House of Fu is set to arrive in Manchester this October, taking over the former Architects Society building on Portland Street.

Specialising in modern ramen, rice bowls and small plates, the venue will also become a late-night party spot complete with state-of-the-art karaoke rooms.

House of Fu began its journey back in 2014, being met with immense popularity as a pop-up at Belgrave Music Hall, for which it was awarded ‘Best of the Best’ at that year’s British Street Food Awards.

The brand then popped up at various venues and music festivals as the team continually developed the concept, testing out ideas collected on inspirational trips to New York, Tokyo, Portland and Los Angeles.

The first site opened in 2021 on Leeds’ The Headrow, where the team has gained a loyal following for their innovative flavours and creative takes on Japanese favourites such as gyoza, katsu and tonkotsu broth.

Owners Simon Stevens and Ashley Kollakowski said of finding their ideal Manchester site: “Manchester is home to some of our favourite restaurants and shops and it’s been great getting to know the city a little more whilst looking for a home for House of Fu. There’s such an exciting food scene in Manchester and there seems to be more great openings announced every week, we’re really excited to be part of it!

“We’ve developed some incredible new dishes for the Manchester menu which we can’t wait to share with you alongside the obvious hits like our spicy tantanmen and the sleeper fave, the cucumber salad.”

Ben Iley, a long-time collaborator of the team who formerly ran the kitchen at Michelin-recommended restaurant, Ox Club, will oversee Manchester operations. Many years ago, after planning to visit Tokyo for one month, a trip which turned into 10 years, Ben worked at some of the country’s most esteemed restaurants including Aquavit, The Tokyo American Club and Fujimamas.

House of Fu will open its doors in Manchester on Fri 20 Oct.

Ahead of the opening date, House of Fu will be holding a one-night-only soft launch with 50% off the entire bill for those who are lucky enough to bag a booking. You can sign up to be amongst the first to receive the booking link here.

Fri 20 Oct, House of Fu,
113-15 Portland St, Manchester M1 6DW
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Published on:
Wed 20 Sep 2023