Chef Ak­tar goes Ital­ian in sec­ond city cen­tre ven­ture

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Ak­tar Is­lam

TOP Birm­ing­ham chef Ak­tar Is­lam is to open an­other restau­rant in his home city.

Legna, based in Sum­mer Row, will be his sec­ond restau­rant in Birm­ing­ham.

Due to open in Novem­ber, it is the lat­est ven­ture in Ak­tar’s AI Restau­rants chain, with more planned in com­ing years.

The new Ital­ian is just doors away from his ex­ist­ing restau­rant in Sum­mer Row, Opheem, which opened in May of this year.

It oc­cu­pies the site of the for­mer FSK restau­rant, which was op­er­ated by Ak­tar as Mi Amore.

Legna – which is Ital­ian for ‘fire­wood’ – will have 70 cov­ers and will “blaze a trail for Ital­ian cook­ing”.

It will fo­cus on eight starters and eight main dishes, and have just two va­ri­eties of home­made pasta, which will change reg­u­larly ac­cord­ing to sea­sonal pro­duce. Mr Is­lam said: “This is the cul­mi­na­tion of a dream for me and I am so ex­cited about wel­com­ing guests to Legna,” he said. “It truly will be like no other Ital­ian restau­rant in the city, both in its vi­sion and its de­liv­ery. “We’ll stay true to tra­di­tional Ital­ian cook­ing tech­niques; how­ever, our dishes will have the flair and in­no­va­tion that din­ers have ex­pe­ri­enced at Opheem. “Our chefs will fo­cus on a rel­a­tively small num­ber of great dishes to en­sure cus­tomers’ ex­pec­ta­tions are al­ways matched and hope­fully ex­ceeded. “Gone are the days of over-long menus. Cus­tomers now want au­then­tic­ity and qual­ity, not over­load.”

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