Japanese restaurant

Japanese restaurant MUSU will open in Manchester this autumn

Translated as “endless possibilities”, the new restaurant will offer diners three different menu options – an a la carte “sentaku” menu; a seven- and 11-course kaiseki menu; and an omakase menu, which will be served at a six-seat omakase counter chaired by sushi chef Andre Aguiar.

Ingredients will be sourced from Japan where required, including kombu and soy sauce and A5 grade wagyu beef, but also more locally, with langoustines sourced from the Isle of Skye and salted free-range duck from Devon. MUSU will also serve certified, sustainable and traceable wild bluefin tuna.

Chef-patron Shaw’s resume includes time spent at Raymond Blanc’s Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Pied a Terre co-founder Richard Neat’s eponymous restaurant in Cannes. Aquiar was trained by Japanese sushi master Yugo Kato.

The new multi-million pound restaurant will feature bespoke Italian furniture and geisha wall designs and will have an open kitchen in the center of the dining room as well as a bar. A private dining room will seat up to 14 guests and can be completely separated from the main dining room by a glazed telescoping wall that can be frosted at the touch of a button.

The restaurant has also been designed to transform into a more drink-focused late-night venue on weekends, replicating the Japanese tradition of after-dinner “nijiki” with booth tables that can be transformed into cocktail-style tables. .

MUSU is run by Manchester-based hospitality experts Vincent Braine and Marius Kamara, who have operated venues such as Suede, The Milton Club and Dive Bar & Grill. Its COO is restaurant consultant Danny Fox, who was a founding partner of Living Ventures.

MUSU will open on October 6.