Indian restaurant and cocktail bar to open next to Great Central Railway


A new Indian restaurant and cocktail bar is due to open in the county soon, and the administrators have shared the details exclusively with LeicestershireLive. Twenty1 is launched alongside the Great Central Railway, at the Greenacres site north of Leicester.

According to managers, guests can expect to sample authentic Indian cuisine, with a range of different curries, as well as chef’s specials, such as lobster masala. Prash Barber, one of the two managers, told LeicestershireLive: “We want to serve all the dishes that people like in a good Indian restaurant, but we want to add dishes, like lobster masala and meat thali, that other Indian restaurants don’t offer.

Prash has a background in the automotive industry and law enforcement, having spent 10 years as a special constable for Leicestershire Police. He said opening a restaurant was the fulfillment of an ambition for him and fellow manager, Neil Sidhpara.

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“My business partner and I have always wanted to open a restaurant because we enjoy fine food and drink and we wanted to start our own,” Prash said. “As soon as we saw this place, we both knew it was the right one for us.”

The venue is in what Prash described as a unique location, surrounded by greenery and with the Great Central Railway right next to it. Another element that will set the venue apart from its competitors, according to the directors, is its chef, who previously worked for celebrity Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor at his restaurant in Dubai and at the Taj Lands End hotel in Mumbai.

Opening in what was the Met Cafe, Twenty1 will have a “vintage modern” look, Prash said. As well as authentic Indian cuisine, it will offer a range of drinks from wines and beers to cocktails, including some using dry ice and other elements to add a bit of drama to the experience.

It has free parking without restrictions. Twenty1 is due to open in June.


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