A fu­sion of North Africa and Mid­dle East re­places Thai

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - PARVEEN THE SPICE QUEEN -

A stylish new restau­rant with food in­flu­enced by Turkey, the Mid­dle East and Morocco will soon be adding to the eclec­tic eat­ing out scene in Peter­bor­ough.

Ta­van is cur­rently tak­ing shape in the for­mer Mai Thai restau­rant premises on Lin­coln Road, part of the award-win­ning Pearl Ho­tel com­plex.

The Thai buf­fet restau­rant, which opened to some ac­claim in 2012, closed un­ex­pect­edly last week - and the ho­tel own­ers have wasted no time in bring­ing in a re­place­ment.

Pearl Ho­tel gen­eral man­ager Iva Banyalieva said: “It is a shame to see Mai Thai close but it is im­por­tant we have a restau­rant and bar in place for our guests.

“We are very ex­cited about Ta­van. The new team com­ing in - a man­ager who has worked in some well known ho­tel restau­rants and a chef from a Miche­lin Guide listed restau­rant - will of­fer some­thing spe­cial, not just for the ho­tel but for Peter­bor­ough.”

She added: “Work has started on the re­fur­bish­ment and the decor will change com­pletely – new colours, fur­nish­ings and light­ing.

“There will be a new, cen­tralised round bar, and a com­fort­able lounge area with im­ported hand-made chairs.

“The food they are promis­ing will be amaz­ing with lots of Moroc­can in­flu­enced tagine dishes, and plenty of Turk­ish and Mid­dle Eastern dishes cooked over char­coal.

“I can’t wait to see the fi­nalised menu.”

The new restau­rant is ex­pected to open in Oc­to­ber.

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