Bankside Japanese restaurant Tsuru is to open a second site in the newly-constructed 201 Bishopsgate development in London next month
The 32-cover restaurant, which is the second site for Tsuru founders Emma Reynolds, Ken Yamada and John Zimern, will serve a similar menu to its sister outlet, focusing on a blend of traditional Japanese sushi and katsu curry.
Designed by Design LSM, the team behind Galvin La Chappelle, Tsuru at Bishopsgate will seat an additional 30 covers in a outdoor covered area, while adopting a contemporary Japanese style for its interior dining area, which will be overseen by co-owner and Bankside general manager Reynolds.
Tsuru expansion and sustainability
Speaking to BigHospitality, Reynolds said the aim was always to expand the Tsuru brand with a second site.
“We wanted to be in our Bankside place for two years before we opened a second site, and as its been going great guns down there we thought it was about time to launch this one,” she said. “Hopefully we will have one more restaurant within central London in the next couple of years."
Reynolds added that Tsuru had also been working toward gaining Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) approval for its Bankside restaurant.
"Our mainstay is handmade sushi and the katsu curry, which have been made using fresh, sustainable fish from our supplier Direct Seafood."
Sri-Lankan head chef Raja Elyathamby will oversee the kitchen at the new site, while Sandy Watt will be promoted to general manager at the group’s original restaurant.