This is the first look inside Sheffield’s new Oriental artisan food market and restaurant – which officially opens today.
Oisoi, in the St Paul’s Place restaurant quarter in the city centre, allows diners to choose their own ingredients before taking them to an upstairs mezzanine area to be cooked – with the option to watch on a television screen or through a glass fronted kitchen.
Thirty jobs have been created by the venture.
Sheffield businessman Jay Wang, also behind the Chinese supermarket on Matilda Street and Wai Ding restaurant in West One, scoured Asia for three years for ingredients for the ‘new generation’ venue.
They include some not seen in the UK before. Rare handmade Chinese mooncake desserts crafted on site are also on sale.
Jay said: “I’m excited to be sharing all this delicious food and the story of the producers, with the people of Sheffield.”
The market includes a fresh hand-pulled noodle stand, four types of pour-your-own soy sauce made by a Japanese supplier for 300 years, plus an ‘east meets west’ salad bar and hot food, fish and meat counter.
There are hundreds of products, from handmade fresh sauces to oriental beers.
Head chef Max Castaldo has worked at the two Michelin starred Restaurante Lasarte in Barcelona.
Staff will aim to break down the mysteries of oriental cuisine and introduce new tastes.
Hot food counter dishes change each day, with prices from £6.99, and in the dining area menus change weekly. The first five course menu costs £11.99.
Oisoi opens at 10am, with free samples and guided kitchen tours.