A new city centre site of popular restaurant Vietnamese Street Kitchen is due to open at Birmingham’s iconic Bullring next month.
Independently owned and family run, the new VSK restaurant joins the Resorts World venue and replaces the (now closed) Brindleyplace venue. Due to open in November, the new Bullring site will be set over 2 floors and includes an upstairs cocktail bar as well as large dining space below. There's also a heated outdoor terrace to accommodate the new tier two restrictions. Diners will be able to enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine as well as light bites, drinks and takeaway options in a vibrant, colourful setting inspired by the family’s heritage. Work is underway to convert the space previously occupied by the Handmade Burger Co chain that closed at the start of the year. The new venture will create over 30 jobs for Birmingham. Vietnamese Street Kitchen’s Operations Manager Oliver Ngo says the move is a dream come true for the family, having been looking to open at the Birmingham landmark for some time. He says: “We’re delighted to add to our restaurant portfolio, especially during 2020 – a difficult time for the hospitality industry and our fellow Brummies. The decision to move from Brindleyplace to Bullring makes sense in the current climate, with less people working in offices, but actually, I’ve been looking to have a restaurant in Bullring for some time. It’s exciting seeing it all coming together. “I’m Birmingham born and bred and love our city – I want to contribute something outstanding to it as well as showcase the joy of Vietnamese food. Guests can expect fresh food, innovative drinks and friendly service, whether they’ve popped in for a long lunch or an after-work cocktail. “We’re assembling a great team back and front of house and the renovation work with Faber Designs – the same interior design company behind Adam’s, Harborne Kitchen and Folium – is coming along nicely. We’re sure this is going to be really special and nothing like what the Bullring as seen before." Vietnamese Street Kitchen will join only a handful of other independently owned venues in and around Bullring Birmingham, including Indian Streatery Express. Oliver says cooking was always a passion in his family and recipes for popular dishes, such as customer favourite Beef & Lemongrass Curry, have been passed down through the family, with four generations of recipes giving Vietnamese Street Kitchen a totally unique menu. The focus of the new menu is sharing - street food and small plates will create a Vietnamese tapas-like experience for guests. Loved classic such as Pho and Bun Cha Ha Noi will be available too. Vietnamese Street Kitchen is due to open to guests early November 2020 and bookings will be live ahead of opening. Oliver concludes: “In the current climate we hope people will support a local business trying to evolve and bring something innovative to the centre of the city. It's an exciting time for us and we look forward to welcoming guests old and new." vietnamesestreetkitchen.com