LXA Design Insight – Asha’s Restaurant Group

Asha's reputation for superb contemporary Indian cuisine stretches from the Middle East to the North West of England. LXA are working on the successful design development of the brand in Dubai, Qatar, Saudi, Bahrain Kuwait, Manchester & Birmingham. 


The multi award winning singer Asha Bhosle (Brimful of Asha)! Is the inspiration behind the restaurant group, with many of the dishes originating from her own recipes. 


The latest edition to the UK portfolio is set in an elegant Victorian property at 47 Peter Street Manchester. The venue comprises of 6,000 sq. ft. front of house space set over 2 floors. The restaurant occupies the ground floor and the lower ground hosts a destination bar for 70 and a private dining room.


The building is a grade 2 listed building in a conservation area. The building’s historical significance proved to be something of a double edged sword. The listed status tabled significant challenges in respect of internal planning and means of escape strategies. On a positive note the building provided a host of fabulous interior details reflecting Manchester’s industrial heritage which were retained and utilised as unique design features. These elements provided the opportunity to develop the Asha's concept in a unique and appropriate way that respects the host building’s architectural past. We were however, conscious that we didn't turn our back on the brand’s glamorous Middle Eastern legacy.  


Our lighting scheme was a pivotal element in the design narrative. We developed the architectural lighting scheme with INTO Lighting. The scheme is a combination of dramatic lighting showpieces and subtle swathes of light. The decorative light fittings were supplied by Moroccan Bazaar, the pieces were bespoke manufactured using traditional Indian & Arabic motifs. 


The FF&E selection was sourced from several suppliers with the destination booth seats for six diners being manufactured supplied & fitted by Style Matters. 


Asha's is the only Indian restaurant to be named in the 2017 Michelin Guide. It has also been shortlisted in the upcoming Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards. 


We continue to partner with Asha's on their ambitious development of the brand and have recently prepared design solutions for the Birmingham location as well as the original flagship restaurant in Dubai.  


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marnie.harnden@wearelxa.com


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