Tampopo bring their signature brand of Pan Asian street food ‘to the street’ with “Tam Pop Up” on Manchester’s iconic Exchange Square…
“The 35 cover ‘baby Tampopo’ restaurant
has been specially built…”
As the Corn Exchange gears up to transform itself into a treasure trove emporium of food and drink, flagship eatery Tampopo has moved on out to make way for the £30m redevelopments ahead, which will see the iconic building become a premier dining and drinking destination home to 13 independent restaurants and a boutique hotel.
Tampopo is the city’s original, authentic, specialist Pan Asian restaurant – proudly bringing the best in Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Japanese, Malaysian, Filipino and Korean dishes to the people of Manchester for more than 17 years.
Far from going into hibernation while the developments happen, Tampopo has now emerged as “Tam Pop Up” – a brand new Tampopo experience for the city.
The 35 cover ‘baby Tampopo’ restaurant has been specially built for the occasion and although serving up Tampopo classic dishes, the look and feel of the venue is a departure from Tampopo’s usual style, with a more colourful atmosphere taking over from Tampopo’s traditionally more minimalist décor. Wooden benches and long communal tables have made way for cute, kitsch table clothes of patterns favoured by street food cafes of South East Asia, with Vietnamese style plastic stools.
The cleverly designed structure with its glass and steel roof, and retractable features, allows for light, bright, al fresco dining and drinking, should the Indian Summer that Manchester longs for arrive as promised. Thanks to the flexibility of Tam Pop Up though, it will also be the perfect place to enjoy a hot, winter-warming curry and beer come the Autumn/Winter.
The food also offers something new for Tampopo, with the arrival of their first ‘small plates’ menu. A paired down version of their usual menu sees all “Tam Pop Up” dishes served as small plates options too, meaning customers can graze through a medley of Tampopo’s most famous dishes for a dining experience that can be as sociable as you feel, as well as offering an easier, more affordable way to try more of the dishes together in one sitting.
“Tam Pop Up” will serve up a new ‘Grab and Go’ menu too – the restaurant has a dedicated take-out serving hatch so noodle lovers can swing by from noon till nine to get a Tampopo fix.
“Tam Pop Up” will be home to the brand’s first Bahn Mi – the classic Vietnamese sandwich. What’s more, 50p from every Bahn Mi sold with be donated to Mines Advisory Group (MAG). MAG helps to save lives and build futures by making it safe for communities across the globe to grow, build, learn and live. They help to clear landmines, reduce risks and reclaim land that is contaminated by conflict to provide a safe, secure future for those communities affected by war and weapons.
Tam Pop Up is now open from 12noon – 9pm (and a bit later at the weekends)