A gorgeous new ramen restaurant is opening in Manchester city centre

New Wave Ramen has had a shop inside Mackie Mayor for years, now the team is branching out with its own restaurant.

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 26th July 2023

One of Manchester’s favourite ramen shops is set to open a permanent new home on Tib Lane in Manchester city centre this year.

New Wave Ramen, one of food hall Mackie Mayor’s most popular kitchens, is expanding as it gears up to open a second location in town this October.

Promising “no geishas, no gimmicks,” the new two-floor restaurant, situated in a historic building, will serve ramen bowls by day inspired by the new wave styles of Tokyo.

By night, meanwhile, it will serve an evening izakaya menu celebrating native produce “with Japanese soul,” consisting of family-style small plates and sharing dishes cooked over sustainable charcoal.

The new restaurant at 16 Tib Lane will sit close to the popular French Bistro 10 Tib Lane – opened in August 2021 by the teams behind the now-closed late-night NQ ramen restaurant CBRB and Chorlton cocktail bar Henry C.

A pork sando at New Wave Ramen. / Image: New Wave Ramen
Truffle Shoyu ramen at New Wave Ramen. / Image: New Wave Ramen

Dishes will include signature ramen bowls and small plates from the binchotan-fired grill, alongside sustainable seafood, and a strong plant-based selection of dishes dictated by the availability of local growers.

This will be accompanied by a thoughtfully curated wine and sake list, highballs, and local beers, and served to the backdrop of an eclectic playlist.


Joining owners Phil Cook (former CBRB), and Matt Walsh (brains behind Tender Cow) on this project will be Elliott Williams, DJ and member of noughties Birmingham rock band Editors.

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Image; The Manc Group
The ramen bar at Mackie Mayor. / Image: New Wave Ramen
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Sunshine ramen by Matsudai ramen shop during New Wave’s summer of takeovers. / Image: The Manc Group

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There has long been a link between food and music cultures, in particular with ramen, and the group hopes to harness this to create a special atmosphere for customers.


New Wave is bringing together a strong team on all fronts, with experience from Michelin restaurants and ramen shops across Europe.

The team will be armed with knowledge and passion for Japanese food and culture, and be ready to share this with their guests from October.

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The venue will be built on the core principles of Japanese hospitality, with the aim to offer the very best experience for customers. Just the highest level of service, with great food and drinks, all served in a fun and relaxed space.

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