Called Unimini, it will specialise in bespoke Korean and Japanese-inspired lunchboxes, and will allow customers to choose either rice or noodles with a selection of ingredients to build their own meal, including kimchee, meat, vegetables and sashimi.
The debut site will be located on Eastcheap, near Monument station.
The opening is the latest venture from CheeMC, which specialise in authentic Korean fried chicken.
“This new concept will extend our business to meet the growing demand for good takeaway options in central London,” says Lee Wooyung, of CheeMC, which also operates Gogo Pocha in Waterloo.
“Hungry tourists and workers will be able to eat quickly and for excellent value, all while being able to construct their bento boxes in a way that is completely tailored to them.”
“Unimini will fit well into this area of the City, which is developing rapidly in terms of retail and leisure,” says Tom Crosthwaite at corporate and property advisor CDG Leisure, which acted on behalf of the previous tenant.
“With the operator’s expertise in Korean cuisine, the restaurant is guaranteed to be a welcome addition to the lunchtime offer,” he adds.
CheeMC operated a Korean restaurant in Southwark, south London. It received a positive review from restaurant critic Jay Rayner but closed in 2017 after rat droppings were found in its food.