Self-taught chef Sham Alom will open Arisi (which means ‘rice’ in Tamil) in the £7m K2 development in the centre of Hull. The development will also feature office space, a gym, luxury flats and an events space.
Arisi will serve food inspired by the diets of Bangladesh and east Indian districts, where rice is preferred over breads such as naans and chapattis.
The menu will move away from sauce-based cooking methods in favour of healthier techniques. Its signature dish will be Quorma Dum Pukht – braised lamb shank cooked in a pastry-sealed pot.
There will be a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes available, as well as fresh fish dishes using local cod and mackerel from St. Andrew’s Dock.
In attempt to capture the lunchtime trade, Arisi will serve an express lunchtime menu, including lightly spiced small plates, aimed at local office workers
Rumi’s closed in 2015 due to rising costs. Before it closed, ot won a number of awards including for Best Newcomer and Best Maitre d’ at the Asian Curry Awards in 2017. It has also been shortlisted for the British Curry Awards.