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Japanese restaurant to open at Manchester Arndale’s £11m food quarter, The Manc

Japanese restaurant to open at Manchester Arndale’s £11m food quarter

Another new restaurant is set to open at Halle Place, the Arndale’s £11m food quarter.

Hoardings have now gone up signalling the arrival of Kokoro, a Korean-Japanese restaurant.

Kokoro started life a little over a decade ago in a tiny restaurant space in London – it’s now grown from a three-table business to a franchise with more than 50 locations.

When it opens here in Manchester, it will join Archie’s, PizzaLuxe, Barburrito, Doner Shack and Wolf Italian Street Food in the Arndale’s newest space.

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Kokoro, which translates from Japanese as heart, mind or soul, specialises in fresh and healthy food.

Dishes on its menu include warming bowls of noodles, stir-fries with rice, and sets of sushi and nigiri.

Popular meals at Kokoro include its chicken katsu curry rice bowls, its sweet chilli chicken thighs, and its Korean-style beef bulgogi with onions, carrots, and bell peppers.

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Lighter options range from poke bowls to sashimi to katsu salads.

The menus at other sites also feature mochi, a popular Japanese dessert where ice cream balls are encased in a chewy rice paste.

As well as food and drink, Halle Place is also home to the immersive gaming experience Electric Gamebox.

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It’s not yet known when Kokoro will open its doors at the Manchester Arndale.

Featured image: The Manc Group

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