NEW OPENING: Wood-fired ‘New Wave’ Thai BBQ in the Northern Quarter

A New Wave Neo Bangkok 12-Course Experience in the Northern Quarter.

By Steven Pankhurst | June 8th '21

This is district

We were lucky enough to try out the new concept from the @tokyoramenmcr team last night and my word, were we impressed. The second you enter District you’re transported into a kitsch Neo-Bangkok eatery, like something out of Blade Runner, complete with video projections, meticulous touches and a huge open kitchen that dominates the space.

This ‘New Wave Thai Kitchen’ provides a progressive approach to Thai food using their wood-fired barbeque to create a multi-sensory experience for diners – which is perfectly encapsulated with their 12-course ‘Full Experience’ menu (£85).

A journey through a great many Far Eastern influences, dishes, flavours, spices and cooking techniques – this gastronomic 12-course extravaganza is certainly an experience from start to finish, and is easily one of the most interesting and exciting menus that we’ve seen in the city for a very long time.

Highlights include the Ribeye ‘Not Taco’ with a twist on the Thai Nam Tok salad and topped with a wicked Japanese mayonnaise that is smoked on their in-house wood-fired barbeque.

Ribeye ‘Not Taco’

There’s a Hereford x Angus Beef Short Rib that cuts like butter, cooked in a Thai Red Curry sauce and finished with ‘smococonut’, Local Hogget Belly in a Thai chilli Nam Prik Pao and finished with super-smoky crispy kale, and a banging Aged Goosnargh Duck served on a bed of apple aubergines and a spicy Phat Phet jus.

Enjoyed alongside all of the food is a concise but very impressive cocktail menu – which mirrors the complex flavours and textures of the food menu. I was drinking the ‘Dream Gun’ for most of the night, a delicate blend of Grilled Banana Bourbon, and turmeric which was like drinking butter – only better.

Enjoyed alongside all of the food is a concise but very impressive cocktail menu – which mirrors the complex flavours and textures of the food menu. I was drinking the ‘Dream Gun’ for most of the night, a delicate blend of Grilled Banana Bourbon, and turmeric which was like drinking butter – only better.

District is an absolute feast for the senses and is certainly one of the most impressive additions to the city’s food and drink scene for a long while now. It’s super relaxed and casual – Staff were fantastic, it’s a pure delight to see your dishes being made next to you on the open barbeque kitchen and the food is considered, complex and undeniably sublime. You should get booked in ASAP.