The Mailbox set to welcome twice Michelin-starred chef

The Mailbox – Birmingham’s premier lifestyle and shopping destination – has today confirmed the arrival of twice Michelin starred chef from Benares London, Atul Kochhar.

The Mailbox is the UK’s largest mixed use property outside of London and is home to exclusive stores, waterside restaurants, cafes and bars, a luxury independent cinema, hotels, and 200,000 sq ft of office space home to the BBC, Advanced and Associated Architects.

Atul Kochhar, renowned for his ability to combine his Indian heritage with his love of British ingredients, will open his new restaurant concept – NRI by Atul Kochhar.

Located in a high profile position at the front of the Mailbox, NRI by Atul Kochhar will span over 5,000 sq ft and will showcase high-quality but affordable spiced dishes that draw inspiration from everywhere Atul has ventured, from Malaysia and Japan to South Africa and beyond.

Born out of his passion for discovery and travel, and his extensive knowledge of the evolution of Indian dishes throughout history, NRI by Atul Kochhar will serve a selection of the star dishes that were originally brought over by migrants to the far corners of the British Empire.

Cooked fresh on-site from one of the restaurant’s two kitchens, the tempting menu will offer a number of hot and cold small plates, grilled dishes, sides and desserts, all served within a rustic and welcoming environment reminiscent of colonial India, complete with high ceilings, hanging lanterns and copper and dark stone. The restaurant will also be open for breakfast every day.

As well as the food, NRI by Atul Kochhar will have its own bar serving a variety of lagers, craft ales, wines and culinary inspired cocktails – including the Passion Fruit Chutney Martini with no less than seven different types of chilli.

Sitting within NRI by Atul Kochhar will be Atul’s exclusive dining room called The Chef’s Table by Benares – a 24 cover standalone sophisticated and contemporary space overlooking a private kitchen where Atul and his team will be working and serving Michelin-quality prix fixe menus.

The exclusive dining room will also be used for private dining events and masterclasses, hosted by Atul himself.

Atul Kochhar comments:

I’m very excited to be opening my new concept in Birmingham, a city which I have long admired for its diversity and food culture.
There is a complex plethora of Indian cuisine that has developed outside of India and each of my dishes tells a beautiful story – stories that I am keen to share with Birmingham.
The Mailbox is a modern, sophisticated development in the heart of Birmingham, and one that boasts premium quality space, occupiers and customer base. It’s the perfect location for my new restaurant and we can’t wait to open later this year.

Simon Samuels, partner at Brockton Capital LLP, says:

As well as luxury fashion, home and lifestyle, the Mailbox is fast becoming a foodie destination in its own right.
Birmingham’s culinary scene has a deservedly growing reputation, and we’re delighted that Michelin starred chefs are recognising the Mailbox as the destination to showcase their food to the city.

The announcement of NRI by Atul Kochhar follows the opening of Tom’s Kitchen, the restaurant and bar by acclaimed chef Tom Aikens, in December last year. As well as a restaurant, Tom’s Kitchen operates a deli within the Urban Room mall offering affordable and express options for breakfast, lunch and afternoon treats.

The Mailbox is also home to Harvey Nichols’ 45,000 sq ft flagship store; fashion retailers including Paul Smith, BOSS, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Underwear, Armani Collezioni, Daniel Footwear, L.K. Bennett and Gieves & Hawkes; Ribble Cycle’s first ever flagship showroom, in addition to Castle Fine Art, Everyman Cinema, Malmaison, AC Hotels and the Mailbox’s popular canalside bars and restaurants. 

The Mailbox is set to launch its leading edge, smart technology solution and customer app this year, bringing a range of new and exciting services to deliver a whole new level of engagement. The new Mailbox app will allow customers to pre-book and pre-order food, access personalised promotions and experiences, book tickets for events and get the latest exclusive content.

For more information about NRI by Atul Kochhar, please visit or follow the conversation on Twitter @NRIBirmingham. 



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