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Thai Express opens at Grand Central in Birmingham

Global quick service restaurant (QSR) brand Thai Express has opened its first regional UK branch, at Grand Central in Birmingham. The restaurant features a street food-inspired open kitchen with two wok stations to cater for eat-in and takeaway customers.

The interior, by design agency Faber, reflect the materials and architecture of Bankok, with concrete and metal juxtaposed with wood and greenery. The Thai flower emblem is incorporated into the design, with bespoke fret-cut lotus flower light pendants acting as focal points in the restaurant.

Thai Express has more than 300 sites around the world, with five in the UK. This is the second UK branch outside London.

Thai Express managing director Sachin Pattani says, “Opening our fifth UK restaurant and first in the West Midlands is a real milestone in our brands global expansion. We specialise in combining traditional Thai cuisine with new-world design and flavours, and are thrilled to now offer this passion for authentic Thai food with our new customers in Birmingham.  The location above the busy New Street Station and alongside some fantastic retail and dining brands is exciting and we already feel very much at home.”

Sarah Fox, head of restaurants and leisure and centre owner Hammerson, says Thai Express reflects a developing food offer at Grand Central: “We are delighted to welcome Thai Express to the growing dining line-up at Grand Central. Their quick service offer of authentic Thai food follows in the footsteps of Comptoir Libanais and Mowgli who have also opened their first restaurants in the region at Grand Central this year. This new opening adds to the international cuisine available, making this one of the city’s most exciting dining destinations in terms of choice and variety.”