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Inside Hello Oriental, Manchester’s giant new three-storey Asian food hall

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 11th February 2022

A massive new food hall is opening its doors in Manchester this weekend, with three floors packed with food from across Asia.

Hello Oriental has an Asian-inspired bakery and cafe, a Vietnamese restaurant, a Chinese supermarket, and a huge food hall serving East Asian street food.

The multi-storey ‘super-venue’ has been built beneath Symphony Park at the new Circle Square development just off Oxford Road.

It’s been inspired by dining destinations like Bang Bang Oriental in London, and 1800 in Miami.

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The new supermarket at Hello Oriental. Credit: The Manc Group

The heart of Hello Oriental will be its food hall, Downtown Oriental, a vast market hall with a fast-paced open kitchen.

Here, diners will be able to feast on everything from Chinese roasts to dim sum, baos to noodles, and fried rice to seafood.

Downtown Oriental, Hello Oriental’s new food hall. Credit: The Manc Group

Downtown Oriental will also serve bubble teas, and taiyaki ice cream, a type of soft-serve presented inside an adorable fish-shaped cone.

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Elsewhere, Hello Bakery will sell modern fusion bakes alongside coffees and high-grade teas.

On a purpose-built mezzanine level, Vietnamese restaurant Rice Paper Pho will serve traditional dishes like pho, summer rolls and salads, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.

A UK-first Hello Oriental supermarket will open soon, selling products, produce and ingredients from East Asia.

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Azim Kourah, director of Hello Oriental, added: “It’s been a long time in the making but we are thrilled to be opening our doors to Manchester.

Credit: The Manc Group

“From Saturday onwards, our brand-new concept will be spicing up Manchester’s food scene, bringing three floors of incredible flavour, excitement and atmosphere to the city.”

Bradley Topps, commercial director at Bruntwood SciTech, said: “Hello Oriental is going to be a real destination and cornerstone for Circle Square – there’s nothing else like this in the Northwest.

“Spread across three floors, there’s a space for every occasion, whether you’re looking for evening food, drinks and music, tea and cake, or to stock up on supplies from the specialist supermarket.

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“The variety is unrivalled, the complex is incredibly cool, and it’s going to be bursting with atmosphere at all times of day.”

Hello Oriental joins TRIB3, a specialist high-intensity fitness studio, with a host of additional food, drink and entertainment also due to launch at Circle Square later this year.

Hello Oriental’s flagship food hall will open on Saturday 12 February and will be open daily from 10am to 11pm.

You can find out more at hofoodhall.com.

Featured image: The Manc Group