension to the project.
Butters said: “The K2 vision was to create a multi-functional space at the heart of the city centre, where people could work, socialise and relax.”