Ayaan’s restaurant has officially opened its doors to customers, with a menu taking influence from authentic Pakistani and Indian cuisine.
The venue, located at 44-46 Old Road, Astley Bridge, Bolton, has undergone a six-figure sum transformation to create a new 80-capacity dining and events space and bar.
The business venture comes from founders and friends, General Manager Mohammed Jabir and Head Chef Habib Ur Rehman. The team behind Ayaan’s have created 15 new job roles from kitchen staff to bartenders and front of house to name a few.
The menu includes specialty dishes such as Lamb Sookha Bhuna and Peshawari Chicken alongside a range of vegetarian options, while its signature Ayaan’s Mixed Starter offers diners an incredible selection of meats.
Founder of Ayaan’s Mohammed Jabir said: “Having worked in hospitality venues across the North West since I was just 19 years old, I saw that there was a real opportunity to bring something new to Bolton and the surrounding areas in the form of authentic Pakistani and Indian cooking. There’s nothing quite like this locally and having grown up in Bradford and experiencing this style of cuisine all my life, I know it’s an incredible way of traditional cooking that I believe deserves more recognition.
“Together with my business partners, including our head chef, we devised a menu based on bringing the real taste of Pakistan and the Middle East right here to Bolton. This is an incredibly exciting chapter for all of us as our first restaurant together – and it’s been a privilege to centre it around a style of food that we all love.”
To complement the food offering, Ayaan’s boasts an impressive cocktail menu alongside an extensive selection of beers, wines and spirits.
Mohammed Jabir added: “When we acquired the venue earlier this year, it was merely a shell and we’ve really poured everything into creating a stylish setting, perfect for families, friends, couples and even larger scale parties and private events when restrictions allow. We have more developments in the pipeline such as the creation of an outdoor dining space, so this really is just the beginning for us.
“Embarking on a new venture, particularly in hospitality, during the pandemic hasn’t come without its challenges but it’s made our opening even more rewarding. We’re incredibly proud of the team for their dedication to the project and for helping us achieve such a fantastic space which includes the likes of flower walls and bar seating. In the process, we’re delighted to have created a host of new jobs for those in Bolton’s local community and we hope to see the team grow with us in the years to come.”