The team behind the multi-million pound new foodie experience, Lu Ban, have said that the restaurant will change the face of Chinese cuisine in the city and offer an unparalleled range of authentic dishes and quirky dining options.
Watch above as we meetExecutive head Chef, Dave Critchley who tells us exactly what we can expect from the menu.
Keeping with the authentic theme and because eight is a super-lucky number in China; we’ve picked eight reasons why this place is going to be so special.
Forget your current perception of Chinese food and think exquisite, freshly prepared dishes, influenced by the changing seasons and the authentic tastes of the Tianjin region. The food here will be light, bursting with authentic flavours and work well with our Western palettes. From the mind-blowing range of freshly made dumplings to exquisite chocolate work and an eclectic range of Tianjin classics; a dining experience here will be a true culinary journey.
We think you will be blown away when you see what the team have done with over 5,500 square feet of the former Cains site. No expense has been spared in creating a truly magical dining experience. The opulent, contemporary interior houses an impressive bar area and several private dining options as well as the main dining room and the quirky design touches really add to the overall experience.
Fancy becoming a dumpling master? Love to explore the world of tea or fancy becoming a wine connoisseur? If you are a passionate foodie or just fancy learning a new skill there are an exciting range of mini-courses and fun experiences on offer.
The team are passionate about passing on their knowledge so hope all guests will leave having learnt a little bit about Tianjin and its rich foodie culture.
Private dining is big news in China. Traditionally Chinese restaurants are broken off into lots of smaller dining spaces and the guys have gone some way to recreating this here in Liverpool. Alongside the main dining room which seats xxx guests you can choose from the traditional Tianjin Private Dining Room, the intimate inner sanctum of the Chefs Table, the quirky, interactive Food Lab or the food pairing heaven that is the Wine Room. All of the rooms offer a unique dining experience and must be reserved in advance.
Alongside the food, the drink offering here is going to be pretty special. The wine and champagne list is one of the finest in the city and the cocktails are an oriental inspired treat for the senses. Choose from an exceptional range and Tianjin inspired mixes or ask your bartender to create you something unique. You can also enjoy a selection of delicious Tianjin snacks or dumplings with your tipple at the bar so what’s not to love!
Plant based foodies will be in foodie nirvana with the exquisite Kingdom menu. A thoughtfully curated range of exceptional veggie and vegan delights which represent a real taste of Tianjin. From street food inspired noodles and delicious broths to sublime tofu treats and of course dumplings you will literally be spoilt for choice.
The ultimate foodie experience. Join Executive Chef Dave Critchley and his brigade for an eight-hour masterclass in the art of Chinese cooking. Learn how to create a Tianjin inspired banquet and master the basics of this unique style of cookery. If you are feeling really brave you can invite six of your friends to join you at the end of you ‘shift’ to sample the dishes you have prepared at your very own chefs table.
Sunday’s are all about sharing at Lu Ban. Think delicious dumplings, Tianjin inspired buns and a mesmerising range of dishes all designed for sharing. Gather your gang together ad feast on succulent whole duck, aromatic chicken, steamed shellfish or the vegan sharing platter. Wherever you choose to sit and depending on the size of your party you can enjoy the same menu in a variety of dining spaces including the Tianjin Private Dining Room, Chefs Table or Food Lab.
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