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Award winning chef, Cyrus Todiwala OBE, to launch first restaurant outside of London at Highcross, Leicester


Hammerson announced today that renowned television chef Cyrus Todiwala, best known for appearing on The Incredible Spice Men and BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, is to open his first restaurant outside of London at its flagship destination Highcross in Leicester. The new location will be Todiwala’s fifth restaurant in total, alongside Café Spice Namasté and Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen.

In late August, Todiwala will be launching Tandem, a celebration of authentic Indian cuisine and cocktail mixology located in a picturesque and decorative Grade II listed building in Highcross, in the heart of Leicester city.

The decadent restaurant and bar will offer accessible luxury, with the memorable interior taking inspiration from both Portuguese and Goan influences. The heavily anticipated restaurant will seat 150 diners, but the structure and striking interior will allow for an intimate experience with five distinct spaces, including an exclusive chef’s table for executive dining and a stunning rooftop terrace.

Tandem will remain true to Todiwala’s Indian routes and beliefs with the menu carefully crafted using traditional Indian cooking techniques and ethically and sustainably sourced British produce, ensuring each dish is fresh and beautifully presented. The unique menu blends traditional flavours that span the Indian subcontinent with ethically sourced, primarily British produce.

Having teased the launch on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, Todiwala said: “I have always wanted to expand my restaurants outside of London with Tandem having been in the pipeline for a long time and I’m thrilled to bring the vision to life in Leicester. The foodie scene in Leicester is taking flight and we’re excited to launch Tandem in such an exciting and vibrant city.”

“Tandem is an exciting concept which offers something different to my other restaurants but takes inspiration from what we know our customers love. It was important to me to fully showcase the beauty of Indian cuisine by using traditional cooking techniques and influences from my personal experience.”

Iain Mitchell, UK Commercial Director at Hammerson, said: “The fact that an award-winning chef like Cyrus Todiwala has chosen Highcross for his first site outside of London is a real vote of confidence both in Highcross, and in Leicester as a city. Leicester already has a thriving food and drink scene, and Tandem is going to be a great addition to that. Tandem is exactly the sort of innovative, immersive offer that we are looking for across our portfolio, as we know our customers are looking for unique experiences.”

Highcross has already had a number of exciting, high profile restaurant and leisure openings in 2019, including Treetop Adventure Golf and Indian restaurant tamatanga.