Coming soon: city’s first sake bar, new chicken restaurant and bubble tea café

A Japanese sake bar, a chicken wing specialist and a bubble tea café are all opening soon at Circle Square

Manchester is about to get its first Japanese sake bar, along with a chicken wing specialist and bubble tea café, all expected to open at Circle Square soon.

Manchester’s first sake bar, Monkey Trio, will open alongside Tsujiri, the Japanese matcha dessert tea house.

Monkey Trio will offer a range of Japanese sakes, whiskies and matcha beers.

The duo will be underneath Vita Living North in Circle Square, Oxford Road, and are expected to open in May. 

Bird of Prey will also be joining them soon, bringing superior fried chicken to the heart of the city.

Whether you’re a fan of a fiery chicken wing or prefer American style chicken and waffles, they promise there will be something for all fried chicken fans.

With a secret method for dredging and frying its chicken, combined with great shakes and homemade sauces, Bird of Prey is hoping to be the new chicken-hotspot in town when it opens in May underneath Vita Living North.

The third company that’s set to make an arrival in May at Circle Square is Momo Cosmetics underneath Vita Living East.

The new retailer will bring a wide range of popular and high-quality Japanese and Korean skin care products and food.

Finally, Uncle T, which opened earlier in the month joining Hello Oriental, One Home supermarket and Trib3, brings together traditional bubble tea with a localised Manchester menu that is a proven hit within the city.

The Uncle T Specialitea menu features classic milk and fruit teas, as well as showstopping unique teas like Iron Goddess fresh milk tea and sweet potato boba.

“Circle Square is fast becoming Manchester’s go-to destination with new restaurants and retailers opening each month,” said Max Bielby, Chief Operating Officer from Vita Group.

“There’s a real buzz surrounding this new community and what’s to come and we can’t wait for Manchester to get its first Japanese sake bar with Monkey Trio and Tsuiri, showstopping fried chicken and waffles thanks to Bird of Prey and Pan-Asian teas and cosmetics with Uncle T and Momo.”


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