Nelson commissioned for noodle chain's debut UK kitchen

Nelson Catering Equipment has put the finishing touches to a scheme that marks the entrance of pan-Asia Pacific restaurant group Ippuda into the UK market.

The group operates restaurants across Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Australia and the US, but has now expanded into the UK with its first site in London. The venue also represents its maiden venture in Europe.

The site needed a large, open kitchen — totally visible from the restaurant — and a fully-fitted bar as well as various back-of-house facilities, including a preparation kitchen, noodle kitchen, ambient, refrigerated and freezer storage rooms, and dishwashing station.

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Nelson was commissioned to provide the facilities and oversee the kitchen design and installation.

“We were delighted to be commissioned for this exciting venture,” said Andy Bugge, who project managed the entire job with the support of Nelson’s design team. “It’s the chain’s first venture in Europe and, as such, will be an important flagship for the brand.”

Nelson’s team had to translate the exacting requirements of the Japanese kitchen brigade into UK-approved equipment alternatives, which involved various cooking demonstrations for the chefs in Ippudo’s test kitchen on UK-specified kit.

Bespoke fabrication also had to be arranged and delivered within a tight installation schedule.

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