It’s one of this year’s most anticipated openings in Leicester but now the wait is almost over as Sonrisa is set to open next month.
Sonrisa, has been created by Jabbar Khan, a multi award-winning restauranteur from Birmingham. Following huge success with his first opening, Lasan Indian Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, he has since gone on to grow an expanding portfolio including Fiesta del Asado; the long-established Indian cafe, Raja Monkey, and his new Portuguese-Indian venture, Estado da India.
Sonrisa represents Jabbar’s first foray into Leicester and he commented, “We are thrilled to launch Sonrisa into Leicester. In Buenos Aires, ‘Buena Onda’ refers to good food, good times and good company. It’s a catch-all phrase for anything that puts a Sonrisa (smile) on your face, and we can’t think of anything that makes people smile more than ‘buenos aires’ (good air), delicious food and fine wine.
We know from experience that Leicester is a city of many cultures and cuisines, and we hope to build on that premier league reputation for sensational food and give you plenty of reasons to smile from the inside out”.
Sonrisa will be opening on St Martin’s in the spot previously occupied by Delilah, but having undergone a full interior refurb. The former Leicester Savings Bank building, which dates back to 1873, has been sensitively and beautifully transformed with a bright, airy feel – thanks to the large picture windows and stunning double-height, glass feature ceiling. They’ve brought a lushness to the venue with exotic greenery and an eclectic mix of furniture and furnishings in gorgeous shades of teal, mustard, navy and wood. It creates a picture-perfect, comforting vibe that’s as perfect for lunch and dinner, or just as special for cocktails or as a late-night café-bar hang out.
With an open kitchen and authentic menu bursting with new-favourites, diners can expect high end dishes including perfectly cooked steaks and fresh seafood.
Sonrisa will serve throughout the day from noon – 11pm. The perfect place to kick back with a cocktail or enjoy a meal with friends, Jabbar adds, “Eat some delicious food or drink some wine. Sway to the intoxicating music that dances out of the bar and spills into the busy street. At Sonrisa, friends old and new gather to raise a glass. So go on — grab a friend, grab a drink, and stay as long as you like”.
Sonrisa’s 50% off opening offer has now passed, however you can now book tables directly through the Sonrisa website.